“Bleleleleleep.” The piece of relatively modern technology in my hand emits its message alert. Earlier I had sent out some text messages via the satellite phone in search of weather reports. “New SMS Text. Read Now?” it asks. Is this the one I have been waiting for, I wonder to myself. An hour before, Matt […]
“I’ll get the gate” I say as the red Nissan pickup truck slows to a stop in front of a sturdy, wooden gate. I open the door and hop out. The brisk Patagonian wind kicks the life back into me and is worlds different than the stagnant air of the truck cab and its […]
“Where are you going with those” Dave asks, a bit perplexed as I grab the three mostly full duffle bags of food from the cook tent. “I am a visual person”, I respond. “I need to spread the food out to do a proper inventory.” I cart the bags down the thirty degree slope to […]
The shaggy haired blonde guy looked a bit out of place, no doubt just as I did. He was wandering around the Bigger grocery store with a stack of dulce de leche tubs. I pushed my sugary snack laden grocery cart away from the dulces and made my way toward Dave, Matt and Ting Ting […]
The couple across the aisle is making out, or rather maybe just involved in some “heavy cuddling.” They actually look rather uncomfortable, sittin up and turned sideways in their seat. I guess I am probably jealous. We are thirty-thousand feet above Pucon, Chile, or that is what the in-flight sky map is showing. The plane […]
I feel somewhat relieved that I won’t spend much time studying and staring at these meteograms this year. I am excited for the remote nature of our expedition.
The Mojave desert is an unconventional place to prepare for an expedition to a remote Patagonian peak. Joshua Tree National Park however, is where three of the four expedition members ended up during mid December. It is true that before gaining popularity as a testing ground in its own right, J-Tree was seen as […]