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.
As Drew Tabke outlined earlier this week, he is not one to relax on the Baja beach when there are still lines to be skied. In the sequel to his Snoqualmie Pass missions—where he ticked impressive descents of Mt. Thomson’s East Ridge and the Northeast Buttress of Chair Peak—Tabke headed for Washington’s big three volcanoes of Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Baker, and Mt. Rainier to score some of the best glaciated lines in the state, while logging more than 25,000 vertical feet during the second ski season in the Cascades.
When the competition season ends on the Freeride World Tour, most of the professional athletes head for warm-weather locations to decompress. But Eddie Bauer freeskier Drew Tabke comes home to Seattle and goes skiing. As late spring arrives, his adopted home range of the Cascades is just coming into form for serious steep skiing and volcano mountaineering missions, so Tabke took advantage of perfect timing to tick off burly descents of Mt. Thomson’s East Ridge and the Northeast Buttress of Chair Peak.
Caroline George gets after it as much as anyone on our team. But her drive to train for and complete the famous 53-kilometer Patrouille des Glaciers race along the Haute Route is one of the best competitive stories she’s ever told for us. The ski mountaineering race itself is a true Swiss sufferrest and the Swiss military history of its genesis is captivating. But Caroline’s personal story of training, guiding and racing—as well as her family history with the PDG—drew us into a storied rando experience that made our muscles and our lungs hurt to read.
On Friday we ran Peter Whittaker’s captioned gallery from his father-daughter climb on Mt. Kilimanjaro. For those who missed it, we’ve included the recap below, but we also cut together an incredible video of his experience narrated by his own reflections on the experience. For Father’s Day, we’re posting the full video that recaps what made the climbing trip with his daughter such a good one.
In the outdoor world, many women are first introduced to climbing, camping, and wilderness exploration through the influence of their fathers. So in advance of Father’s Day, we are retelling the story of Peter Whittaker’s climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro with his daughter Gabriella, which they tackled last fall in Tanzania. It was a strong father-daughter bonding experience for Peter, who introduced another Whittaker to the excitement and challenge of climbing one of the Seven Summits on the adventure travel trip.
For some adventure fiends, good style is almost as important as the descent. Chris Korbulic and Ben Stookesberry are clearly in that class, which is why they picked old-school kayak long boats to rerun a classic stretch of California class V whitewater first ticked by Lars Holbek, Chuck Stanley, and Richard Montgomery in 1982. In the latest dispatch from the Eddie Bauer adventure kayaking team, Ben Stookesberry explains the allure of long-boating and what made this trip such a California classic.