In celebration of the anniversary of Glacier National Park’s historical foundation on this date in 1910, we’re taking a mental break from reality with this stunning gallery and short backcountry report from Eddie Bauer contributor Elliott Woods. Of all the parks in the system, Glacier is a true gem with more than one million acres, two mountain ranges and 130 named lakes. It is also a direct Amtrak ride from our Seattle HQ, which makes it a convenient trip to a stunning location. After viewing this gallery, we’re ready to book our next trip.
All year we’ve been tracking Drew Tabke’s run on the Freeride World Tour. The two-time world champ overcame adversity, taxing travel and mountain weather to earn a spot in the Finals in Verbier with his third place finish in Haines, Alaska. But, unfortunately and anticlimactically, the men’s ski segment of the finals were called off due to weather with little fanfare. It was an odd end to his season on tour—especially after the live feed went black during the Haines event as well—but Tabke sent us his thoughts on what actually happened in Verbier and how it all went down.
Earlier this week we ran the epic climbing gallery from Mason Earle’s trip to Malta where he sent the legendary X-Factor (5.13+) route, also known as The Malta Roof Crack. But as with most adventure climbing trips, the climbing was only part of the story. The backdrop, the island of Gozo in the Maltese archipelago, provided a visually stunning and culturally immersive experience both before and after the sessions on hard, overhanging routes. Inhabited since 5000 BC, the location is one rich in both literary myth and religious history. Originally settled by Sicilian farmers, the island is famous as both the home of Calypso in Homer’s Odyssey and for containing some of the oldest free-standing temples in the world.
Photogenic routes, exotic destinations and hard crack climbing are three of Mason Earle’s favorite things. So when he and climbing partner Matt Segal departed for the Mediterranean island of Gozo in the Maltese archipelago, they had an objective in mind. That plan was a first ascent of X-Factor (5.13+), a brutally hard overhanging, hand-jamming 20-meter crack. Perched above the azure blue waters of the Mediterranean in the Harq Hamiem cliffs, the route (which has been called one of the hardest roof cracks in the world) was originally climbed by Sonnie Trotter and Tommy Caldwell. The pictures of their effort were sensational and like most Earle was enticed by the visuals. So he reached out to Trotter for a little beta and a green light to tackle the Malta Roof Crack. The accomplishment was a personal odyssey and the Andrew Burr images convey the epicness of the undertaking. Today we’re publishing the first of two galleries from the journey.
Eddie Bauer athlete Cory Richards and Eddie Bauer guide Adrian Ballinger are in the process of making an attempt at Mt. Everest’s Northeast Ridge without supplemental oxygen— and they’re chronicling the whole expedition via Snapchat in real time.
The team reached base camp in Tibet on April 27, after a sidetrip through China, dealing with everything from a flight diverted 1,000 miles due to a sandstorm, to confiscated meat provisions. It’s been a wild ride, and all of it has been documented in real-time photos and videos on Snapchat at EverestNoFilter and via Ballinger’s and Richards’ Instagram accounts.
Using new satellite technology and social media to provide a 360-degree view into the pitfalls and triumphs of their expedition isn’t the team’s only goal while on the north side of Everest. They also hope to spark conversations about ways to sustainably and safely climb the world’s tallest peak, not only for expedition climbers themselves, but also for native Tibetan and Nepalese high-altitude workers.
Chris Korbulic and I are lucky. At least that’s what I think. Our job is to travel the world in search of a great paddling adventure. And since there are relatively few places on the planet where water does not flow, we can dream big. But more than that, Chris and I are lucky that we have been able to put up with each other for this long. Paddling together nine years, we have experienced some of the most awesome and stressful situations I can imagine. That’s not to say that it’s perfect. I mean, can you imagine spending months with someone you often don’t share more than a few dozen words with per day? Don’t get me wrong—not every day is like that, but more often than not we live and work together in a sort of comfortable silence, a shared feeling that if we are not on exactly the same page, we are no more than a few paragraphs apart. But our most recent kayaking mission to Myanmar’s Irrwaddy River would put our partnership to the ultimate test: failure.
Words by Ben Stookesberry, Images by Chris Korbulic
Two weeks ago, we published the first episode in season two of our Insider’s Guide series. Eddie Bauer guide and local Taos celebrity Dave Hahn gave us a first-person look into what makes his off-the-beaten path hometown such a unique place and such a powerful vortex. In episode two of our series, Hahn explores the artistic influence of Taos, heads out for a hike up Wheeler Peak and caps it all off with some farm-to-table food and Bavarian drink in the place he calls home.
Camera by Jon Mancuso, Edit by Karl Archer