On a trip to Patagonia, I learnt that climbing wasn’t just about struggling and having fun.
There was something else too.
Patagonia is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been.
But there was one thing we didn’t expect when we went there.
Like, seriously windy.
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.
The days blew by, merging into a wicked blur of cut ropes, rockfall and bad weather.
But as we approached the summit, the wind calmed, the sky cleared.
An incredible landscape unfolded around us.
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.
Freedom in it’s purest form.
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- Neil Chelton