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Mustang Mystery, Episode Three, Mustang Himal
Posted on April 9, 2015

Melissa Arnot, breathing slowly and methodically, moving up from high camp on the Mustang expedition.

To find a new perspective on high-altitude climbing, Eddie Bauer guide Melissa Arnot traveled to the beautiful Upper Mustang region of Nepal last fall in an effort to find and climb one of three newly permitted 20,000-foot peaks. With a different definition of success and incredible challenges of routefinding, Arnot, guide Ben Jones and filmer Jon Mancuso pioneered a new route on a self-supported mission aimed at a first ascent in previously unexplored Himalayan terrain. Two recon attempts and fifteen days of struggle later they became the first climbers to stand on the summit of 20,600-foot Mustang Himal, a first, first ascent for Arnot we profile in the conclusion of our Mustang Mystery series. —LYA Editor

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Mustang Mystery, Episode Two, Recon on Mansail Peak
Posted on April 8, 2015

Star shot at base camp below Mustang Himal and Mansail Peak.

Last fall, the Nepalese government granted climbing permit access to more than 300 unclimbed peaks that range from 5,800 to 7,900 meters. Melissa Arnot, co-founder of the Juniper Fund, journeyed to three of these peaks last fall hoping to rediscover her love for high-altitude climbing in the extremely remote Upper Mustang region of the Himalayas. Securing permits for three previously unclimbed peaks with limited beta and poor maps, Arnot tackled an exploratory, self-supported climb with guide Ben Jones and filmer Jon Mancuso. In part two of the Mustang Mystery series, we follow the climb from the tiny mountain outpost of ChungChung to Camp 2 en route to a recon on Mansail Peak.

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Mustang Mystery: Episode One, the Approach
Posted on April 7, 2015

Pokhara, Nepal with Fishtail Peak looming. The journey starts here.

After the tragic events on Everest last year, Melissa Arnot was feeling disillusioned about high-altitude climbing. Yet her love for Nepal, its people and its mountains remained strong. So, in the fall of 2104, Melissa Arnot traveled back to the tallest range in the world but changed course, journeying to three newly permitted 20,000-foot peaks in the Upper Mustang region with guide Ben Jones and filmer Jon Mancuso on a self-supported journey to see what they could climb. In part one of the Mustang Mystery series we follow this journey, starting with the long and tedious approach just to reach the base of Mansail, Mansail South and Mustang Himal. Yesterday we posted Melissa’s reflection on the journey, today is episode one of Mustang Mystery. -LYA Editor

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Melissa Arnot Summits Mustang Himal in Nepal
Posted on April 6, 2015

Melissa Arnot paying her respects the summit of 20,600-foot Mustang Himal, Nepal.

After the tragic events on Everest last season and her peacemaker role the season before, Melissa Arnot was clearly feeling disillusioned about high-altitude climbing, which is not only her passion but her profession. Yet her love for Nepal, its people, and its mountains remained strong and unwavering. So she changed course last fall, traveling far north and far west to the largely unclimbed Upper Mustang region on a stripped-down expedition with mountain guide Ben Jones.

Their mission was a self-supported first ascent of Mustang Himal, a 20,600-foot, newly permitted, and previously unclimbed peak with extremely challenging access and almost no beta. What she rediscovered was the purity of high-altitude climbing and a different personal perspective on the Himalayas. We will be tracking the steps of her journey on the Live your Adventure blog this week in our Mustang Mystery series, but first, this is Melissa’s long-anticipated story of her climb and her reawakening, deep in one of the most mysterious regions of the Himalayas.

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Lexi du Pont wins Ski Week; Lynsey Dyer Gallery from Revelstoke
Posted on April 3, 2015

KC Deane finding some spring pow during a thin year in interior BC. P: Lynsey Dyer

The Eddie Bauer ski team spent an entire week earlier this month at Revelstoke Mountain Resort and Eagle Pass Heli, shredding corn, flying in helicopters, hitting extremely tiny kickers, engaging in Canadian après, and just generally reveling in the fun of our inaugural Eddie Bauer ski week. Part spring ski trip, part professional shoot, ski week turned the serious vibe of most pro trips into a celebratory chance for the stacked roster of our team to connect, shred, and just hang out in a great spring ski destination.

With seven professional athletes, a team manager, a writer, a filmer and a photographer in attendance, it was also a fierce competition, with points awarded for random events such as cat-track race victories (by Andy Mahre), photo-of-the-day posts (by Lynsey Dyer), and backflips attempted with the young shredders of Revelstoke (by KC Deane). But Lexi du Pont came away the unofficial winner by tallying a paragliding flight over Revelstoke Mountain Resort, picking up a heavy après tab at the Rockford Grill and surviving a frightening tumble down the Sickle Couloir in the Monashees unscathed—but capturing it on her GoPro. She parlayed her victory into two more fun-filled weeks in residence in Canada’s epicenter of freeride.

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Chris Coulter Sums Up the Silverton Mountain Experience
Posted on April 1, 2015

Chris Coulter

Eddie Bauer snowboard guide Chris Coulter has already migrated up to Haines, Alaska, for another spring season guiding professional freeski royalty  at SEABA Heli. But Coulter’s midwinter gig is at the one-chair, one-heli, backcountry-style area of Silverton Mountain in southwest Colorado. On his off days, he sharpens his skill set splitboarding in the surrounding San Juan backcountry. We caught up with Coulter on a rare down day to get his take on Silverton, the San Juans, and guiding clients in southern Colorado’s challenging snowpacks.

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Tabke Takes Fifth at Xtreme Verbier
Posted on March 31, 2015

The crowd at the 20th Anniversary Xtreme Verbier P: J Bernard

Eddie Bauer skier and two-time world champ Drew Tabke wrapped up his 2015 FWT season with a fifth place finish at the Xtreme Verbier this past weekend on the steep, sharky Swiss venue that has made so many famous during two decades of freeride at the legendary competition. Tabke earned a score of 85.00 with his calculated, consequential and flowing run on the Petit Bec, cracking the top five for the third time this season and building on his impressive results from Chamonix, France and Haines, Alaska. Tabke finished this season’s world tour in fourth place overall with 6760 total points.

Drew Tabke on his way to a fourth place finish at the FWT finals in Verbier.

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