A huge congratulations goes out to Eddie Bauer Guide Melissa Arnot, who summited Mt. Everest for the sixth time yesterday, breaking the world record for the most summits completed by an American woman in history, a record she has held since 2013. Arnot, a professional mountain guide and high-altitude climber, is also the first American woman to successfully complete the climb on the world’s highest peak without using supplemental oxygen. While her previous summits have been made via the South Col route from the Nepal side, this year was her first successful summit traveling the North side, from China.
“This has been an emotional journey, to say the least,” said Arnot. “Everest is an incredible mountain that continues to challenge and intrigue me. I never anticipated that I would be lucky enough to summit once, let alone six times. Climbing Everest without supplemental oxygen has been a goal of mine for a long time. When you succeed at reaching your goal, it makes you reflect on the hard days, the work, and lessons I’ve learned along the way. I’m incredibly fortunate to have this experience.”
Few expeditions to the world’s tallest peak have generated the social media traction and following of Everest No Filter. And for those who have been following along on Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook, the unfiltered good, funny and brutal realities of attempting the climb without supplemental oxygen are both personally engaging and strangely compelling. We’re rooting for the pair and tracking their daily progress. The latest update from Richards and Ballinger is that they rotated back down to base camp earlier this week to recover for a few days and celebrate Cory’s birthday—but are now back on the move, at advanced base camp and targeting a summit attempt in the next five days. Yesterday, the pair appeared via the miracle of satellite technology on CBS This Morning. Today, for a recap of their first ascension to 26,000 feet, we are reposting their best shots from the past few week that they sent us via What’s Ap.
Andy Mahre is one of the lowest key guys our guide and athlete team. But when you get him talking, he’s an interesting character with a deep love for everything skiing and incredibly thoughtful substance to what he has to say. Last month, during our annual Ski Week shoot in Revelstoke at Scott Newsome’s Eagle Pass Heli, Mark Warner of the Low Pressure Podcast tracked down Mahre between pow sessions and apres ceasers to get his take on a wide variety of topics from his family skiing heritage and what it is like to ski in Japan to having a Junior Mahre on the way. We could listen to Mahre for hours, but this podcast episode dives deeper than you usually get from one of freeskiing’s most understated, but incredibly talented, skiers.
Podcast by Mark Warner, Images by Scott Rinckenberger
As ski season comes to a close we’re catching up on the rapid firehose of freeskiing content generated by our team in the month of April. From Revelstoke to Alaska, our team crushed the prime month of shooting season, so much so that we’re still catching our content breath. One of the best pieces that went live during that timeframe was Lynsey Dyer’s interview on the Low Pressure Podcast. Mark Warner of LPP, who joined our Ski Week team shoot up in Revelstoke last month, tells us it was one of his most listened-to podcasts of all time and we’re not surprised. Dyer is an incredibly creative character and a good soul with thoughtful ideas about both skiing and the wider world. On the drive north to Revelstoke the LYA blog shared a memorable, insightful road trip conversation with Dyer, who is one of the most multi-faceted skiers we know. Warner captured that vibe when he tracked Lynsey down in between her heli runs and her quick shuttle exit from Revelstoke to another professional commitment in Colorado. —LYA Editor
Last month, the Eddie Bauer content team and Eddie Bauer freeride team headed up to Revelstoke for our annual film and photo mission to interior BC and Scott Newsome’s Eagle Pass Heli. We’ve been to Revelstoke a few times before and the interior never seems to disappoint, but what was unique about this trip was having Mark Warner of the Low Pressure Podcast along to provide an inside perspective. Our team shoots and content missions are always a productive but intense experience, but getting an outside perspective on what we do provided a new window on our workdays. From heli days and hot springs missions to the cultural importance of Canadian ceasars, the LPP captured it all in soundbites from team members Lynsey Dyer, Andy Mahre, KC Deane, Lexi duPont and Wyatt Caldwell—and his dog Rupert—as well as from Eddie Bauer team manager Caley George. —LYA Editor
Podcast by Mark Warner, Images by Scott Rinckenberger
For eighteen consecutive seasons, Reggie Crist has made the long migration to Haines, Alaska to guide some of the biggest mountain ski terrain on the planet. This season the experienced Alaskan heli guide dialed it back a bit due an injury, yet still lined it up for four of his Eddie Bauer teammates to score some of the best Alaskan lines in more than a decade. Facing challenges such as weather, consequence and the mind-numbing downtime of waiting for blue sky in the coastal environment, the trip provided the opening for Lexi duPont, Andy Mahre, KC Deane and Lynsey Dyer to slay some world-class lines while learnng from one of the masters of Alaskan spines in the process.
As you may have heard via Instagram, the CBS Morning News or their live Snapchat coverage, Eddie Bauer climbers Adrian Ballinger and Cory Richards are currently attempting Everest via the north side route without supplemental oxygen. It’s a massive objective—with only 3 percent of attempts without Os resulting in a successful summit—yet Ballinger and Richards have brought a different more approachable vibe to the experience via their good humor, unfiltered perspectives and new social media outlook.