3rd Place in Patagonian Exped Race!

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It took 162 hours and 31 minutes. But after more than a week of racing Team GearJunkie/YogaSlackers has managed a third-place finish in the 2012 Patagonian Expedition Race, a multisport competition in southern Chile that’s been dubbed the toughest race on the planet.

Team GearJunkie/YogaSlackers paddling to finish line

We have few details so far but know GearJunkie/YogaSlackers was crowned third-place last night. Team Adidas TERREX-Prunesco won the race again this year with a time of 147 hours 39 minutes. Japan’s Team EastWind pulled second place at 159 hours 25 minutes.

Winners! First place again for Team Adidas TERREX-Prunesco

This year saw the highest finishing rate of any recent Patagonian Expedition Race, the 400+ mile bike, trek, kayak course being completed by 10 teams (out of 20 that started the course on Feb. 14). Congrats to all the teams who pushed limits to complete the course! We’ll have more details on the race as GearJunkie/YogaSlackers gets back to civilization this weekend.

Reemergence: GearJunkie/YogaSlackers come out of the mountains after a multi-day trek

—Follow Team GearJunkie/YogaSlackers as they race around the planet this year on our dedicated team micro-site.

Typical trekking terrain in Chilean Patagonia

Abseiling into the wilds of Patagonia

Biking on Tierra del Fuego

Kayaking below glacial ice on the Beagle Channel toward the ceremonial finish line for the 2012 race

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.