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.
In the wake of the tragic events on Everest and in Nepal this past weekend, we were deeply saddened both personally and as a brand. While all of our guides and teams—including Melissa Arnot, Dave Hahn, David Morton and the Heroes Project—have reported in safe after the devastating earthquake and destructive avalanche at base camp on Mt. Everest, we’re all still trying to make sense of the tragedy and the fatalities. We’ve been following the reports from Hahn on the RMI blog about his successful evacuation from Camp One on Everest, but in this moment we also turned to the powerful perspective of Eddie Bauer guide Jake Norton, a UN Mountain Partnership ambassador who maintains a close connection to the people of Nepal and the Himalayas. In a report that originally ran yesterday on his MountainWorld blog, Norton recaps the tragedy and what can be done in its immediate aftermath.
Our Eddie Bauer adventure travel guide Julia Dimon has been around the globe a few times, with visits to 80 countries on all seven continents. 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 snapshot a few of her most memorable experiences. This adrenaline moment of interaction—with a serious rope swing—is from Livingstone, Zambia.
Last month we reported on the grand reopening of our new flagship freeride store on the Village Stroll in the freeride mecca of Whistler, BC. For those who have experienced the 8,171-plus acres, 200-plus named runs and 5,354-vertical feet of ski terrain at Canada’s largest mountain resort—or the world-class lift-serviced freeride mountain biking—the on-hill action is reason enough to head 90 minutes north of Vancouver for a visit to the area and an après stop at our most stocked outdoor, active Eddie Bauer store in Canada. But for those who need more of a life-list draw, the clear local’s favorite event is the annual World Ski and Snowboard Festival, a spectacle that brought the Live Your Adventure blog north to send out the ski and snowboard season north of the border last week.
Today is Earth Day, and every Eddie Bauer purchase made in-store or online will add a dollar to the partnership with American Forests that has resulted in 6.5 million new trees planted in the last two decades. Last week we profiled the 18 Global ReLeaf projects we’ve decided to support for 2015. Monday, we tracked down Jami Westerhold, senior director of forest restoration programs for American Forests, for an extensive education on forest ecology, the impacts of wildfires, the Global ReLeaf program, and Eddie Bauer’s partnership. Today—on the holiday celebrating the founding of the modern environmental movement—we’re providing the official context from our CEO Mike Egeck on why Eddie Bauer has backed this cause for two decades and the conservation goals our brand has set for the future.