Happy Ending: Team GearJunkie/YogaSlackers finish exped race

Our team, GearJunkie/YogaSlackers, crossed the finish line today. By all accounts, the Patagonian Expedition Race this year — our team’s fourth running of the event in Chile — was the longest and most difficult to date. Incredibly, the team began this race on the night of February 11; they just finished today, on February 21st.

10 days and many hundreds of kilometers later, this is how they look. I know their gaze from doing this race twice with the team. It’s a mix of relief and disbelief, exhaustion, elation, and much deer-in-headlights as the team emerges from deep, deep wilderness into the flashbulbs and champagne bottles and cheering crowds, this time in the town square of Punta Arenas, Chile.

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Team GearJunkie/YogaSlackers; photo by Chris Radcliffe

Thanks to Chris Radcliffe for capturing the moment so well. These portraits, taken at the finish line, show the above mix of emotions and pierce into the soul of each GearJunkie and YogaSlacker here. We’ll update with final results and race details as they come. For now we know GearJunkie/YogaSlackers was one of only three teams to finish the course. They lived wild for 10 days. Now they sleep and dream.

—Editor Stephen Regenold completed the Patagonian Expedition Race in 2010 and 2011.

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Chelsey Magness; photo by Chris Radcliffe

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Daniel Staudigel; photo by Chris Radcliffe

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Jason Magness; photo by Chris Radcliffe

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Paul Cassedy; photo by Chris Radcliffe

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Champagne and crowds cheering at the end of the race; photo by Chris Radcliffe

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Teams East Wind, Adidas-Terrex, and GearJunkie/YogaSlackers at the finish in Punta Arenas, Chile; photo by Chris Radcliffe

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Jason and Chelsey at the finish line; photo by Chris Radcliffe

—See action images from the Patagonian race in our recent post “Ice Fields and Oblivion: Update from ‘Last Wild Race’. Follow the Patagonian Expedition Race here. See Chris Radcliffe’s website for a portfolio of his work.

Posted by Marcelo Catalan - 02/22/2013 07:09 AM

Incredible team. True Adventure Racers. Congrats!!!

Posted by Amy O - 02/22/2013 09:26 AM

Such brave and beautiful people, those YogaSlackers. Can not get over how mentally and physically tough they are.

Posted by Carl Adam Ward - 02/22/2013 11:19 AM

Fantastic article, congratulations on doing so well!
It’d be really cool to see your kit lists for the event…and/or what gear you each used. Those front packs have certainly caught my eye

Posted by T.C. Worley - 02/22/2013 11:37 AM

Yeah! So pumped to see you guys done and safe. Great work – you made us proud!

Posted by GrantM - 02/22/2013 05:00 PM

Way to kill it in Chilean Patagonia GJ/Yogaslaskers! Wooohooo!

Posted by Thiago.Benedicto - Brasil - 02/22/2013 07:42 PM

Wooohooo!!! Fantastic! What was the GEAR used by y’all??!

Posted by Dorothy Daniels - 02/23/2013 11:45 AM

Great Finish! So Proud of you guys!

Posted by beaver - 02/24/2013 06:17 PM

So inspiring ! We love you guys !

Posted by Joe P. - 02/26/2013 09:37 PM

You guys are awesome, congratulations!

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