Shop Eddie Bauer: Men Women Kids Outerwear Gear Sale
Kyle Miller Makes a Nordic Splitboard Stopover in Iceland
Posted on April 25, 2014

Sunset Descent

When Kyle Miller first pitched us on funding his airfare for a split-and-boat biathlon of a traverse in Norway’s Lofoten Islands, it sounded like a very epic-worthy expedition. What we didn’t predict was that our favorite splitboard vagabond would use a free, seven-day Icelandair stopover on that international ticket to explore the small volcanic island nation, where steep Icelandic lines rise from isolated fishing villages and Arctic Circle fjords such as Ólafsfjör∂ur and Siglufjör∂ur on its rugged northern and western coasts. But we often underestimate Kyle Miller’s combination of grassroots resourcefulness and hunger for adventure in a new mountain range.

Comments (0)

Caroline George Recaps the Romance of Climbing Fantasia per Ghiacciatore
Posted on April 24, 2014

Sunrise in the Alps

For most of us, even if we climb, a romantic outing with our significant other rarely involves sustained mixed multi-pitch climbs to 14,000-foot summits with sketchy rappels and brutal slogs back to the car. But for UIAGM guide Caroline George, aggressive ice climbing and overnighting at an Italian hut with a husband just back from summiting Fitz Roy is a bit like movie night at the Cineplex for the rest of us.

Comments (0)

New Glacial Balance Film Tracks the Local Impacts of Melting Andean Glaciers
Posted on April 22, 2014

View from the balconies facing the northeastern wall of Perito Moreno, El Calafate, Argentina

For anyone who makes their living in the mountains, it is no shock that our glaciers are melting. We hear it from our guides, our athletes, our photographers, our filmmakers and our brand partners, but putting the story in a local context is a tough task even for the most accomplished storytellers. Yet Ethan Steinman, and the folks behind Glacial Balance, have done just that in a film that travels from Colombia to Ecuador to Argentina along the spine of the Andes, getting to know the locals who are the first impacted by the melting glacial reserve.

Comments (0)

Mason Earle Seeks Towering Climbs in the Marquesas Islands—The Big Finale
Posted on April 18, 2014

Enjoying clean rock, high above the warm sea

We’ve been retracing Mason Earle’s climbing trip to Ua Pou, but the epic started to get more serious when they reached the base of their objective. Led by a former French military guide and base camping at an off-the-grid jungle ex-pat compound, the team set out to climb Poumaka, a 4,000-foot warrior tower protected by dense jungle and a brutal 45-degree, fifth-class fern gully approach. Even fueled by coconut water and homegrown avocados, the hourly assaults of torrential rain; wet, mossy climbing conditions; and a bad case of cashew dermatitis shut them down. So they refocused on Motutakae, an 800-foot tower of white basalt rising from the sea on the dry side of the island, with a west-facing wall that baked in the sun.

Comments (0)

Mason Earle Seeks Towering Climbs in the Marquesas Islands—Part Deux
Posted on April 16, 2014

The hike back to “Manfredville”

Beta or no beta, Mason Earle has never shied away from an adventure. The big wall free climber has put up first ascents in off-the-grid locations from Venezuela to the Northwest Territories, but his journey to the Marquesas Islands ranks as one of his biggest foreign missions of all time. Packing a machete, board shorts, and a substantial rack of big wall gear, Mason and his two climbing partners—Bronson Hovnanian and George Ullrich—journeyed 5,000 miles by international flight, puddle jumper, and fishing boat to reach the giant basalt pillars on the island of Ua Pou.

Comments (1)

Mason Earle Seeks Towering Climbs in the Marquesas Islands, Part One
Posted on April 14, 2014

The locals call this “Shark Bay”

When Mason Earle returned from the island of Ua Pou in the Marquesas Islands, not only did we have no idea there was big wall climbing there—we couldn’t even pronounce the place. Turns out it is pronounced uwah poe and the center of the island is characterized by four massive basalt pillars that rise directly from the South Pacific to heights of more than 4,000 feet. So yeah, there is climbing there. But leave it to Eddie Bauer climber Mason Earle—who has put up first free ascents in remote locations from the Venezuelan jungle to the Northwest Territories—to fly halfway around the world to French Polynesia with little beta and no climbing guide in search of towering unclimbed walls.

Comments (4)

Andy Mahre is Back in the Game
Posted on April 11, 2014

Andy Mahre, compression testing the MCL

With his ties to Nimbus Independent, his local skiing roots, and his superfluid style, Andy Mahre has long been a progressive force in skiing. So we were completely pumped when Andy joined the Eddie Bauer ski team back in January. Unfortunately, his first trip out of the gate for us to Japan with Lexi du Pont and Poor Boyz Productions landed him on injured reserve. But luckily for The Mayor, the comeback was quicker than initially anticipated.

Comments (0)