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50 Peaks Takes the Northeast by Storm; Rolls Past the Halfway Point
Posted on July 14, 2016

The 50 Peaks Challenge has surpassed the halfway point of their trip with successful summits of Mt. Marcy, Mt. Mansfield and Mt. Washington in New York, Vermont and New Hampshire. After successful climbs in the Adirondacks, Green Mountains and the White Mountains, the team has reached a tally of 27 peaks with a grand total of 24,676 vertical feet in 16 days. Melissa Arnot and Maddie Miller are now heading to the heartland next, track their progress in real time one peak and post at at time at eddiebauer.com/50peaks. —LYA Editor

Most folks think New York is all skyscrapers and subways, but the north country—and the state’s 124-year-old Adirondack Park in particular—is a 6 million acre reserve of wild spaces and rocky vistas. Here the 50 Peaks Challenge team ticks the highest point in the state, 5,343-foot Mt. Marcy, on their way to summit 24 of the trip.

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50 Peaks Burns Through the Deep South, the South and the MidAtlantic
Posted on July 13, 2016

The Fifty Peaks Challenge came in hot, burning through the American Southeast and the Mid-Atlantic states while ticking 15 peaks from Florida to West Virginia during big days of road miles and high points. In Episode 2 of the journey, we check in with Eddie Bauer guide Melissa Arnot and her protege Maddie Miller while they find a road trip flow on an epic climbing trip aimed at summiting all 50 highpoints in the U.S in 50 days. Follow along in real time at eddiebauer.com/50Peaks.

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50 Peaks Challenge Tallies Road Miles and High Points on the East Coast
Posted on July 8, 2016

 

We’ve been live tracking the 50 Peaks challenge through the American southeast, where they’ve been ticking off big days of road miles and high points. They’ve tagged 14 peaks, in 14 different states, so far and are roughly on track as they roll through the Mid Atlantic region on their way to the more challenging summits of the Northeast, including Mt. Marcy and Mt. Katahdin. Follow their progress and feeds in the live tracking map above or at eddiebauer.com/50peaks. —LYA Editor

Virginia is for lovers.

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50 Peaks Challenge: Episode One Denali
Posted on July 7, 2016

Last weekend we got word that guide-in-training Maddie Miller of the 50 Peaks Challenge had reached the summit of Denali in Alaska. This week we received the full video story of the mission from Jon Mancuso. It’s a heartfelt one with a touching summit moment. Enjoy! —LYA Editor

The summit ridge of Denali at 20,000 feet. Maddie Miller walking it out to the top.

Edit and Images by Jon Mancuso

Maddie Miller on the move above camp 3 at 14,500 ft, Mt. Foraker in the background.

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Insider’s Guide to Joshua Tree with Mason Earle Episode Three
Posted on July 1, 2016

For the past two weeks we’ve been recounting the tales of our climbing team’s trip to Joshua Tree, including a deep, soulful reflection from Katie Lambert and the third season of the Insider’s Guide with spirit guide Mason Earle. Today is the gripping conclusion of the video series, where Earle takes in a few of the oddities of Joshua Tree, from the Noah Purifoy museum and a drum wash from a medicine woman to an organic coffee roaster who brews one mean cup of joe. —LYA Editor

Mason Earle, casual noontime bouldering on The Wedge.

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Insider’s Guide to Joshua Tree with Mason Earle Episode Two
Posted on June 29, 2016

On Monday we ran the first installment of our third season of the Insider’s Guide series, following spirit guide Mason Earle south to the desert climbing mecca of Joshua Tree. In this episode Mason gets the local beta on the thousands of documented and undocumented routes in the Park, takes in climber’s coffee with the local climbing ranger and makes a serious pizza at Pie for the People. —LYA Editor

Edit by Karl Archer, Camera by Owen Bissell, Photos by Gabe Rogel

Mason Earle gets rowdy on the Acid Crack (5.12d).

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50 Peaks Challenge Summits Denali, Kicks Off Mission
Posted on June 28, 2016

Eddie Bauer Guide, Melissa Arnot, in partnership with Eddie Bauer, Microsoft and popchips, launched the 50 Peaks Challenge yesterday; a 50-day expedition in which she and Guide in Training, Maddie Miller, aim to summit all 50 highpoints in the U.S. With this challenge, the climbing duo aims to encourage mentorship and inspire people everywhere to live their adventure, even if it’s in their own backyard.

Words by Molly McWhinnie, Image by Jon Mancuso, Map by Gramwire

Guide in training and 50 Peaks team member Maddie Miller finds her way across the mighty glaciers of Denali with Mt. Foraker in full view on the first tick of the mission. P: Mancuso

The challenge officially began on June 27 when Miller reached the summit of Denali, the highest mountain peak in Alaska and North America. Arnot mentored Miller and provided team support from afar while finalizing trip logistics for the remaining 49 summits ahead in the challenge.

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