Melissa Arnot says she is not a natural athlete – instead, it’s her rigorous training regimen that gets her up every mountain she climbs. The high-altitude climber, fitness disciple, and peacemaker currently holds the western women’s record with five summits of Mount Everest, which means she knows what it takes to reach the top. With this month’s launch of Eddie Bauer’s new line of Motion apparel—which focuses on building strength, endurance and fitness for adventure—we tracked down our brand’s most serious mountain athlete for an interview on what it takes to train for the world’s biggest peaks.
Images courtesy of The Freeride World Tour/Dom Daher and David Carlier
Eddie Bauer skier Drew Tabke earned a podium spot at the Freeride World Tour event in Chamonix, France on Saturday with a strong finals fun in the birthplace of extreme skiing. The two-time Freeride World Champ earned his third-place spot with a smooth, creative run from the 13th start position that netted a score of 89.25. The event was held on the Chamois Face in the Brevent section of one of the world’s greatest freeride destinations.
Last season’s FWT champ, Loïc Collomb-Patton (FRA) won the event on his home country turf with a score of 92.75 just after the contest was put on a long weather hold due to low hanging dense clouds interfering with safety helicopter logistics. The Chamonix Mount-Blanc stop kicked off to the 2015 World Tour in fine form with male and female skiers and snowboarders, representing 59 of the world’s best in the discipline of big-mountian freeriding.
When we launched this month’s resolve to adventure campaign, we thought it was essential that we get our guide and athlete team fully engaged. Who better to set an example of seeking new adventures than a sampling of the 35 guides and athletes who explore for their profession? For them, the toughest part of this assignment was narrowing down the options to one single focus. So a few weeks, a few emails and a few tough decisions on their end later, we’re posting the adventure resolutions of eight of the most motivated members of our team.
Our friends at the Heroes Project were featured on 60 Minutes Sunday with an incredibly powerful report by Lara Logan on the operation spearheaded by Tim Wayne Medvetz. We’ve backed their effort through Heroes Project missions to Carstensz Pyramid, Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua and Vinson as well as their first attempt on Everest last year. The story—of wounded warriors summiting the world’s tallest peaks with prosthetic legs—is a constant source of awe and inspiration for us at Eddie Bauer. Cheers, once again, to the Heroes Project for all that they have accomplished so far both with their climbs and with their empowering vision.
When it comes to adventure, our team of guides and athletes set a shining example. They climb towering peaks, explore remote destinations, tick first descents and ski in foreign places most of us only dream about. Or, like Kyle Miller, they spend an entire year as a vagabond, stopping briefly to see the sunrise above at Angkor Wat in Cambodia. For them adventure is simply ingrained into their way of life. Yet even for professional adventurers—whose stories and images motivate us to sample some of the same—a resolution to visit a new place or accomplish a new goal is all part of the annual ritual of the new year.
As the year turns to 2015, we are taking a cue from our guide and athlete team by launching our new Resolve to Adventure campaign. We’ve put together a list of 33 items to serve as personal inspiration to integrate the adventure ethic into your New Year’s resolution. All month long we’ll be profiling the resolutions of our guide and athlete team, as well as encouraging you to pick a resolution from the list, post photos of your efforts and hashtag them with the #ResolveToAdventure mantra. So without further delay, this is our 2015 resolution list….
During the past year, we’ve told countless tales of adventure on the Live Your Adventure blog. From ski sagas and fishing trips to expeditions in the most remote corners of the globe, we’ve tracked the travels of our guide and athlete team with powerful stories and transportive images. For us, it was tough to pick favorites, so we let you choose—with your likes and shares—our best blog stories of 2014. For your New Year’s weekend reading pleasure, we’re recapping, in reverse order, our top ten stories of 2014 with a link to the original story on the Live Your Adventure blog below. Cheers to all our readers and here’s to another round of adventure in 2015.
When pro skiers go big line hunting, Alaska is the historic destination. But with avy conditions high last spring on the coast, the migrations shifted to the stacked ranges of the Monashees and the massive tenure of Eagle Pass Heli in the British Columbia interior. KC Deane was first in line and first in the heli, slaying big spine lines with Tanner Hall for Poor Boyz Productions new film TWENTY. In our all-action edit, we track Deane’s triumphant victory in the big-line arena during some of the best, all-time deep conditions in Canada’s heli-shredding epicenter. Watch and enjoy.