Why I Climb Big Rocks > Part 4 – Freedom

On a trip to Patagonia, I learnt that climbing wasn’t just about struggling and having fun.

There was something else too.

VDiff Climbing why i climb big rocks

Patagonia is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been.

Patagonia climbing torres del paine

But there was one thing we didn’t expect when we went there.

VDiff Climbing why i climb big rocks

It’s windy.

VDiff Climbing why i climb big rocks

Like, seriously windy.

VDiff Climbing why i climb big rocks

We walked to The Central Tower over 7 days.

And for 10 days, we inched our way up, driven by the irony that we could only be rescued by ourselves.

Patagonia climbing

The days blew by, merging into a wicked blur of cut ropes, rockfall and bad weather.

Patagonia big wall climbing

But as we approached the summit, the wind calmed, the sky cleared.

An incredible landscape unfolded around us.

VDiff Climbing why i climb big rocks

On the top of a kilometer-high granite tower in the middle of the Patagonian wilderness, a sense of peace and exhilaration captured me in ways I could never have imagined.

VDiff Climbing why i climb big rocks

Freedom in it’s purest form.

Buy VDiff a coffee

Like this story? Support VDiff by downloading an e-book, or buy me a coffee. Your donation keeps this website running, and means I can have more epics and write more stories.

- Neil Chelton
VDiff Founder


Related Articles