Andrew Bennett has chased trophy fish around the globe with his fly rod in hand, so when he picked the easy access of an undisclosed Hawaiian location for his next bonefishing trip, we knew it would either be really, really good or really, really exotic. It turned out the trip and the location were a little bit of both. In his latest global fishing report, the Sport Shop guide reports from a prime Pacific fishery with a distinct cultural feel, where he saw the biggest bonefish of his life.
The 50 Peaks Challenge took the northeast by storm, ticking summits of Mt. Marcy, Mt. Mansfield and Mt. Washington in New York, Vermont and New Hampshire. After successful climbs in the Adirondacks, Green Mountains, the White Mountains and in Maine, the team stats hit a tally of 27 peaks with a grand total of 24,676 vertical feet in 16 days. They jumped back in the van and completed a long drive through Eastern Canada then landed in the Huron Mountains of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. In episode three we look back, tracking the travels and perspective of Melissa Arnot and Maddie Miller through this populated but mountainous state.
A few months back flyfishing guide and photographer Adrienne Comeau joined our team’s bonefishing trip to an undisclosed Hawaiian island. In addition to catching some powerful fish, she also captured a collection of stunning images of Eddie Bauer guides Lel Tone and Andrew Bennett in action. We picked 38 of our favorite Comeau images from the trip and asked her to provide the captions. Without giving too much away, we’re ready to jump a flight to the islands right now. —LYA Editor
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
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.
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
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
Edit and Images by Jon Mancuso