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Korbulic and Stookesberry Target Irrawaddy First Descent in Myanmar
Posted on January 14, 2016

En route to Myanmar’s Irrawaddy

Chris Korbulic and Ben Stookesberry’s first mission of 2016 could be considered for lack of a better word, ambitious. It’s a one-way kayaking journey that charts a course from the most remote corner of the Himalaya, 1,200 miles south into Myanmar through stretches of river never seen before by the outside world. The expedition begins in a zone only recently opened to outsiders near Myanmar’s northern border with Tibet. Here the team will target a first kayak descent of the Upper Maykha River, the highest headstream of the legendary Irrawaddy.

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Jake Norton Offers a Mountain Perspective on Melting Glaciers and International Climate Action
Posted on January 11, 2016

Endangered African glaciers. The glaciated twin Mount Stanley summits of Alexandra (left) and Margherita (right) rise from the upper ramparts of Mount Stanley on the border of Uganda and the DRC at sunrise. Photo: Jake Norton

As mountain professionals, our guide and athlete team has witnessed first-hand the impact of global climate change. So as the news about the Paris COP21 agreement filtered out last month, we asked UN Mountain Partnership Ambassador Jake Norton to crystalize his thoughts on what it all meant for the mountains. All of the members of our guide and athlete team have personal stories about disappearing glaciers, but Norton has a rare talent for putting an alpine perspective into thoughtful words. In this powerful essay he explains why this issue matters to anyone who works, plays or lives for the mountains.

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The Essence of Adventure in 2015; The Top Ten Videos
Posted on January 1, 2016

Ben Stookesberry, fully committed, in the heart of the Beriman Gorge. P: ReelWater

As we look back on the year in adventure in 2015, we’ve compiled your likes, shares and views to pick our top stories of 2015. But more than just words and pictures, the Live Your Adventure blog was also home to a succession of amazing video edits during 2015. As the year turns, we’ve picked our top ten videos through the same meticulous metric process——on both the Eddie Bauer YouTube and Eddie Bauer Vimeo channels—for you to watch again and enjoy as you are recovering from last night’s celebrations. So we encourage you to start off the New Year off with one hour, seventeen minutes and 31 seconds of cumulative visual inspiration that will ultimately inspire you to get off the couch and get after it this year. 

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The Essence of Adventure in 2015; The Top Ten Stories
Posted on December 28, 2015

Yoga on the summit of the Goat, Svolvaer in the distance, Lofoten, Norway

It’s the time of year when we all love lists. Reflecting back on the year that was, these numeric rankings serve to provide us with the mental montage of twelve months that always flash by in a blur. It’s a time of reflection and celebration as well as the pause we need before we charge back in to the New Year. The editorial staff at the Live Your Adventure blog is no different and we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of our top ten stories of 2015 that exemplify the spirit of adventure. Through a scientific process that would make an accounting firm proud, we’ve tabulated your likes, shares, views and retweets to narrow down an impressive selection into our top ten blog posts of 2015. We hope that collectively, they provide you inspiration to get out and explore in 2016.

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Jon Mancuso Gallery from the Wrangell St. Elias Experience
Posted on December 21, 2015

Being on the glacier is like being on the beach, kind of. Adam enjoying the view while waiting for dinner at basecamp.

Last week we told the captivating story of Melissa Arnot’s snowbound struggle on Mt. Bear in Alaska’s St. Elias range. It was a brutal trip with powerful storms, multiple crevasse falls and a thin margin of food and fuel reserves while waiting for the glacier plane pick up. The untold story is that of photographer and cinematographer Jon Mancuso who experienced his own plunge into the abyss, hanging with his photo pack from a single knot in the darkness of an Alaskan crevasse until his team  pulled him back into the light. It was a trip unlike any he has ever experienced. As Mancuso told the LYA blog, it’s a rare climb when he puts his camera away but a stretch of this one required complete focus for personal safety. He did however, capture incredible footage and images of the experience. We’re very relieved the team landed back safe and this is Mancuso’s gallery from when he did have the camera in hand.

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Melissa Arnot Escapes Brutal Storm on Mt. Bear in the St. Elias Range
Posted on December 18, 2015

Making slow, cautious progress from basecamp down valley then up and around to the team’s first camp on Mt. Bear.

When Melissa Arnot headed for the remoteness of Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, it was to cleanse the tragic events in Nepal and on Everest with a wilderness climbing experience. But Alaska can be an unforgiving place. Instead of a quiet glacier camp and rejuvenating alpine climb on 14,831-foot Mt. Bear, her small self-supported team experienced sketchy crevasse-ridden navigation, multiple life-threatening situations, and a storm that held them captive until they ran out of food. As Melissa recounts, “That’s why they call it climbing, not summiting.” We’ve published the captivating video journal of their experience, but this is her final report on a mission deep into one of North America’s most remote ranges.

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Snowbound Alaska with Melissa Arnot, Part Two
Posted on December 17, 2015

When Melissa Arnot, Adam Russell and Jon Mancuso headed for the remoteness of Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, it was to cleanse the events on Everest with a wilderness climbing experience. But Alaska can be an unforgiving place. Instead of a quiet glacier camp and rejuvenating alpine climb on 14,831-foot Mt. Bear in the St. Elias range, her small self-supported team experienced sketchy crevasse-ridden navigation, multiple life-threatening situations and a storm that held them captive until they ran out of food. Snowbound Alaska captures their brutal alpine climbing experience. —LYA Editor

Camera by Jon Mancuso, Edit by Mancuso and Karl Archer

Making our way back to basecamp after descending from Mt. Bear in Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve.

Check out the Katabatic Tent that kept the team alive in the St. Elias Range at eddiebauer.com.

 

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