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Reggie Crist Leads Steep Guiding Workshop in Silverton
Posted on February 16, 2015

Silverton Workshop

With more than a decade of serious ski-guiding credentials in the exposed, steep heli terrain of Alaska, Argentina, Chile, and Idaho, Eddie Bauer ski guide Reggie Crist is widely respected for his deep knowledge of navigating challenging big-mountain venues. His credibility and experience in that exclusive guiding club is why he was selected to pass on that knowledge in the Silverton steep guiding workshop last month in the gnarly San Juans of Southern Colorado. This is his guide report on passing along that steep and deep guiding knowledge.

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Free Climbing Visuals from the Verdon Gorge
Posted on February 14, 2015

Video and Edit by Cheyne Lempe and Ben Ditto.

Earlier this week, through powerful words and images, we told the story of Katie Lambert and Caroline George’s climbing trip to the Verdon Gorge in Southern France. Today for a beautiful, visual break from reality we’re publishing this transportive video recap from lensman and editor extraordinare Cheyne Lempe. If this video doesn’t make you want to drop everything and head to the classic, sandbagged sport routes of this historic climbing location we don’t know what will. Sit back, crank up the volume in your headphones and enjoy.

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Caroline George Faces Fear in the Verdon Gorge
Posted on February 11, 2015

Caroline George takes down another steep pitch on Pichenibule.

When Caroline George and Katie Lambert headed for the smooth limestone walls of the Verdon Gorge in Southern France, it was with an eye on the pioneering sport climbing that earned the area legendary status in international climbing circles. But they each had a slightly different mission for revisiting the classic routes and sandbagged ratings on their atmospheric climbing pilgrimage high above the Verdon River. For Caroline, the trip involved facing an alpinist’s fear of falling while climbing at a significantly higher grade. She tackled that fear with characteristic charge and this is her report on The Verdon.

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Katie Lambert Frees the Verdon Gorge
Posted on February 9, 2015

This is the kind of rock that Katie would dream of as a kid in Louisiana.  Perfection on suvellir et punir

Katie Lambert had visualized climbing with pride in the Verdon Gorge since her early climbing days in the American Deep South. She dreamed about someday traveling there, climbing at the highest grade possible on classily run-out and delicate routes that defined the sporting style of the Verdon. Last fall, she made her dream a reality.

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David Morton Comes Home to the Picket Range with Fury
Posted on February 5, 2015

Jake Norton explores a beautiful alpine ridge set against the sheer walls of the Cascades’ Southern Picket range. McMillan Creek drainage unfurls below.

After more than a decade of traveling, photographing, and guiding in the world’s most remote mountain ranges, Eddie Bauer guide David Morton came home to the Pickets—a backyard range he’d never fully experienced deep in Washington’s North Cascades. The mission was to summit Mt. Fury in the isolated Northern Pickets with Jake Norton. The result was a new appreciation for the ranges that lie just beyond his doorstep.

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Jake Norton Traces a Family Climbing Lineage on Mt. Fury
Posted on February 3, 2015

With Stargazers perched in the splendor of the Northern Pickets, Jake Norton finishes his morning fueling session.

Eddie Bauer guide, photographer and filmmaker Jake Norton has climbed Everest, attempted the West Ridge, and journeyed to remote mountain ranges around the globe to summit the tallest peaks in the world and promote the cause of clean water through his Challenge 21 effort. But none of it fully prepared him for what he encountered in the Northern Picket Range of Washington’s North Cascades during a mission to summit Mt. Fury with Eddie Bauer guide David Morton. Norton picked the objective, since his great-uncle Roe Duke Watson claimed the first ascent of West Fury in 1958. This is Jake’s report on what they found when they tackled the same climb.

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Drew Tabke Migrates to Austria for Second Freeride World Tour Event
Posted on January 30, 2015

FWT Austria

Eddie Bauer skier Drew Tabke has migrated through the Alps from Chamonix to Austria for the second stop of the Freeride World Tour, which kicks off at Fieberbrunn in Kitzbuheler Alpen tomorrow. A two-time world champ, Tabke is looking to build on the momentum from his podium finish in Chamonix at the second European stop of this year’s tour. Tune in live at 8AM CET Saturday—or 11 PM tonight US Pacific Standard time—at freerideworldtour.com. Tabke also sent us a quick recap from the road of his on tour experience wrapping up the Chamonix event and preparing for the next one.

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