Andy Mahre is a powder warrior. Season after season he seeks the deepest conditions in the heaviest spots, exhibiting the smooth style and stomped landings that made his effortless pow-slaying edits famous with skiers worldwide. But he also constantly puts himself at risk and has landed on the injured reserve on multiple occasions. In our deep, immersive, all-action edit from a Poor Boyz Productions trip to Japan, Mahre returns to classic form and stacks blower overhead footage in the short travel window before he gets temporarily sidelined again with a brutal crash. Watch the pre-wreckage footage for a taste of his deep immersion.
In the first episode of The White Room, Lexi du Pont lands in Japan with Poor Boyz Productions for a soulful quest to find the deepest powder conditions of her lifetime. Filmed primarily in the January sweet spot in a legendarily deep location, du Pont stacked enough footage in one trip for our all-action edit that explores the three essentials that storm tracking skiers seek on their own edit quest: deep powder, cultural immersion and the constant refresh of hammering storm cycles. From religious tree skiing and stacked pillow lines to bottomless landings, du Pont finds what she seeks. Watch and enjoy.
Caroline George has a résumé of big, bold climbing lines to her credit. From the six great north faces of the Alps to lines such as Beyond Good and Evil, she has ticked some heavy ice and mixed climbs in her vertical career. But a Caroline-style downshift for new motherhood kept her off the biggest, boldest lines for the past two years. That all changed when George got a call to climb the Colton-Macintyre route on the Grandes Jorasses this fall. She responded with a long, cold, and committing 1,200-meter route that ended in a WI6 diversion up a route appropriately named Extreme Dream. —LYA Editor
We’ve followed the trips and travels of Eddie Bauer adventure travel guide and National Geographic photographer Trevor Frost from Borneo to the Outback to the Serengeti. His stories are always compelling, and the locations he lands in are the true definition of adventure travel, whether deep in the jungle or isolated in the desert. So when Frost sends us a gear report, we trust his word on how our product performs. This is his detailed take, with the images to prove it, on how our Airbender survived for five rainy weeks while he was living in a tent in the Ethiopian Highlands.
On our home turf of the Pacific Northwest, the steelhead fishing is legendary. But as Eddie Bauer Sport Shop guide and New York State resident Michael Pepi reminded us, steelheading is not just a West Coast sport. Pepi provided a rundown on one of his favorite upstate spots on the 18-mile-long Salmon River, and its tributaries, near Lake Ontario, where he has been known to land some really big fish in the catch-and-release upper and lower fly zones of this treasured river.
One of the best-kept secrets of our Western Washington home turf is that just an hour or so north of Eddie Bauer headquarters, in the subdued, excited town of Bellingham, Washington, lives the family media conglomerate that created the stunning print publications of The Ski Journal; Frequency: The Snowboarder’s Journal; and The Flyfish Journal. The publisher of those titles, Jeff Galbraith, is an aficionado of all things fish and field in Western Washington, and a big fan of our Sport Shop series of hunting and shooting apparel. This is his field report on utilizing some of that Sport Shop gear during the late pheasant season in the Pacific Northwest.
For International Women’s Ski Day, we are celebrating all the incredible ladies on our ski team. From Lel Tone who spearheaded the SAFE AS Clinics to promote avalanche safety for women and Lynsey Dyer who produced the pioneering all-women’s ski film Pretty Faces to Lexi du Pont, who laid down some heavy lines in the latest PBP film TWENTY. All the ladies on our ski team are an inspiration to women who ski. In honor of their effort and charge, we are posting du Pont’s full part from the recent Poor Boyz Productions film Twenty, with footage from trips to Japan, the BC interior and Norway. Enjoy.