Video looks at ‘Cold, Exhausted, Remote, Serious Moments’ in Patagonia Race

What is it like to be truly remote and pushed to your physical and emotional limits in the wilderness? This video, culled from clips taken by our race team on the go in remote Chile during the 2012 Patagonian Expedition Race, gives a solid glimpse into that question. The answer is seen in the subtle expressions and trudging footsteps here, as our GearJunkie/YogaSlackers team (Chelsey, Jason, Dan and Paul) make their may through deep, cold mountains trekking and climbing for days and hundreds of miles toward a finish line, no other teams in sight. Overall, this year’s race (our third one down there in Chile) was tough on the team. But we managed a 3rd-place finish after eight days on the move biking, paddling, climbing and trekking through Patagonia. In this video, there is little relief or celebration to be seen. These were cold, exhausted, remote, serious times. These are the moments that, looking back as well as living through them, define what adventure can mean at its deep, mysterious core.

—See our post “High Insanity” for a recap of the 2012 Patagonian Expedition Race. The team’s other recent video, “Naming Rights,” covers a unique climbing feat Team GJ took on during the race while ascending a never-before-climbed pass in the Darwin Mountain Range north of the Beagle Channel.

Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.