I made it home safely earlier today from my trip to Patagonia. Wow, what an experience! There is no way I can summarize it in a paragraph or in a page or even in a book. Really, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to adequately describe it. I honestly don’t comprehend it myself.
Here is a quick summary of what I did during the last 21 days. Let me start by saying that this was not a typical trip to Patagonia, exactly what you’d expect from a trip with Marc Adamus. Sure, we spent time in the classic locations of El Chalten and Torres del Paine, but in between we explored the remote fjords of southern Chile. Yes, there are fjords in southern Chile. They are located northwest of Torres del Paine and are only accessible by boat. Fun.
Here are some details about my trip. I flew approximately 11,000 miles. While in Patagonia, I estimate that we traveled by car for almost 1000 miles. During our time in the Chilean fjords, we traveled by boat for 11 days and we covered approximately 450 miles. I captured more than 7000 images and videos on my DSLR and my iPhone combined. The total size of all those files is about 400 GB. Yikes.
The numbers are one thing, but the personal experiences are even more significant. I met some amazing, amazing people. More on them later. I created more memories than a person deserves in two lifetimes. I set foot on land so remote that maybe 25 other people had ever stood in the places where I stood. We were out there!
I hiked about 30 miles over some very rough terrain with approximately 5000 feet of elevation gain in total. I aggravated a meniscus tear in my left knee (I’m pretty sure about that), I fractured a rib (I’m really sure about that), and I was without a laptop for the entire time I was gone (whoa!).
Needless to say, I need some time to sort through images and emotions and stories. Not to mention time to heal! I hope to share some images and more details in a series of blog posts soon. My plan is to also create a short video to describe the experience. Stay tuned!
In the meantime, here is an image to give you an idea of some of the views in the Chilean fjords. We encountered this location near the end of our fjord journey. I happened to be on deck when we passed an amazing foggy canyon with ridges lined with tiny bonsai-like trees. The fog and the layers were absolutely mesmerizing. We turned the boat around three or four times to get a variety of angles and views. For me, it was the scene of a lifetime. I’ve never experienced anything like it! Enjoy!