Arctic char feeds, frigid river swims, polar bear alertness, and a no-portage descent of the 18 falls of the Nachvak River through the Torngat Mountains—or so summarizes the sixth and seventh field reports from Destination Torngat team captain Ben Stookesberry. It’s been a hell of a trip… on the mighty George, on the raging Ford, and on a river that Stookesberry called “the most awe-inspiring and distinctive whitewater any of us have ever seen.” The sum total of all this epicness on an expedition along historical canoe routes deep in Labrador’s Torngat Wilderness is an expedition kayak trip fast-acquiring legendary status as one of the all-time best we’ve covered on the Live Your Adventure blog.
For those of you who have been following along, Ben Stookesberry’s Destination Torngat has been an epic expedition in the true senses of those words. We’ve picked up their story at the Nachvak Headwaters in part five of the written Live Your Adventure saga, but one of the most interesting aspects of this trip was their connectivity from the wilderness. This DeLorme InReach uplink and sat phone signal allowed them to complete audio dispatches from the wilderness. Today, we’re posting the final three recaps from Soundcloud for your own expedition listening pleasure.
The last time we reported on the Destination Torngat crew, they had reached the end of the mighty George River in the Labrador Wilderness and proceeded to make the second descent of the raging Ford River. Their expedition kayak trip has been nothing short of spectacular, and the images they’ve been sending in via sat phone uplink have transported all of us to a remote wilderness of waterfalls, polar bears, historical canoe routes, and vast, open vistas in Eastern Canada’s rarely visited northern reaches. Those who have been following along via DeLorme inReach updates know how this story ends, but for the rest of those drawn in by this adventure, we’re linking it all together with Ben Stookesberry’s fifth field report from Labrador.
Since she first pitched the creative idea, we’ve been big backers of Lynsey Dyer’s Pretty Faces project. For Dyer and her crew of hard-charging ladies, it’s been a long road of finding creative inspirations, launching an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign, stacking serious footage, editing into the wee hours and apparently, unicorns. But after many stages, phases and diversions, and much anticipation for an all-women’s ski movie, the Unicorn Picnic crew has simultaneously launched the teaser and announced the tour dates. The LYA blog will report on the tour kick off in Boulder on September 30th and be first in line to cheer on the new women of ski film when Dyer takes her tour to our hometown.
Last year, Eddie Bauer athlete Kyle Miller jetted to New Zealand for the counter-seasonal snowboard season. He had many, many adventures in the Southern Alps, but he stuck around for a few extra weeks to sample the legendary treks and tracks with his new Kiwi friends. While the system of tracks and huts in New Zealand is world-famous, Kyle provided us with his best images and recommendations for hiking that land of adventure. This is Kyle’s recap of his long walk in the Southern Alps.
A few weeks back we officially launched the Eddie Bauer Adventure Guide ap. So far it’s been getting rave reviews from outlets as diverse as Outside Magazine and the American Kennel Club. The reason—it’s a guide to finding your next hiking, biking, kayaking or overall active adventure in active epicenters around the country. Check it out as a pocket resource for ticking off your next epic or your next adventure. Download it here or read the full breakdown below. —LYA Editor
Our favorite world-traveling vagabond—Kyle Miller—just completed a lap through Southeast Asia on his way to the southern snow season in New Zealand. Along the way, he checked out Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Bali, alternating between the temples of Angkor Wat, the beaches of Vietnam, and the moped culture of Bali. In classic Kyle Miller form, he did it all on a shoestring budget, exuding his characteristic global optimism and in one pair of Eddie Bauer Full Circuit shoes.