Patagonia 2013 TR -- Lessons in Ego and Caring


Discussion Topic

Return to Forum List
Post a Reply
Messages 21 - 40 of total 49 in this topic << First  |  < Previous  |  Show All  |  Next >  |  Last >>

Big Wall climber
Crestline CA
Apr 5, 2013 - 12:26pm PT
Nice... most people don't learn what you have learned so quickly and most people who climb to impress others don't last very long in the sport... it gets them or they get out! Good for you!

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Apr 5, 2013 - 05:42pm PT
bump in case you missed one of the best tr's and writeups on ST

link from the OP


Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Apr 5, 2013 - 10:31pm PT
Fantastic TR! Deep soul searching, taking the bode to extremes and and revelations of the mind.
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
WA, & NC & Idaho
Apr 5, 2013 - 11:44pm PT
Verrrrry cooool, great introspection and analysis!!!!!!!!

Much respect, for your personal journey!!!!!
john hansen

Apr 5, 2013 - 11:59pm PT
Thanks for posting , good read.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Apr 6, 2013 - 12:09am PT

Can you say ADVENTURE!
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Apr 6, 2013 - 12:19am PT
Austin, contact Alpinist Magazine and get this thing published. It is worth it. Contact me if you want help.
2 l l

Sport climber
Rancho Verga, CA
Apr 6, 2013 - 01:41am PT
The Fitz Roy massif looming over the streets of El Chalten
Nice photo (whoa)

Trad climber
47N 122W
Apr 6, 2013 - 01:53am PT
Nice expe ... and send. Good job on keeping it together when things seemed to be dismal. Life lessons to carry forward. Good Job; anyone who has done a big wall knows the "worn out" feeling ... but the endorphine high that comes thereafter. Sound like your a fellow w.washingtonite.. Nicely done ... good story. What's next?


Trad climber
Carson City, NV
Apr 6, 2013 - 02:02am PT
wow - very cool. An adventure that will always be with you.

Thank you for the great read and photos!
Brian Biega

Truckee, CA
Apr 6, 2013 - 02:51am PT
Awesome report! Thanks for the sharing.

Cheers, Brian

Mountain climber
Apr 7, 2013 - 05:57am PT
a bump for writing that travels to a depth consistent with the depth of the original adventure.

the type of alpinism writing i have the most appreciation for...

thanks for the share.


Trad climber
Apr 7, 2013 - 10:01am PT
I agree with what Peter Haan said on your blog, you should send this to Alpinist. You have something significant to say that goes beyond a mere trip report. You openly discuss things that all of us can relate to and understand. Very well done on both counts, Austin: the climbing and the writing. This is a report I will read again.

Trad climber
Apr 7, 2013 - 12:26pm PT
I agree! This is a great read, and should be in Print. Alpinist would be a great place for it. Don't give your self away for free!

And I respect your perspective on how hard it is to face the demons. I will reflect on this when I am choosing to bail or continue. Why should we go up/down? Where is my ego in this equation?

Climbing at this level after only 4 years? Jeez. You are a badass! Makes me wonder what I could be capable of if I were to suppress the fear and go for it. I am not jealous, I am Inspired!
Thanks for that!
Rick A

Boulder, Colorado
Apr 7, 2013 - 12:40pm PT
A trip like this will stay with you for as long as you live! Excellent read.

Apr 7, 2013 - 05:41pm PT
Bump this... So cool

Trad climber
The Circuit, Tonasket WA
Apr 8, 2013 - 10:55am PT
Bump, for some really excellent, introspective writing.
I agree with Peter's comment!
Keith Leaman

Trad climber
Apr 8, 2013 - 01:13pm PT
The Dak,
So the State Department's loss is the climbing community's gain! Excellent writing. Like the Mickey Smith quote in your blog: "If I only scrape a living, at least it's one worth scraping".

We climbed a bit with Jon last week and I was hoping one of you guys would post a TR about this extraordinary adventure. His videos of Ben siphoning water from the cracks with a Mylar wrapper and plastic tube was priceless. Sounded like spectacular weather. Well done!

Trad climber
Apr 8, 2013 - 01:39pm PT
Absolute Full Value. Way to go guys. These three are beyond words...

Credit: A. Siadak

Credit: A. Siadak

Credit: A. Siadak

But this one is my favorite.

Credit: A. Siadak

Tells the whole story in one image. Thanks for taking us out there and back again.

-Scott Jett

The Dak

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 8, 2013 - 04:52pm PT
Thanks to all for the kind words. I'm really glad that you've all enjoyed the words and photos. For various reasons I almost never posted the story to begin with, but now I'm very glad that I did.

@climbski2 -- thanks for the Kipling poem. I hadn't see that one before and I was very struck by his words. Now THAT is some excellent writing!

@marty(r) -- you definitely can't beat Ana's alfajores, that's for sure.

Messages 21 - 40 of total 49 in this topic << First  |  < Previous  |  Show All  |  Next >  |  Last >>
Return to Forum List
Post a Reply
Our Guidebooks
Check 'em out!
SuperTopo Guidebooks

Try a free sample topo!

SuperTopo on the Web

Recent Trip Report and Articles
Recent Route Beta
Recent Gear Reviews