We tracked the Destination Torngat kayak expedition—both literally and figuratively—through the remote reaches of Northern Labrador for six weeks this summer. Audio dispatches, field reports via sat uplink, coordinate updates from their DeLorme inReach device, and a steady stream of stunning images from one of the most remote places on earth. Ben Stookesberry, Chris Korbulic, and the crew are back home safely and reflecting on the epic after paddling an ancient canoe route down the George River, completing the second descent of the Ford River, ticking a no-portage descent of the 18 waterfalls of the Nachvak River, and surviving an expedition of a magnitude that trumps most we have seen.
Seth Waterfall has summited Everest three times. He’s also skied from the summits of Denali and Mount Waddington, and guided countless clients up Kilimanjaro, Denali, and Mt. Rainier, a peak he has summited 137 times by seven different routes. As the weather transitions from climbing to skiing season, and shoulder season training kicks into high gear, we asked Seth to provide us with his tips and perspective on mountain training.
As part of Eddie Bauer’s fall shoulder season campaign, we traveled to Park City, Utah, to experience the calm of a mountain town in a quieter time. Park City is famous in mountain circles. But more than the glitzy annual film fest and ski-area corporations wrestling over land-lease ownership, the town is newsworthy in our sphere for its extensive and publicly funded network of mountain bike trails. The first IMBA gold-level mountain biking destination in the world, Park City features lift-access freeriding at all three ski areas, community-built flow trails in Bob’s Basin, the public Trailside Bike Park, and more than 400 miles of buff public singletrack within easy striking distance of historic Main Street, with many trailheads accessible by public local transit. To get the full rundown and the firsthand experience, we connected with Scott House, co-founder of Mountain Biking Park City, for a day of riding and a recap on the trails of this world-renowned singletrack destination.
Editor’s Note: It’s been a painful week of tragedy and tribute, with the impact of the avalanche that claimed our guide team member Liz Daley in the mountains above El Chaltén, Argentina, still reverberating throughout our company and our community. Daley was traveling with teammates Drew Tabke, Chris Coulter, and Kent McBride, as well as photographer Chris Figenshau and filmmaker Nick Kalisz, who have remained in the area dealing with the aftermath, but are soon heading back home. The loss was felt deeply by many, but likely none more so than her fiancé, Davide, who asked us to share his remembrance to Liz, a heartfelt piece that was first published yesterday morning on Powder Magazine. Read his words below.
We are deeply saddened to report that yesterday, an avalanche in the Fitz Roy Massif region outside of El Chaltén, Argentina, took the life of Liz Daley, a member of our guide team.
Liz was on a ski mountaineering expedition with three other members of our snow sports team and two production crew members. The rest of the team is safe.
Liz was an accomplished splitboarder, alpine climber and mountain guide who was born and raised in Washington. She was a beloved member of our snow sports team and will be sorely missed by all those who knew her.
Tuesday night at the Boulder Theater in Colorado is the world premiere of Lynsey Dyer’s pioneering Pretty Faces effort. We’ve backed the all-women’s ski movie from the beginning, from the first creative concept through the Kickstarter campaign and the long summer season of editing, Facebook postings, and blowing off creative steam. But as the ladies launch the final edit with much anticipation, fanfare, expectations—and apparently big white balloons and a massive unicorn dance party—we wanted to hear the reasons that motivated the effort from Dyer herself. So we tracked her down for a six-question interview on the genesis of Pretty Faces.
From Argentina to Africa, Eddie Bauer Sport Shop guide John Burrell has fished, hunted, and guided in some spectacular locations as the owner/operator of his High Adventure Company. So he has a high bar when lodge operators sell him on the epicness of their location. But the Port Eads Marina at the mouth of the mighty Mississippi fits the definition so much that Burrell signed his company on to operate the prime marlin and tuna sport-fishing destination on the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a deep story of post-Katrina recovery and a FEMA-funded rebuild of a state-of-the-art marina in the southernmost parish in Louisiana.