Caroline George knows steep, burly lines. But for the UIAGM guide and Chamonix resident, the majority of that steepness is experienced on ice, rock, or mixed climbs. And it was a bit of a surprise to us that the prolific backcountry skier maintains a more complex relationship with steepness on the ski side, complicated by a near-death fall over a 1,000-foot cliff on a ski descent of Mont Dolent in 1997. But seventeen years later, George returned to the steeps with ski descents of the Poubelle couloir, the Rectiligne couloir, the Marbrées couloir, the Trappier couloir, the Cosmiques, and a trip to Arolla with Drew Tabke and Christian Pondella—all in one winter.
Kyle Miller has been on a mission this spring. But rather than exploring his usual haunts of the Cascades, Kyle booked a ticket to the Nordic countries, stopping first in Iceland for a seven-day splitboard exploration of the northern fjords, then moving on to the Lofoten Islands and the Lyngen Alps. In the next installment of this Nordic splitboard saga, Kyle describes the excitement of learning to sea kayak with his gear, the visuals of trolling deep into the fjords, and the challenge of trying to predict the weather in the Lofoten Islands.
Everest is a mountain our guides have come to know and to respect. Danger lurks on the world’s tallest peak, and with each Everest expedition since the peak was first summited, Sherpa climbers have been essential partners in the ascent. Without their work, climbing Everest would be nearly impossible. So when terrible tragedy struck on April 18, killing 16 Nepali climbers in the single deadliest day on the world’s tallest peak, the sorrow and mourning reverberated throughout the climbing communities of our guides, friends, and athletes.
Eddie Bauer adventure travel guide Trevor Frost has been around the globe a few times. Whether it’s chasing orangutans in the rainforest of Sumatra, filming orcas beach hunting in Argentina, or journeying through remote lands as part of his Last Navigators project, the new-world voyager and National Geographic Young Explorer seeks adventure in its truest form. While working to track him down for this blog post, in fact, Frost emerged from the jungle with this update: “I’ve been in the rainforest of Sumatra for the last month chasing orangutans for Nat Geo magazine, hence the slow reply. Check out nat geo instagram to see me wearing EB travex gear crossing a big jungle mud pit.”
We’ve been publishing consecutive galleries of Chris Korbulic’s experience on the Siang and Siyom, but the third and final installment in his Epics of India series is, we think, the best. Our reasoning is that—sure the action is always impressive—but this final gallery focuses on the return, the culture and the adventure travel aspect of one of the most populated nations on earth.
On Monday, we ran the first in a series of three galleries from Chris Korbulic, Ben Stookesberry, and Pedro Oliva’s recent expedition to Northeast India. It’s an epic but it had a purpose. “It was all filmed for another season of our Kaiak TV show in Brazil with Pedro Oliva,” emphasizes Korbulic. “Please do mention Pedro!”
Any gallery we get from Chris Korbulic is epic. The places, the people, the imagery, and always a stunning star-speckled time-lapse, all make for a transporting viewing experience. But Korbulic’s photo submission from his recent expedition with Ben Stookesberry and Pedro Oliva to Arunachal Pradesh in Northeast India to run the Siang and Siyom Rivers was one of his best. So we decided to break it up into three stunning galleries and asked for a summary from the man himself about his Epics of India series.