Mother Races Through Grief at the End of the World: Watch ‘With Spirit’

After experiencing loss, a new mother races through grief in Patagonia. It’s a heart-wrenching, inspiring, and beautifully told story.

We’ve written about adventure racer Chelsey Magness before. And she’s also a GearJunkie writer. From her photo-worthy finish at the Telluride 100 Mountain Bike Race to racing for 10 days straight in New Zealand, she’s no stranger to facing challenges. And the newly released film, “With Spirit,” shows how Magness faced her greatest challenge yet.

Filmmaker Scott Almendinger McGrath explains, “After losing one twin during birth and beginning to raise the other, Chelsey returned to where it all began, the Patagonia Expedition Race. Pushing her mind, body, and spirit to the limits, she raced across the Patagonian wilderness for 7 days in an attempt to beat the environment, their competition, and her grief.”

Told with honesty and candor, “With Spirit,” not only captures the resilience needed to overcome grief, but also to face the wilds of Patagonia. From windy peaks to endless boggy treks, it’s a challenge few will ever know.

Whether you’re looking for a dose of inspiration about the human spirit or a look behind the scenes at one of the toughest races on Earth, it’s worth setting aside an hour to watch this film.

It’s at once heartbreaking, inspiring, and completely mesmerizing. As Magness told sponsor Bronwen Jewelry, “That’s what this journey of grief is like. We have the darkness with the light. And we have to try to walk this beautiful path.”

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Mallory Paige

Gear Editor Mallory Paige credits a childhood exploring the Rocky Mountains for her love of the outdoors. She recently spent a memorable year motorcycle camping across North America (with her dog!) and is now enjoying introducing her baby girl to all manner of adventure.

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