As we dive into the heart of our Annual Gear Event, we’ve decided to honor the guide-built process and our award-winning gear with stunning expedition galleries from three of the best pieces of gear we’ve ever built. Today is the Alchemist Pack, which picked up a coveted Outside Magazine Gear of the Year award in 2012. It’s an expandable alpine utility pack that our guides tested in the thin air of towering peaks such as Makalu and Everest, towering spires in the Cirque of the Unclimbables and on trips to remote locations such as Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Cook.
We know selecting good gear makes a huge difference. From an expedition shelter and an alpine utility pack to a warm down sleeping bag or a lightweight, wicking shirt, picking the right piece to complete your kit can make the difference in transforming your average weekend trip into an epic adventure. This truth is the reason we focused our brand on building technical, performance-oriented gear more than five years ago.
In this installment of the Live Your Adventure Gear Report, Eddie Bauer Sport Shop guide Andrew Bennett breaks down the new Adventurer® Boat Bag and explains why it rates as the best boat bag he’s ever used. But Bennett was more than just a fan of and a tester for our latest piece of Sport Shop gear, his expertise was behind the entire way this bag was built.
A few weeks back, we ran David Morton’s powerful story reporting on the tragic events on Everest and his role in founding The Juniper Fund. As a follow-up to the overwhelming support and interest that story received, we’re reposting the original essay Morton’s co-founder, Melissa Arnot, wrote on The Juniper Fund for our 2013 Summer Outfitter Book. It’s a powerful story and an important cause that Eddie Bauer believes in.
Travel junkie journalist Julia Dimon has landed in some unlikely locations, such as the jungles of Guyana, in close proximity to Chernobyl, and on the playa of Burning Man. Never short on story or anecdote, she has provided her own unique globe-trotting perspective on each destination and situation. But one location that brought her back for an encore was the great state of Alaska.
Trevor Frost is a hard man to keep tabs on. One week our adventure travel guide is in Australia’s Outback or the Sahara tracking the last true navigators for his dead reckoning project. Then the next week he checks in while filming orcas hunting seals on the beaches of Patagonia. But our latest dispatch from the high-mileage man arrived, with a submission of incredible photos, straight from the jungles of Borneo while on top-secret assignment for National Geographic.
Kyle Miller has been tearing a skintrack swath through the Nordic lands, dealing with rough weather, costly provisions and unpredictable plans, but he has experienced some of the natural splendor of a region shrouded in myth, geography, and history. In his last installment of the Nordic splitboarding trilogy, our favorite professional vagabond breaks down the experience of the Lyngen Alps.