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Gear Report: Travex Voyager Blazer Takes a Bonefishing Trip
Posted on March 26, 2015

Galbraith reaping the bone fishing rewards of the travel

The Flyfish Journal publisher Jeff Galbraith is a big fan of our Sport Shop gear. This we know because every few months he reaches out to us—not just with a preview of his next fishing trip or hunting mission—but also with word that he has his eye on a piece of our new gear. As the publisher of the highest-quality fishing mag in the business, his gear closet is well-stocked. So we consider it a compliment and a testament to our guide-built design philosophy that he gives our Sport Shop line high marks. What surprised us last month was that the gear he had his eye on was a Travex Voyager II Travel Blazer for the en route portion of his annual BahamaCon bonefishing migration to South Andros Island. In his first Travex gear report, Galbraith explains why a breathable, soft shell blazer was a critical piece of his bonefishing travel kit. —LYA Editor

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Drew Tabke Cracks the Top Five in Haines Freeride World Tour
Posted on March 25, 2015

Drew Tabke masters the AK transitions on his fifth place run in the FWT Haines. Photo: DAvid Carlier

Eddie Bauer skier and two-time world champ Drew Tabke (USA) stepped up to the legendary AK spines and landed solidly in fifth place after the Freeride World Tour stop in Haines, Alaska. Tabke earned a fifth place finish with a super smooth, super fast and super floaty run that launched between transitions, threw deep powder spray and stuck a solid, stylish and substantial (or just simply “huge”) 360 off the mushroomed cliff in the middle of the high-powered run. Throwing down a clean stomped leg-burning run in the burliest arena of the Freeride World Tour season, Tabke slid into a final fifth place finish with a score of 76.75 amidst strong competition on a striking, towering massif of the The Venue in SEABA Heli terrain.

The event in Haines, Alaska was a true show of freeride at its best. It was a nine-day wait for the weather to cooperate but the riders and organizers had a sense that the first ever FWT event in the largest freeride mecca in the world would be worth the shutdowns, misfires, long weather delays and big bar tabs. The setting was like an Alaskan postcard with fresh knee-deep blower powder under a clear blue sky and a big glacier as a backdrop, allowing the best freeriders in the world to test themselves in the steep, gnarled, spine-riddled and cliff-peppered 2,300-vertical-foot venue.

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Reggie Crist Shares Big Line Wisdom for Skiing Haines, Alaska
Posted on March 24, 2015

It feels good to be back. Lexi du Pont charging her first aerial shot of the season on a return trip for the rising big line star.

Reggie Crist is widely regarded as a master of Alaskan spines. From his days filming in the steep, consequential terrain of the Chilkat Range to his current work as a respected steep skiing guide for SEABA Heli, he has earned a deep knowledge of skiing some of the steepest, stacked terrain on the planet. This month we sent Eddie Bauer ski teammates Lexi du Pont and KC Deane to Haines for some big line hunting and for an education on skiing this stellar terrain from the master himself during opening week in Haines. Hot on the heels of the Freeride World Tour stop in Reggie’s Chilkat Range neighborhood, this is the report on what went down before the media circus came to town.

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The Freeride World Tour Is On in Haines, Alaska
Posted on March 23, 2015

The Venue in SEABA Heli terrain above Haines, Alaska p: Tucker Patton/Triple Point Expeditions

With coastal AK weather the only clear victor so far in the Freeride World Tour event in Haines, Alaska, the Freeride World Tour event is now confirmed for 9:45 AM Monday. The clouds have parted, the logistics have been sorted, and a week of production crews and competitors waiting out weather in snow caves and expedition tents is on the precipice of turning into a glorious freeride competition day in the Chilkat Range. Eddie Bauer skier and two-time world champ Drew Tabke will drop in from the #13 slot in the Men’s Ski portion of the competition today. Watch Tabke slay the steep, featured terrain of The Venue in SEABA Heli terrain live here or at freerideworldtour.com. —LYA Editor

Image by Tucker Patton/Triple Point Expeditions

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Freeride World Tour Waiting for Weather Window in Haines
Posted on March 20, 2015

The Venue in SEABA Heli terrain above Haines, Alaska p: Tucker Patton/Triple Point Expeditions

Image by Tucker Patton/Triple Point Expeditions

After weather delays, postponements and long, cloudy holds, the Freeride World Tour in Haines, Alaska is once again postponed. Hosted by SEABA Heli, this is the first time the world tour has taken its show to the steep, fluted spines of the biggest skiing venue in North America. Eddie Bauer skier and two-time world champ Drew Tabke is slated to run 13th, once the clouds lift. But for now the score in the five-day weather battle is AK 5, FWT 0. We’re hopeful the next window will be the one. Watch the live feed from freerideworldtour.com here once the clouds part and the action starts. —LYA Editor

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Caroline George Links Up Swiss Ice Classics Blue Magic and Rubezahl
Posted on March 17, 2015

The two lines Blue Magic on right Rubezahl on left skyline

For those who climb ice, finding the prime season is a delicate dance of weather, temperatures, and conditions. One of those aficionados of the frozen dimension is Eddie Bauer guide Caroline George, who checked in with this sharp-end report on linking up the ice climbs of Blue Magic (WI5+), a 180-meter Swiss classic, and Rubezahl (WI6), a steep 220-meter line, in Kandersteg after the completion of her ice guiding course in the Swiss Alps.

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Drew Tabke Lands in Haines, America for the Freeride World Tour
Posted on March 16, 2015

Haines townsite photo: David Carlier

The Freeride World Tour has landed in Haines, Alaska for the fourth stop on this year’s tour and the venue in SEABA Heli’s tenure in the home turf of legendary AK guides such as Reggie Crist and Tom Wayes. The weather and stability-dependent competition will take place this week in steep, spine-riddled terrain and Eddie Bauer skier Drew Tabke and two-time world champ is currently in the mix,  awaiting today’s weather update. We tracked down Tabke between global freeride migrations for his take on AK, the FWT and on a challenging personal season, despite his podium finish in Chamonix. This is what the champ had to say.

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