Gear Junkie back in USA

My head is still spinning. My feet are damaged but on the mend. To say the 2010 Wenger Patagonian Expedition Race was a crazy time would understate the experience. But after almost seven straight days of racing — and hundreds of kilometers traveled on bike, foot, and kayak — Team Gear Junkie completed the full course through Tierra del Fuego and managed to grab a 4th place finish. Check out the race updates and photos from our reporter, T.C. Worley, here. And below there are a smattering of photos from Worley capturing some of the action from the week. There will be more updates and extensive gear reviews to come as I wind down and get back into real life here at home. Until then, I have to say a huge “thanks” to my teammates Jason Magness, Chelsey Gribbon and Daniel Staudigel; to T.C. Worley, our crack reporter and photographer onsite in Patagonia; to Dennis Piretra at Wenger (who convinced me to sign up for this crazy event in the first place!); to the Gear Junkie readers who cheered us along the way; my wife and family for taking care of things (like our three kids!) back home; and to the passionate, hard-working, and tireless staff and volunteers in Chile who made the Wenger Patagonian Expedition Race possible! —Stephen Regenold

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Daniel Staudigel (in front) leads Team Gear Junkie through arid terrain on the race’s first trekking section; photo by T.C. Worley

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Stephen Regenold, a bit exhausted, moments after finishing the event; photo by T.C. Worley

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Team Gear Junkie running to make up time on the 6th day of the race; photo by T.C. Worley

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Peanut butter fuel before beginning a 46k paddle on the Beagle Channel; photo by T.C. Worley

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Jason Magness in front on a trek near the Beagle Channel; photo by T.C. Worley

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Moving boats into the icy waters of the Beagle Channel; photo by T.C. Worley

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Regenold on the move in the mountains; photo by T.C. Worley

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Back to civilization. Stupid grin of relief on the bus ride to Puerta Williams after the race; photo by T.C. Worley

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Team Gear Junkie at the finish line; photo by T.C. Worley

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Commenting on post : Gear Junkie back in USA
Posted by Ryan Dionne - 02/25/2010 10:10 AM

Welcome home! Can’t wait to hear all about it.

Posted by tbymrtn - 02/25/2010 10:12 AM

What are those pouches on Daniel Staudigel’s pack straps in the 1st pic and Jason Magness in the 5th? I think I came across them on an Aussie brand site but lost track.

Posted by Rett - 02/25/2010 11:28 AM

nice work Stephen – 4th place is very impressive.

Posted by GJmom - 02/25/2010 12:01 PM

so good to have you safe and home! What a trip. Great pictures of the team, hope to see more.

Posted by editor - 02/25/2010 12:06 PM

To tbymrtn: Those are packs from Aarn Design of New Zealand.

Posted by Dylan Wiek - 02/25/2010 12:06 PM


Posted by Gordon Wright - 02/25/2010 12:41 PM

Beastly! That’s a super-high finish for a super-hard race. Congrats to all and can’t wait to hear more!

Posted by Rainbow Unicorn - 02/25/2010 01:20 PM

Well done! Glad you guys made it home alright. Looking forward to seeing the awesome pics.

Posted by JB - 02/25/2010 03:34 PM

Nice job on a huge accomplishment team Gear Junkie. TC, I enjoyed your narrative of the race. Excellent work!

Posted by Nancy Fendler - 02/25/2010 03:35 PM

Way to go Stephen!!!

Posted by Leah Malec - 02/25/2010 04:33 PM

Welcome home, Stephen. We’re all so proud of you and your team. Amazing! Can’t wait to hear more.

Posted by t.c. worley - 02/25/2010 04:57 PM

Thanks, all. I was able to tell the team about your comments a few times when I saw them on the course – it was great to have you all along. And yes, the team rocked the race, it was super cool to see it!

Posted by Brock Foreman - 02/25/2010 05:00 PM

What the @#$% is that skeleton/carcass in the first pic?

Posted by t.c. worley - 02/25/2010 09:33 PM

Brock, It is from a Guanaco – a llama like animal that is plentiful in Patagonia. It likely died of natural causes, as there are no large carnivores where this shot was taken.

Posted by Sam Salwei - 02/26/2010 12:17 AM

I love AARN Bodypacks.

Posted by Jon - 02/26/2010 05:59 AM

I love the stupid grin pic. You do look pretty wasted after the race. Nice work!

Posted by stephanie pearson - 02/26/2010 08:35 AM

Way to go!! Awesome job!

Posted by Chelsey, Dan, Jason - 02/27/2010 11:32 AM

We take serious objection to the title of this post… as currently only one has made it back home while the rest of us are dealing with the aftermath of the 8th largest earthquake in recorded history. We are currently in Bariloche assessing options as the news is showing photographs of giant cracks in the pavement and collapsed highway overpasses, which apparently keeps buses from traveling to Santiago. Even if we were to be able to get there, the news is also showing images of the destroyed passenger terminal and cracked runways. Was interesting to be woken up by a gyrating bed. Luckily the chocolate shops here in Bariloche are still open. Even more lucky that we rappelled from our last alpine spire climb in Frey a full 12 hours before the quake….and we thought a lot of the holds were loose…

Posted by t.c. worley - 02/27/2010 12:31 PM

Yogaslackers, I am so glad you are safe! Unbelieveable! So sad to see this happen. I hope you are able to continue with our travel soon. Be well. Really glad you’re okay!

Posted by jpea - 02/27/2010 01:14 PM

our thoughts are with you guys. keep us updated best you can on your progress home. thank god you weren’t up top when it happened. what timing…

Posted by rob - 02/27/2010 01:27 PM

Awesome Journey,Congratulations!

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