Eddie Bauer dual-sport athlete KC Deane has journeyed to some otherworldly locations, but his recent trip to China’s Gobi Desert to film with the Fastfokus crew was straight out of a sci-fi movie set. Total Recall sand, Tatooine landscapes, and Blade Runner travel underscored full-on, full-face freeride biking in a culture so foreign that it feels alien even without the geological oddities. After sorting out the security specifics of accessing unblocked social media in China, Deane sent us this incredible photo gallery of his journey through the wormhole of space and time.
A few weeks back, on June 17, Eddie Bauer climber Mason Earle completed the first free ascent of El Capitan’s Heart Route (V10 5.13b). The successful six-day big-wall climb was the result of five seasons of work and vision in a climbing partnership with Brad Gobright, who freed all but one move on the route. The scale of the accomplishment is massive, with a 27-pitch climb, including nine 5.13 pitches, twelve 5.11 pitches, and a crux horizontal dyno move on the sixth pitch that Earle rated at V10 or 5.13+. The route was first climbed in 1970 as one of the climbing mecca’s earliest big-wall routes, but it took forty-five years for a successful free ascent. Logistically, the team spent six days on the wall to complete the ascent, climbing during the day and bivying high on the wall at night. The climbing was complex but the gnarly crux was a sideways dyno, high above the deck, that Earle completed after seriously tweaking his shoulder on a previous try. We caught up with Earle after he landed in Chamonix, France, for his take on the exposed climbing, the Heart Route achievement, and making his second mark in the storied history of Yosemite climbing.
While most of the members of our guide and athlete team live out west, Eddie Bauer Sport Shop guide Michael Pepi is a diehard New Yorker. And while Montana, Washington, or Colorado are the states that anglers visualize in their trout, steelhead, and salmon dreams, northern New York holds its own when it comes to both iconic waterways and fishing potential. Few fly fisherman know the rivers, lakes, and streams of his upstate backyard better, so we asked Pepi to give us a rundown on his latest small-stream, brown-trout mission in the North Country.This is his under-the-radar Adirondack fishing report. —LYA Editor
For the past three weeks we’ve been profiling the powerful stories of the earthquake and the aftermath in Nepal. Today, we are publishing the powerful third episode of The Climb from Glamour Magazine, providing insight on Melissa Arnot’s personal and climbing experience during the tragedy as well as her drive to continue the philanthropic efforts of The Juniper Fund—an organization she co-founded with fellow Eddie Bauer guide David Morton to assist families of high-altitude workers killed in the Himalayas.
When we introduced Eddie Bauer Motion, it was with a vision that our new active training style was designed to build fitness, strength, and endurance for mountain missions. For a glimpse into the essence of that adventure training ethic, we asked Live Your Adventure contributing photographer Shannon Skouras—one of the fittest shooters we know—to take us through her perspective on training to keep up with pro mountain athletes, both visually and verbally. What she provided is a very personal take on why fitness is not just her routine, but an integral part of the life she leads.
For the past two weeks, we’ve been recounting the stories of our guides and athletes who were in Nepal during the catastrophic earthquake that shut down the Everest climbing season and devastated the country. Tim Wayne Medvetz, founder of The Heroes Project—an organization we’ve backed since 2012—was targeting the summit of the world’s tallest peak as the final climb in his organization’s mission to empower wounded amputee warriors up all of the Seven Summits. Medvetz, who was turned back with USMC Staff Sergeant Charlie Linville when the climbing season ended tragically and prematurely in 2014, was on the north side of the mountain when the 2015 earthquake hit. Their mission immediately changed course to helping a country in chaos.
For the past two weeks, we’ve been publishing the firsthand stories of our guides and athletes who were on Mt. Everest and in Nepal when the tragic earthquake hit on April 25. Today is the two-month anniversary of that catastrophic event, which also triggered an avalanche on Mt. Everest that claimed 18 lives. After the quake, our guides, athletes, and partner organizations responded on many fronts, but The Juniper Fund—an organization co-founded by Eddie Bauer guides David Morton and Melissa Arnot—was faced with one of the biggest challenges in continuing their direct financial support for the families of the high-altitude workers killed in the tragedies of the past two years.