Kayaking In Chile
I saw the unfortunate news on TV a few weeks ago that the co-founder of North Face died of hypothermia in a kayaking accident in Chile. The story really hit home because I was at that very moment downloading photos I just took while kayaking in Chile. I could understand the hypothermia part. As you can see in the above image, my hands were wet and felt like ice cubes. And if I got into trouble here, it would have been a long time before help would arrive. There was absolutely no cell phone coverage. Plus, it was a three hour ride up a bumpy, dust-covered dirt trail into the snow topped Andes Mountains. I have some crazy GoPro footage of this drive that I’ll hopefully have time to assemble soon. The water was freezing, and the strong winds continually pushed my kayak away from shore. We got the photos we needed, but I was soaked, tired, and felt like an popsicle. Unfortunately, the way the schedule worked on this trip, we needed to head straight from this adventure to the airport to catch a flight. I changed clothes in the vehicle as we bounced back down from the mountains, packing my wet items in plastic bags I brought along. Luckily the plane was mostly empty so I didn’t have to stink up the poor person that would have been sitting next to me.