Patagonia 2013 TR -- Lessons in Ego and Caring


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The Dak

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 4, 2013 - 03:05pm PT
I spent 5 weeks in January and early February this year down in Argentine Patagonia, climbing in Los Glaciares National Park, home of the Fitz Roy and Torre massifs.

I wrote up a story/trip report/introspection about the experience on my blog, but figured some monkeys here on Supertopo might enjoy reading it as well. At the very least I promise there's lots of awesome and inspiring photos to look at -- and some guest appearances by many Valley regulars and denizens.

Hope y'all enjoy:

The views aren't too bad down south
The views aren't too bad down south
Credit: Cheyne Lempe photo

Apr 4, 2013 - 03:42pm PT
Holy cow!!! Real nice writing, photos and climbing. That was pretty impressive to read. Thanks for what you've done on the Dirtbag Diaries too.

Big Wall climber
Ashland, Or
Apr 4, 2013 - 05:37pm PT
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Apr 4, 2013 - 05:44pm PT
Incredible, thank you for sharing. Hope I can check out Patagonia with own eyes some day.

Trad climber
El Dorado Hills, CA
Apr 4, 2013 - 06:17pm PT
So f*#king good.....
Thank you for sharing.
The writing is excellent.

Boulder climber
Apr 4, 2013 - 06:22pm PT
Austin......thanks for posting....was good hanging out with yal down there....was some good times had by all..hope too see ya soon down here in the Sierra....cheers bro!!


Mckinleyville, Ca
Apr 4, 2013 - 06:45pm PT
Great writing on the ego. Couldn't help detailing one of Dak's brilliant photos. The goddess in a gown and jeweled headdress.
from an Austin Siadak original photograph
from an Austin Siadak original photograph
Credit: rrider

(edit: names corrected -sorry about that)
The Dak

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 4, 2013 - 06:57pm PT
Thanks rrider, that pic is actually one of mine. She sure is a beautiful devil though, ain't she?

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Apr 4, 2013 - 06:58pm PT
Thanks for the peek.

Man, that is another realm, of which I may never get to dive into.


Apr 4, 2013 - 07:03pm PT
The Care Bear Traverse sounds like one of the finest alpine rock routes anywhere.

Trad climber
Yosemite, ca
Apr 4, 2013 - 09:14pm PT
After only 4 years of climbing.....that is impressive. Sounds really scary up there.

El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Apr 4, 2013 - 09:34pm PT
Great read and awesome photos.
Super inspiring!

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Apr 4, 2013 - 09:37pm PT

Wow. Double wow. TRIPLE WOW!!!!!

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Apr 4, 2013 - 10:04pm PT
The quest to become your own hero. Self respect is hard earned.

I loved your writing. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and the beauty of the place.

Sport climber
Home away from Home
Apr 4, 2013 - 10:18pm PT
Great writing... love the honesty about ego and your willingness to share your thoughts ....

"It demanded concentration
fear and ability to control it
pain and discomfort
flesh and blood

Amazing photos... thanks for taking us on the trip with you, mentally, physically and visually.


beneath the valley of ultravegans
Apr 4, 2013 - 10:29pm PT
Pretty damn rad! How cool is the Southern Cross? And that spot where you realize the pampas meets the mountains? And Ana's Chocolateria?! Can't beat that.

It was nice reading about the things I think about constantly. Just with nicer photos.

Keep at it!

Northern Mexico
Apr 4, 2013 - 11:46pm PT
Epic read.


Trad climber
Apr 5, 2013 - 12:34am PT
BUMP. Austin, this is amazing. Very inspirational.

"I've imagined myself in situations like this before, when I read epic stories in climbing magazines or books about all-night descents and precarious moments. I always figured I'd find the strength to focus my mind and take control when I found myself in that position. But in that moment, as the sh#t inched closer and closer to the fan, I realized that I just didn't have it in me. I wanted to be able to take the lead. I wanted to pull my weight. I didn't want to look like a gumby in front of such accomplished people. I wanted them to like me and respect me. But I was just so tired. "

^That really hit home to me. After climbing my first El Cap route in the winter and that route as my first epic, I went through a very similar situation in my head. Glad to hears other disclose similar feelings.

keep following your dreams!!

Gym climber
sawatch choss
Apr 5, 2013 - 09:44am PT
tHanks for letting us all into your thoughts and experience. I respect you for this.

Trad climber
The Circuit, Tonasket WA
Apr 5, 2013 - 11:11am PT
Stellar pictures and great writing.
What a grand adventure.
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