Recon Mission: Pro Skiers Seek New Routes in Cascades

Everything else is canceled. Exploration isn’t. Watch two Eddie Bauer athletes scout epic new lines in the North Cascades.

Venturing outdoors, breathing fresh air, scouting fresh lines — that’s what Eddie Bauer athlete Drew Tabke and athlete and pilot Lexi DuPont accomplished this November.

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In this 4-minute short film, the two athletes reflect on the uncertainty of this past year, and they discuss how setting goals and venturing in the outdoors bring some “normalcy” back into their lives.

The duo’s “recon” mission took them to the North Cascade Mountains of Washington state via a little two-seater plane.

“Early ski season recon missions are a skier’s annual practice to set goals, check out new zones, and get inspired for the upcoming season,” Dupont said.

“In seeking a return to normalcy, this ritual is more important to recognize. Powder dreams are not canceled in 2020.”

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Mary Murphy

Mary is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and is based in GearJunkie's Denver, Colo. office. She has a degree in English and journalism, and has a background in both newspaper and magazine writing. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to skiing to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.

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