Happy Hump Day!
I’ve been working on a guest-blog this week for a super rad new company coming to the market, Revel Gear, a company bringing solar-powered lights to the backcountry camping scene. Anyway, in writing the blog, I was reminded of this photo, and the story behind it…from November, 2014…
One of my favorite adventure tales recounts the time that Aaron and I traveled to Patagonia (Argentine side). We were there in the Spring, and therefore spent the first few days in the town of El Chalten, playing many hands of cards, waiting for the rainy weather to pass to hopefully get out and catch some views of the amazing mountains we came to see. We fell victim to the area’s weather forecaster, Wind Guru, and were convinced that if we extended our time down there we might have a shot at taking in some of the scenery.
Approaching our final days in El Chalten, there was a break in the weather in the forecast, so we packed our stuff and hiked in toward Fitz Roy. We were about 2 miles from our camp, when the sideways rain began. The wind in Patagonia is no joke! We arrived at camp, set up our tent in the rain, and made a rock wall on the outside of the tent to help protect us from the wind. Then we settled in for the next 16 hours while the weather whipped around outside (if you want to get to know someone really well…). Thanks to our awesome Marmot tent, we stayed nice and dry and enjoyed some tasty dehydrated lasagna made by a gal in Bariloche.
Around 5 in the morning, I woke up and it was quiet. I unzipped the tent and something bright orange was glowing through the trees…it was Fitz Roy. I shook Aaron, hurriedly got dressed, grabbed my camera gear and headed out to a clearing. We witnessed a burning sunrise on some of the most impressive granite walls I have ever seen. It might have been the cold air biting at my face, but I was teary with a wide range of emotions.
Truly, this is still one of the most epic moments of my life.
Taking advantage of the good weather, we hustled back to camp, grabbed our day packs and headed up to Laguna de los Tres below Fitz Roy. The clouds were already moving swiftly around the peaks, but there was still sun, and it felt so good. After a short time at the lake, we headed down to camp and packed our things and headed out. The peak was in the clouds by the time we were back on the trail, and stayed that way until we headed out of town.
Stay tuned for the entire blog when it comes out at the end of the month.