For anyone who has been paying attention, it’s not news that the ski and shred season in South America has been firing this year. For the past few weeks our Facebook and Instagram feeds have been filled with an endless stream of deep powder and blue-sky images from Southern Hemisphere hot spots such as Portillo, Valle Nevado and Cerro Catedral. We’ve been a little envious. And, as you would expect the Eddie Bauer First Ascent ski and shred team has been part of the professional migration. To celebrate the their good fortune, we’re running their visual recaps all week long from being in SA when the legendary Santa Rosa storms hit. First on our list is Eddie Bauer snowboard guide Chris Coulter, who has spent nearly a decade of southern Patagonian winters guiding SASS Global Travel campers around the spectacular Cerro Catedral backcountry near the mountain town of Bariloche, Argentina.
At Eddie Bauer, we advocate for an outdoor, active culture. Our crew at HQ bikes, climbs, skis, camps, fishes and travels, both in the vast wilderness areas of the Pacific Northwest and throughout North America. But some of our employees are more active than others. One of those exceptionally active individuals is Eddie Bauer brand historian Colin Berg, who recently tackled a 1,000-mile bike ride through Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana as part of the Bike the US for MS charity ride. Against consistent headwinds, braving endless rumble strips and on lonely open roads, he pedaled his ride from Minneapolis, MN, to Malta, MT. When his legs recovered, he provided us with his open road perspective on the journey.
Summer and road trips go hand in hand. For many of us, loading up the bikes, the gear, and all the other toys—then hitting the open road—is a summer ritual that is repeated year after year. For Eddie Bauer athlete Andy Mahre and Live Your Adventure contributor Shannon Skouras, that big bike mission took shape in an epic summer singletrack trip through Idaho and Utah. This is Shannon’s first of two reports on the buff trails, soaring temperatures, and stuck landings they experienced on their singletrack-seeking circuit. And on this last official weekend of road-trip season, we hope it inspires you to get out of town for a ride.
Conservation is a deeply ingrained value at Eddie Bauer and our brand is a proud member of The Conservation Alliance, a collective organization of outdoor businesses whose contributions support grassroots environmental organizations and their efforts to protect wild places so important to active, outdoor enthusiasts. A highly respected and highly successful effort, Conservation Alliance funds have played a critical role in protecting rivers, trails and climbing areas, as well as vast stretches of wild lands and wild forests throughout North America for the past 25 years.
Twice a year, Alliance members are enlisted to vote in an effort to select the list of proposals that will be awarded with a $50,000 Conservation Alliance grant, funding a total of $800,000 worth of projects that serve the greater nonprofit good of preservation, recreation, and restoration in our wild lands. The projects up for consideration are all worthwhile causes and it’s always a really, really tough decision.
So, as part of our say in this process, we’re opening up the voting to all Eddie Bauer fans, employees, and customers. With much discussion, we’ve narrowed down the list of worthwhile projects to our top ten and are asking you to decide how we will officially rank our preferred projects, which will ultimately help decide the causes that get funded.
We couldn’t pick them all, but we’re giving you the voting power to help us decide. Vote for your favorite project based on the voter’s guide below. All ten are good causes, but your vote matters, so log your choice on our official online voting page and please vote only once. —LYA Editor
A global expedition kayaker who needs no introduction, Ben Stookesberry has been the expedition instigator for more than 120 first descents on sections of Class V or Class VI rivers in 36 countries. He’s also been named one of the “50 Most Adventurous Men” by Men’s Journal and created award-winning adventure films that have thrilled at the Banff Film Festival. It goes without saying that he knows a thing or two about global travel, which is why we tapped him as the eighth and final member of our guide and athlete team to provide some travel tips and stories for Adventure Travel Month on the Live Your Adventure blog.
If you’ve been paying attention to the Live Your Adventure blog, you know that August is Adventure Travel Month at Eddie Bauer. Our guide and athlete team has logged some travel miles, but no one on the roster has been more deeply immersed in a global ski migration than Eddie Bauer skier and two-time Freeride World Tour champ Drew Tabke. He’s road-tripped through the Alps with the Russians and through the Andes in a questionable camper van, but since our blog is rated PG-13, we didn’t ask him to elaborate on the secret Russian dance clubs or the Spanish phrases in graffiti script on that infamous camper van. But we did ask him for his best tips on travel. This is his response.
One of the worst wildfire seasons in history is now raging in our home state of Washington, as more than a hundred fires currently burn throughout the Pacific Northwest. As you’ve seen in the news, multiple wildfires continue to rage across wide expanses of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, and Montana. Alaska has already experienced the worst wildfire season in its history. The fires have destroyed homes and businesses in their path, forced residents to leave their neighborhoods, and claimed the lives of three firefighters in Washington last week.
In our home state alone, more than half a million acres have already been consumed in one of the largest conflagrations of wildfire in Washington’s history. Air tankers, smokejumpers, and 1,250 crew members, as well as 700 members of the National Guard and U.S. military—in addition to municipal volunteers who answered a statewide call—are currently fighting more than sixteen massive blazes in the central and eastern part of the state, many of which may smolder until late into fall.