Mon Panier

Depuis 1990, les expériences vécues de Patagonia offrent une vision intense de la nature à travers les yeux d’athlètes, de voyageurs et d’aventuriers.

Tantôt leçons de géographie, récits sportifs ou anecdotes de voyages, ces récits ont en commun une vraie passion pour la vie. Une passion dans laquelle nous allons puiser dès que possible et que nous célébrons en partageant nos histoires avec d’autres. Nous espérons que la lecture de ces récits saura vous amuser et vous inspirer pour vos prochains voyages, proches et lointains, engagés ou non. Nous ajouterons de nouveaux reportages tout au long de l’année, alors n’hésitez pas à revenir visiter ces pages régulièrement. La plupart de ces expériences vécues sont rédigées en anglais. Nous vous prions de nous en excuser.

What’s the “Why?”: Notes from a crash-test dummy

About a half-century ago, the French mountain guide and author Gaston Rébuffat wrote one of the rare nonpoetic, strictly practical sections of his classic book Starlight and Storm: “Personal equipment should be warm, light, strong and of first-class quality … [it] will be severely tested, and it must be in perfect condition before every climb.”

What’s the “Why?”: Notes from a crash-test dummy

Reinvention

One-thousand-foot streaks of water oozed down the mass jumble of gray rock like dripping black fangs. Ice chunks floated peacefully by until one landed close by and exploded, spraying us with shrapnel. Clouds rushed overhead, then dissipated as they entered the cirque we’d hiked through earlier that morning. We were at 14,000 feet, high on the Diamond, Colorado’s premier big wall.

Reinvention

Deep Fatigue

My red and white umbrella casts a meager shadow over the path; puffs of hot dust lift from each footstep as I lengthen my stride across the flat ground. Around the next corner, I finally see the summit of Kunyang Chish East (24,278 feet), another unclimbed peak in the Karakoram Range of Pakistan.

Deep Fatigue

Old Friend Fear

“Yotei is not a challenging climb. It’s a six-hour walk – no ropes, no crampons. All you’ll need is a pair of snowshoes and a couple of Asahis,” my husband assures me. He knows mentioning my other love – beer – will help me forget about my fears, if only for milliseconds. “What about Friday’s surf spot? What kind of break is it?”

Old Friend Fear

Merci Beaucoup

“I can take you there, but you can’t write about it,” says Dave, looking over a tree-choked mountainside blanketed in 15 inches of fresh. “I dipped down there this morning,” he adds, “you can almost see my skin-track under that cliff.” He points with his pole, a bent one emblazoned with the logo of a ski shop over 2,200 miles to the west.

Merci Beaucoup

One More Shot

“Man, I wish my legs weren’t so smoked,” my ski partner Arne Backstrom smiled as he articulated the thought blaring in my head. I might not have known it then, but this was about to be the run of my life; the day we finally got to leave our tracks on the Aiguille Verte’s Couturier Couloir, and nothing – not even tired legs – would stop us.

One More Shot

Stash

There it is. A shot of powder so pristine, I almost feel guilty tracking it up. There’s no point in looking over my shoulder—no one is there. I could never explain exactly how to get here: A few turns, a traverse, a side step, a tree duck and then it opens up. A magical alleyway. My stash.

Stash

Archive d’Expériences vécues

Depuis 1990, les expériences vécues de Patagonia offrent une vision intense de la nature à travers les yeux d’athlètes, de voyageurs et d’aventuriers.Tantôt leçons de géographie, récits sportifs ou anecdotes de voyages, ces récits ont en commun une vraie passion pour la vie.