It’s been a few months since we heard from global adventurer and National Geographic photographer Trevor Frost, but he’s been busy. A life of international flights, visa logistics, jungle filming assignments, and Nat Geo restructures is not an easy one to navigate. But when Trevor delivers, he delivers big. This is his first gallery of 2016, from a scuba-diving trip to Raja Ampat in Indonesian Papua, with the most biodiverse coral-reef system in the world. Once again, he delivered.
Climbers Katie Lambert and Ben Ditto preparing to tackle Father Figure (5.12d) in Wonderland of Rocks at Joshua Tree.
Check out the gallery from the ascent below. See more of Ben and Katie in action on Ben’s first ascent test-piece, High Times (5.13b), a steep, northeast-facing line on Drug Dome in Tuolumne Meadows. Check out the High Times video here.
Dave Hahn has climbed Mt. Everest more times than any non-Sherpa. The world-renowned alpine guide leads clients up Everest, Denali and Rainier, but he also lives a double life at home in Taos, New Mexico. In his off-seasons Hahn holds down a second day job as a longtime ski patroller at Taos Ski Valley. The gig not only keeps him grounded but also keeps his fitness level high and his skills sharp while working at a ski area with a 9,200-foot base level. We caught up with Hahn last winter to track his working routine on the hill from the morning patrol meeting to having a few gluten-free beers in the locker room at the end of the day. As Hahn says about his second day job, “ It keeps me grounded and keeps me focused on what’s important in the mountains.”
In November 2015, Eddie Bauer announced actor and activist Ryan Reynolds as its philanthropic ambassador with the planting of American Forests’ 50 millionth tree in a drought-stricken and fire damaged area of the San Bernardino Mountains. To recognize the 20th anniversary of its partnership with American Forests, the brand pledged to plant 20,000 additional trees in the San Bernardino Mountains in 2016.
Since partnering with the national nonprofit conservation organization 20 years ago, Eddie Bauer has helped plant more than 6.5 million trees. With the launch of The One Tree Initiative, Eddie Bauer pledges its continued support of American Forests’ mission to protect, restore and conserve threatened forest. All year long we will be profiling the projects supported by this partnership, starting, this month, with the one where the 50 millionth tree was planted.
American Forests and the Mojave Desert Resource Conservation District, with the help of local volunteers, are reforesting up to 200 acres of San Bernardino County, Calif., with 20,000 Jeffrey, sugar, ponderosa and Coulter pines to reforest an area severely affected by drought, a bark beetle infestation and intense wildfires.
Eddie Bauer freeskier Drew Tabke just completed the first two stops of this year’s Freeride World Tour, earning two 11th place finishes in Andorra and Chamonix. Before he headed south on his midwinter World Tour break, Tabke checked in with an essay on expectations and reality in one of the world’s biggest freeride venues. —LYA Editor
Eddie Bauer freeskier Lexi du Pont dropped in against the best in the business at Red Bull Cold Rush last week and earned a third place podium finish in the marquee rider-driven event. Revelstoke Mountain Resort played host to the 2016 Red Bull Cold Rush, a freeskiing competition like no other. A constant stream of storms kept the schedule shifting, but the Big Mountain Lines portion went down in North Bowl on Wednesday, followed by a heli bump out to The Cliffs venue on Thursday. Heavy snowfall and limited visibility shut down the Slopestyle Comp on Friday, but we were on scene to watch Eddie Bauer skier Lexi duPont charge in low-vis conditions. Lexi sent a super stylish second line on “Spilled Milk” during the Big Mountain portion and kept it clean on The Cliffs to earn a top three spot in the comp. We caught Lexi in between runs and this is her behind-the-comp perspective on her experience at Cold Rush.
Eddie Bauer freeskier and two-time world champ Drew Tabke once again laid down an impressive line on the Freeride World Tour during today’s event in Chamonix. Tabke, who has won the Chamonix event previously, dropped in with creativity, speed and style, earning an 11th place finish for his effort. We will have more behind the scenes coverage from Tabke on Monday, but check out his run in the replay of the entire comp below. The Flyin’ Hawaiian and Crystal Mountain local drops in at the 9-minute mark.