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When skiers dream, they dream about places like Jackson Hole. An all-time bucket list destination due to its steep, burly terrain, open boundary policy, limitless backcountry and famous big red box, the skiing is as good as good gets. And beyond the massive vertical and freeride energy, Jackson, WY defines the stereotype of an iconic mountain town.
Kent McBride has climbed the Grand Teton more than 150 times. He launched his guiding career on the mountain, has guided a 17-year-old on a ski descent of the massive Teton peak, and has led countless clients up and down its peak first for Exum Mountain Guides and for his own MountainSense guiding operation. And still, that iconic Wyoming peak that rises directly from the high valley in Jackson Hole resonates with a special significance for Wyoming-based McBride. Why? Well, we will let him explain why the Grand still moves him.
We’ve been rolling out an array of Skeena River fly fishing content for the past two weeks. Today the story continues with the backstory of the blue-and-green Seahawks-themed fly that caught Andrew Bennett a fish on the last play of the day. Hand-tied by Skeena Spey photographer Adrienne Comeau, the intruder-style fly was nicknamed the ‘Richard Sherman’ for its shutdown ability to land wild, native steelhead in a challenging high-pressure situation. The Seattle folks and Hawks fans on the trip were, of course, a little loud about the road win. Todd Moen of Catch Magazine put together a little video to tell the story behind the story. We’re posting it today for your Blue Friday viewing enjoyment. Go Hawks.
Two weeks back, we ran the first fishing reports from Andrew Bennett and Lucas St. Clair’s trip to the Skeena River in Terrace, BC. Their tales of big spey rods and twelve-pound native, wild steelhead sparked our interest in what makes this massive coastal river system so spectacular. Is it the environment, the pure, wild genetical make-up of the fish, or the coastal Canadian location? Maybe the influence of the Spirt Bear? We weren’t sure but we wanted to know more, so we asked Andrew Bennett to break down the dynamics of a river that Steelheaders see in their dreams.
Two weeks back, we were transfixed with a great run of stories, videos and images from the spectacular world-class steelhead and salmon fishing destination of the Skeena River system in Northern BC. While Eddie Bauer Sport Shop fishing guides Lucas St. Clair and Andrew Bennett were in the great, fishy north the knowledgeable folks at Skeena Spey Lodge outside Terrace, BC hosted them on a prime patch of riverside real estate. We wanted to see and know more about the season at Skeena Spey, so we asked new Eddie Bauer Sport Shop grassroots fishing team member—and Skeena Spey guide Adrienne Comeau—for a selection of her best shots on her home turf. She gladly obliged.
When President Obama took the extraordinary step on August 31 of officially renaming North America’s tallest peak—it’s now Denali instead of McKinley—it was a monumental story for everyone who lives for the mountains. For our guides, many of whom have spent significant time climbing and guiding on the peak, it was even more personal. So we asked Seth Waterfall, who has not only skied from the summit but also met his wife on the mountain, to collect his thoughts on the importance of the name change and of the looming peak.
Today is a big day for our guide team, because we are officially announcing the addition of celebrated adventurers and expedition photographers Cory Richards and Ben Ditto to our world-class guide and athlete team. Both are visual storytellers recognized for elevating their love of adventure through their work behind the lens. Internationally renowned and respected, Richards was named National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2012, while Ditto received mountaineering’s highest award, the Piolet d’Or in 2011.