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Reggie Crist Shares Big Line Wisdom for Skiing Haines, Alaska
Posted on March 24, 2015

It feels good to be back. Lexi du Pont charging her first aerial shot of the season on a return trip for the rising big line star.

Reggie Crist is widely regarded as a master of Alaskan spines. From his days filming in the steep, consequential terrain of the Chilkat Range to his current work as a respected steep skiing guide for SEABA Heli, he has earned a deep knowledge of skiing some of the steepest, stacked terrain on the planet. This month we sent Eddie Bauer ski teammates Lexi du Pont and KC Deane to Haines for some big line hunting and for an education on skiing this stellar terrain from the master himself during opening week in Haines. Hot on the heels of the Freeride World Tour stop in Reggie’s Chilkat Range neighborhood, this is the report on what went down before the media circus came to town.

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The Freeride World Tour Is On in Haines, Alaska
Posted on March 23, 2015

The Venue in SEABA Heli terrain above Haines, Alaska p: Tucker Patton/Triple Point Expeditions

With coastal AK weather the only clear victor so far in the Freeride World Tour event in Haines, Alaska, the Freeride World Tour event is now confirmed for 9:45 AM Monday. The clouds have parted, the logistics have been sorted, and a week of production crews and competitors waiting out weather in snow caves and expedition tents is on the precipice of turning into a glorious freeride competition day in the Chilkat Range. Eddie Bauer skier and two-time world champ Drew Tabke will drop in from the #13 slot in the Men’s Ski portion of the competition today. Watch Tabke slay the steep, featured terrain of The Venue in SEABA Heli terrain live here or at freerideworldtour.com. —LYA Editor

Image by Tucker Patton/Triple Point Expeditions

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Freeride World Tour Waiting for Weather Window in Haines
Posted on March 20, 2015

The Venue in SEABA Heli terrain above Haines, Alaska p: Tucker Patton/Triple Point Expeditions

Image by Tucker Patton/Triple Point Expeditions

After weather delays, postponements and long, cloudy holds, the Freeride World Tour in Haines, Alaska is once again postponed. Hosted by SEABA Heli, this is the first time the world tour has taken its show to the steep, fluted spines of the biggest skiing venue in North America. Eddie Bauer skier and two-time world champ Drew Tabke is slated to run 13th, once the clouds lift. But for now the score in the five-day weather battle is AK 5, FWT 0. We’re hopeful the next window will be the one. Watch the live feed from freerideworldtour.com here once the clouds part and the action starts. —LYA Editor

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Caroline George Links Up Swiss Ice Classics Blue Magic and Rubezahl
Posted on March 17, 2015

The two lines Blue Magic on right Rubezahl on left skyline

For those who climb ice, finding the prime season is a delicate dance of weather, temperatures, and conditions. One of those aficionados of the frozen dimension is Eddie Bauer guide Caroline George, who checked in with this sharp-end report on linking up the ice climbs of Blue Magic (WI5+), a 180-meter Swiss classic, and Rubezahl (WI6), a steep 220-meter line, in Kandersteg after the completion of her ice guiding course in the Swiss Alps.

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Drew Tabke Lands in Haines, America for the Freeride World Tour
Posted on March 16, 2015

Haines townsite photo: David Carlier

The Freeride World Tour has landed in Haines, Alaska for the fourth stop on this year’s tour and the venue in SEABA Heli’s tenure in the home turf of legendary AK guides such as Reggie Crist and Tom Wayes. The weather and stability-dependent competition will take place this week in steep, spine-riddled terrain and Eddie Bauer skier Drew Tabke and two-time world champ is currently in the mix,  awaiting today’s weather update. We tracked down Tabke between global freeride migrations for his take on AK, the FWT and on a challenging personal season, despite his podium finish in Chamonix. This is what the champ had to say.

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Mason Earle Sends One of the Hardest Crack Climbs in America at Bartlett Wash
Posted on March 14, 2015

Steady progress up a 5.14- crack, one of the hardest pure crack climbs in America.

With an unexpected phone call from Moab, Utah Thursday, we received word from photographer Jeremiah Watt that Eddie Bauer climber Mason Earle had finally ticked his Bartlett Wash Crack Project, a first ascent that has been called one of the  hardest pure crack climbs in America. Rated 5.14-, starting with a burly V8 crack sequence and running 35 meters of sustained, steep climbing, the project was a three-year saga for Earle that was profiled in Exposure, Volume 1. “Staring up at Bartlett, all I could ever feel was that this is going to ruin me,” Earle reflects. “This route is a monster, from start to finish.”

As soon as we heard, we tracked down Earle between celebratory cell phone calls to get his first recap on what made the Bartlet Wash Crack such an epic accomplishment. He was a bit worked, but this is what the world-class crack climber and classical banjo virtuoso had to say.

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Behind the Scenes with Team Americas at Skiers Cup
Posted on March 9, 2015

Team Euro and Team Americas hiking to the start of the day one venue with the Matterhorn in the background

Eddie Bauer freeskier Andy Mahre just wrapped up his participation in the international head-to-head freeskiing battle of the Swatch Skiers Cup. We reported on the competition and, unfortunately, Team Americas lost the two-day event in Zermatt, Switzerland, by the close score of 20 to 16. But more than just the result, the competition was an opportunity for the best freeskiers in the world to link up in an epic Swiss location for some friendly competition and some bluebird pow runs. Our LYA correspondent Shannon Skouras reports on what went down in between televised action and behind the scenes at the Skiers Cup.

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