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Mason Earle Sends El Espanol in La Mojarra, Colombia
Posted on August 13, 2015

On their recent trip to La Mojarra, Colombia, Mason Earle targeted El Espanol (14a) as his king line of the trip and this video edit sums up his experience of working out the project for a successful send. “The rock isn’t super featured. The routes here—at least the hard routes—end up being big moves on big holds. This area really suits my style,” Earle summarized.

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Lambert and Earle Unlock the Secrets of La Mojarra, Colombia
Posted on August 6, 2015

Steep rock and jungle atmosphere make up the ambience at La Mojarra. Mason climbs one of the classic lines, Lord Gales.

This spring, Eddie Bauer climbers Katie Lambert and Mason Earle headed south to the red sandstone of the La Mojarra climbing area in Colombia. Landing at the Refugio La Roca, high on the Mesa de los Santos next to Chicamocha Canyon National Park, the relaxed zone drew them south as the spring heated up, to sharpen their vertical skills and to experience the cultural richness of an area that treated them to world-famous coffee, fresh hippie fruits, edible insect harvests, dancing lessons and bolo, a national game of beer-bet bocce.

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The Richness of Colombia as a Climbing Destination
Posted on August 3, 2015

When Katie Lambert and Mason Earle headed for the bullet-hard red sandstone of La Mojarra, their motives were more than just climbing. “On a trip like this, the climbing is really just an excuse to come down here and visit Colombia,” Earle explains. “It’s such a great country, and there are so many awesome things that you don’t get to experience in everyday life.”

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Chris Korbulic Runs the Box Canyon of the Clark’s Fork of the Yellowstone
Posted on July 24, 2015

Thunderstorms and dark clouds added drama to every corner and horizon line and piece of whitewater. One of the most dramatic rapids on the river, Balls to the Wall, races along the base of a vertical face, forced to the left by crashing off giant boulders on the right. Here Seth Swallen drops in to the steepness.

If you are a regular visitor to the Live Your Adventure blog, you know that Chris Korbulic gets around. With whitewater trips to Labrador and Papua New Guinea in his recent past, he’s not just a pro kayaker but also a professional traveler. But what does Chris do to unwind after paddling in some of the most remote corners of the globe—well, apparently he hits the road and takes a river trip to the Box Canyon of the Clark’s Fork just outside Yellowstone National Park. Rated as “one of the definitive multi-day class V kayking trips in North America” by American Whitewater, the Box Canyon of the Clark’s Fork is a river respected, even by the most experienced boaters, for its scale and danger. Korbulic checked in with the five-star report of a classic American whitewater trip while braving the iconic park in peak season, despite the hordes of wildlife traffic jams on the narrow no-passing-lane roads.

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Caroline George Rolls with her Family on a Classic Rock ‘N’ Road Trip
Posted on July 22, 2015

Couple's time in Tuolumne Meadows

Whether she is climbing a very serious WI6 ice line, guiding a north face in the Alps, or just making it back in time for daycare pick-up after a steep skiing mission in Chamonix, we are constantly inspired by the force that is Caroline George. But on a content team of active folks with parental responsibilities, her story of a classic American climbing Rock ‘N’ Road trip with her husband, her young daughter and their big, rambling black Dodge cargo van wins the family camping trophy in our book. It’s inspired us so much that the family van life seems like something we should all try for a few months, if we could only cash in that sick time and hit the open road to the next crag. 

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KC Deane Discovers Sci-Fi Lines in China’s Gobi Desert
Posted on July 17, 2015

Total Recall—This is a shot of me riding the first day in the Gobi, another example of the varying and incredible landscape.

Eddie Bauer dual-sport athlete KC Deane has journeyed to some otherworldly locations, but his recent trip to China’s Gobi Desert to film with the Fastfokus crew was straight out of a sci-fi movie set. Total Recall sand, Tatooine landscapes, and Blade Runner travel underscored full-on, full-face freeride biking in a culture so foreign that it feels alien even without the geological oddities. After sorting out the security specifics of accessing unblocked social media in China, Deane sent us this incredible photo gallery of his journey through the wormhole of space and time.

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Mason Earle Breaks Down His First Free Ascent of El Cap’s Heart Route
Posted on July 10, 2015

Mason Earle and Brad Gobright add their names to the short list of climbers who have had the courage and vision to take on an El Capitan free-climbing first-ascent project. After months of work spread out over five years, the climbers finally stood on top of El Cap in Mid-June, after all the pitches were climbed clean.   During their six-day continuous ascent, temperatures in the valley soared, and the wet spring caused certain key pitches to pour with water.

A few weeks back, on June 17, Eddie Bauer climber Mason Earle completed the first free ascent of El Capitan’s Heart Route (V10 5.13b). The successful six-day big-wall climb was the result of five seasons of work and vision in a climbing partnership with Brad Gobright, who freed all but one move on the route. The scale of the accomplishment is massive, with a 27-pitch climb, including nine 5.13 pitches, twelve 5.11 pitches, and a crux horizontal dyno move on the sixth pitch that Earle rated at V10 or 5.13+. The route was first climbed in 1970 as one of the climbing mecca’s earliest big-wall routes, but it took forty-five years for a successful free ascent. Logistically, the team spent six days on the wall to complete the ascent, climbing during the day and bivying high on the wall at night. The climbing was complex but the gnarly crux was a sideways dyno, high above the deck, that Earle completed after seriously tweaking his shoulder on a previous try. We caught up with Earle after he landed in Chamonix, France, for his take on the exposed climbing, the Heart Route achievement, and making his second mark in the storied history of Yosemite climbing.

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