We’re big fans—and the official apparel sponsor—of the GoPro® Mountain Games, which kicks off tomorrow in Vail, Colorado. Billed as the country’s largest celebration of athletes, art, music and mountains, the event is part party, part festival and part mountain athlete competition. From June 5th to the 8th, professional and amateur outdoor adventure athletes from the Vail Valley and around the world will converge upon the mountains and rivers of Vail to compete in nine sports and 25 disciplines including x-country, slopestyle and road cycling, freestyle, 8-Ball, sprint and extreme kayaking, raft cross, World Cup Bouldering, stand up paddle sprint and surf cross, as well as trail, mud and road running, Dock Dogs events and the Ultimate Mountain Challenge.
Some days, when work overwhelms life, we take a stroll through our Adventure Archives for a little outdoor, wilderness refresh. One collection of images that recently caught our eye, and imagination, again was from Mason Earle and Katie Lambert’s climbing expedition to the Cirque of the Unclimbables in 2012, which included Earle’s first free ascent of At Dawn We Ride (VI 5.12c R) and Lambert’s all-free ascent of Women at Work (VI 5.12 R). The story, which originally ran in our Summer 2013 Outfitter Book, was incredible and the Ben Ditto photos included stunning shots of bush planes, big walls, nasty weather, backcountry pizza nights and the Northern Lights.
When Eddie Bauer made the call to return to fishing, it was a return to the roots of our brand. Eddie Bauer’s first Sport Shop in downtown Seattle focused on hunting and fishing, and his passion for the pursuits was so strong that he would close his shop for weeks at a time each fall to disappear to the rivers, lakes, and coastal waters within his home state. His time in the field influenced the products he trusted, the gear he sold, and the clothing he put his name on.
Caroline George knows steep, burly lines. But for the UIAGM guide and Chamonix resident, the majority of that steepness is experienced on ice, rock, or mixed climbs. And it was a bit of a surprise to us that the prolific backcountry skier maintains a more complex relationship with steepness on the ski side, complicated by a near-death fall over a 1,000-foot cliff on a ski descent of Mont Dolent in 1997. But seventeen years later, George returned to the steeps with ski descents of the Poubelle couloir, the Rectiligne couloir, the Marbrées couloir, the Trappier couloir, the Cosmiques, and a trip to Arolla with Drew Tabke and Christian Pondella—all in one winter.
Kyle Miller has been on a mission this spring. But rather than exploring his usual haunts of the Cascades, Kyle booked a ticket to the Nordic countries, stopping first in Iceland for a seven-day splitboard exploration of the northern fjords, then moving on to the Lofoten Islands and the Lyngen Alps. In the next installment of this Nordic splitboard saga, Kyle describes the excitement of learning to sea kayak with his gear, the visuals of trolling deep into the fjords, and the challenge of trying to predict the weather in the Lofoten Islands.
Everest is a mountain our guides have come to know and to respect. Danger lurks on the world’s tallest peak, and with each Everest expedition since the peak was first summited, Sherpa climbers have been essential partners in the ascent. Without their work, climbing Everest would be nearly impossible. So when terrible tragedy struck on April 18, killing 16 Nepali climbers in the single deadliest day on the world’s tallest peak, the sorrow and mourning reverberated throughout the climbing communities of our guides, friends, and athletes.
Eddie Bauer adventure travel guide Trevor Frost has been around the globe a few times. Whether it’s chasing orangutans in the rainforest of Sumatra, filming orcas beach hunting in Argentina, or journeying through remote lands as part of his Last Navigators project, the new-world voyager and National Geographic Young Explorer seeks adventure in its truest form. While working to track him down for this blog post, in fact, Frost emerged from the jungle with this update: “I’ve been in the rainforest of Sumatra for the last month chasing orangutans for Nat Geo magazine, hence the slow reply. Check out nat geo instagram to see me wearing EB travex gear crossing a big jungle mud pit.”