A few months back we ran the story of the Eddie Bauer-outfitted Nobody’s River expedition to the Amur and Onon through Siberia and Mongolia. It was an inspiring story, written powerfully by Amber Valenti, but the recently completed film by the ladies is even better. It’s already picked up the Spirit of Adventure award at the 5Point film festival and made the rounds at Mountainfilm.
We kicked off our blog coverage of Destination Torngat—a two-month expedition kayaking mission deep into the Torngat Mountains of Canada’s Labrador region through a rarely visited 10,000-square-kilometer national park to the iceberg-choked waters of the Labrador Sea—last week on the Live Your Adventure blog. Since then Stookesberry and crew have launched deep into the wilderness from the Shefferville train stop, paddling and portaging hundreds of mosquito-infested and black-fly-swarming miles to the George River while making record-setting progress in their longboats with the help of some tailwinds. Upon their last July 29th update via their DeLorme InReach device, they were 100 miles from the first main objective of completing the George. As we mentioned earlier, part of the excitement of this trip was tracking their progress on a specific expedition tracking page, which we’ve linked below, and the fact that they’ve compiled sat-uplink audio dispatches from the wilderness. Follow along below via Soundcloud or press the play button on each dispatch below to hear Ben’s reports from the field. —LYA Editor
With all the expeditions our guides have tackled in the past five years, one of the most critical, and overlooked, parts of the journey is hauling all the gear to some of the most remote corners of the globe. But from our early First Ascent expeditions to Aconcagua and Antarctica to our Everest West Ridge expedition in 2012, the Maximus Duffel has hauled the gear and handled a heavy load. Everest, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Carstensz Pyramid, Alpamayo, Aconcagua. Haines, Las Lenas, Revelstoke, Bariloche, Portillo, Chamonix and Iceland, on multiple occaisions. Mt. Waddington. The full Freeride World Tour and the Skier’s Cup in Switzerland. The Heroes Project missions to all seven summits and the Nobody’s River journey through Siberia and Mongolia.
When we say our gear is guide-built, guide-trusted what do we mean? Well, in the specific instance of the Gear-of-the-Year award winning Katabatic tent, that statement is more than just a marketing slogan. It means that the design process included nine prototypes until full guide certification, testing on six continents and more than one thousand nights on the world’s tallest peaks. From Aconcagua to the South Col on Everest where it held strong in 121-mile-an-hour winds, the Katabatic first earned its respect from our guide and athlete team for its high altitude performance.
Ben Stookesberry and Chris Korbulic are currently on a two-month mission. The purpose is to travel deep into the Torngat Mountains of Canada’s Labrador region to descend the mighty Nachvak River—after ascending the mainline artery of the George—through a rarely visited 10,000-square-kilometer national park to the iceberg-choked waters of the Labrador Sea amidst a landscape of remnant glaciers, polar bears, caribou herds, native Inuit hunting grounds, and the highest peaks in Eastern Canada.
When our guide team set out to build the world’s best expedition shelter they had an idea for a radical new design but no idea of how much effort—or how may years of testing and development—it would take to realize their goal. Nine prototypes, expeditions to six continents, field-testing in winds that reached 121 miles per hour and a high mark of testing at 25,938 feet on the South Col of Everest. But all the work, all the miles and all the testing resulted in an expedition shelter that earned universal respect and validation with both a Gear of the Year and an Editor’s Choice award. In this Gear Report clip, Peter Whittaker breaks down the blow-by-blow on what the guide team went through to built the Katabatic.
A few months back, Rebecca Etchen Peters headed to Brays Island in South Carolina for a sporting clays weekend with a group from Garden & Gun magazine. Not only was Etchen Peters the force behind the development of our original Sport Shop line, she’s also no rookie when it comes to the shooting sports, with four generations of champion shooters in her family lineage.