The esteemed members of the Eddie Bauer guide team have had the honor of guiding some celebrated individuals over the years, from certified Hollywood stars and the publisher of Rolling Stone magazine to the NFL commissioner and the former governor of New Mexico. But the latest fly-fishing story from Sport Shop guide John Burrell clearly takes the prize. The tale starts with questions from the Secret Service and ends with a former president and Nobel Peace Prize winner nearly landing a prized brown trout at Tipiliuke Lodge in Argentina. But JB tells it better than we can.
Last week we ran our first report back from Eddie Bauer kayakers Ben Stookesberry and Chris Korbulic from a mission that traveled more than 5,000 miles through South America to film and document a landmark whitewater kayaking expedition for ten episodes of Kaiak, the world’s only syndicated whitewater kayaking show. The first report was on the legendary waterfalls and dam politics of Southern Brazil, but the second installment in the series is a lookback at the legendary Patagonian whitewater they found further south at the Rio Diamante, the Futeleufú and the Rio Baker on their long road trip south. The images they brought back are stunning and this is their report.
Over the course of the last two months, Pedro Oliva, Chris Korbulic, and Ben Stookesberry traveled more than 5,000 miles through South America to film and document a landmark whitewater kayaking expedition. From the legendary waterfalls of southern Brazil, through the high Andes in Argentina, to the mighty rivers of Chilean Patagonia, their expedition was unlike anything else they’d ever attempted before. The mission was for ten episodes of their seventh season of Kaiak—the world’s only syndicated whitewater kayaking show—bringing them to a crazy expedition milestone of having completed over 100 episodes of the show since its inception in 2010. This is the first of three reports recapping their trip south from the waterfall nation of Brazil to the wild rivers of Patagonia.
Our Eddie Bauer adventure travel guide has found herself in some strange global situations. Her new book, Travel Junkie, A Badass Guide to Travel, chronicles the best of the best as a global backpacker. But for her new adventure dispatch column on the Eddie Bauer blog, we asked Dimon to recount the oddest moments and strangest cultural interactions she’s encountered—and this tale of living life as a monk in Korea ranks near the top of her list.
When the earthquake rocked the country of Nepal and the avalanche on Mt. Everest thundered down upon base camp on March 25th, Eddie Bauer guides Melissa Arnot and David Morton were both on different climbs in the Himalayas. Neither was at Everest base camp and both reported in safe via sat phone within a few days. Yesterday, Arnot and Morton—who co-founded the Juniper Fund to help Sherpa families faced with tragedy—reported in with more detailed accounts of their current status and location in the aftermath. For those seeking an update, this is what they had to say.
On April 25, we were deeply saddened to learn that a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. With over six million people living within 60 miles of the epicenter, the results of the quake were devastating loss of life and infrastructure throughout a community that we are deeply connected to through both our guides and our mountaineering heritage.
In light of this ongoing disaster, Eddie Bauer is making a donation to the American Red Cross Nepal Earthquake Relief efforts, as well as arranging for the donation of gear and clothing to the people impacted by this tragedy. We are working diligently to get this critical gear directly into the hands of the people in the greatest immediate need. To join us in helping people affected by the earthquake in Nepal, make a donation of your own at: http://www.redcross.org/cm/eddiebauer-pub
It has now been more than three days since the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit the country of Nepal, triggering widespread destruction, tragic loss of life and an avalanche that hit Everest base camp. Outdoor news outlets such as Outside Magazine and National Geographic have covered the latest reports from the field and from the mountain, but we’ve focused the Eddie Bauer Facebook and Twitter feeds on updating the status of our guides and teams in the region. For those who may have missed these reports in the crisis coverage, we’ve summarized what we know about the safe status of David Morton, Dave Hahn, Melissa Arnot and The Heroes Project with links to their sources. Once again, our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Nepal and to all those impacted by this catastrophic event.