Recently, we received a very polite email from Elliot Singer, a 13-year-old girl living in San Francisco, California, who has already climbed Adams, Whitney, Rainier and Longs Peak. The young mountaineer—who has also heli-skied in Greenland and trekked to Everest Base Camp—was preparing for a trip through the Himalaya with Eddie Bauer guide Melissa Arnot to climb Lobuche Peak, Kyajo Ri, and Island Peak, which all top out at more than 20,000 feet. We read her email, her outdoor resume, and her story, all of which were impressive for someone just about to enter high school. So, as Everest season starts in the Himalaya, we’re giving Elliot her first adventure byline here on the Live Your Adventure blog.
Last fall, Eddie Bauer guide Caroline George headed north to Norway and generated one of our top ten blog posts of the year. Her appreciation for all things Norwegian is no secret, but sneaking away for a long week in the land of the Vikings was a little more complicated this winter. Battling bronchial sickness, the demands of guiding and a little motherly guilt about spending more time at home, she almost opted out. But she flew north back for the encore, climbing tough in the Lyngen Alps and on Senja Island while her lungs were telling her to give it a rest. Now that she is finally recovered, this is is her confessional trip report.
Ben Stookesbery and Chris Korbulic represent the essence of adventure. Their most recent first descent of the Beriman Gorge in Papua New Guinea is an order of magnitude greater than any objective they had ever tackled. The 13-day, 13-gorge first descent that could only be partially scouted by air placed them in harm’s way in the middle of one of the world’s most remote jungles.
The trip earned them a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year award and now the footage has been condensed into Locked In, an episode on Red Bull TV that premieres tonight. We’ve posted the teaser above and included a selection of previously unreleased images of their mission. You can read more about their mission in our first recap of the Beriman at blog.eddiebauer.com or just wait for the full episode tonight. We’re still a bit in awe.
When we bought Eddie Bauer athlete Drew Tabke a ticket to the Tetons, we told him to get after it in three days. He landed in Jackson and linked up with guide Kent McBride and photographer Chris Figenshau, who have earned a life list of impressive ascents in this impressive range. Then Tabke did just that—ticking off 12,926-foot Mt. Owen via the West Ledges and Koven routes just two days removed from catching his flight. His long weekend climbing trip turned into a master class on mountaineering, earning a coveted summit, then retreating to lower elevations for some flyfishing and a climb on The Worshipper as the weather took a Teton turn for the worse. This is his in-72-plus-hour trip report.
Eddie Bauer freeskier and two-time world champ Drew Tabke earned a third-place podium finish in the Freeride World Tour stop in the legendary venue of Haines, Alaska yesterday. On one of the world’s biggest freeride venues Tabke earned his spot with a massive backflip in the middle of an impressive run, taking home his first podium of the 2016 season in a tough field of 14 of the world’s best freeskiers who made the cut after the first three competitions of the World Tour season in Andorra, Austria and Chamonix, France.
Photos and report courtesy of Freeride World Tour/J Bernard and D Daher
Unfortunately, due to a technical glitch, the live stream of the contest was unavailable but the successful event in Haines went off in the beautiful Chilkat mountains for a second consecutive year with near-perfect snow on beautiful spines and a genuine Alaskan ambiance. Finding a spot on the podium has proved elusive for Tabke this season but his typical innovative line selection and massive backflip secured his third place finish in a the only venue in his home country this season on the tour. The home court advantage added an extra charge for Tabke, who has been training as an Alaskan heli guide in a few brief breaks between tour stops this season.
As the world’s best freeriders know, everything is bigger in Alaska, including Tabke’s result from the penultimate stop on this year’s tour. The podium finish for Tabke qualifies him for the Freeride World Tour Finals at the Xtreme Verbier in Switzerland next week, giving him an outside chance to still secure a third world tour overall title on the legendary Bec des Rosses venue. Check out the replay of the ski competition in Haines, including Tabke’s impressive run, below.
Each month we will be featuring one 2016 reforestation project supported by our longstanding partnership with American Forests. Last month we checking in on a fire damaged area of the San Bernardino Mountains a few months after actor and activist Ryan Reynolds planted the organization’s 50 millionth tree as our philanthropic ambassador for the effort. Today we head south and east to Florida, where a replanting effort of the Longleaf Pine is designed to help stem the encroaching ecological impact of climate change.
Eddie Bauer guide Reggie Crist always seems to be in the zone when the words heli and extravaganza converge. That was the case in late February for the annual Croney Cove Blowout—complete with thousands of vertical feet of heli-fueled bliss, a serious crab feed and a soundtrack provided by famous musician, and verified heli skier, G Love. Reggie tried to convince us to be part or the party, but we, for some reason, declined. Now that we see his photographic proof, we’ve got a serious case of heli FOMO. There is always next year.