Sierra Designs and Alaska Mountain Guides launch ‘A Year of Adventure’
Last Updated on Friday, 08 April 2011 17:58
BOULDER, COLO. (April 8, 2011)
– Exotic locations, breath-taking scenery, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences await three lucky winners in the co-sponsored Sierra Designs and Alaska Mountain Guides ‘A Year of Adventure’ sweepstakes.
A LIFE OF PATAGONIA excerpted from High Infatuation: A Climber's Guide to Love and Gravity
Valentine’s Day. Week nine in Patagonia. Day nine in a snow cave. Dean and I haven’t spoken a word since we woke up. This is hands-down the most unromantic day of my life. I drop tears silently. I hate Dean. I hate Patagonia. I fantasize about being in a nice clean house, with a nice clean boyfriend who has just brought me a huge, lovely smelling bouquet of flowers. I am certain that at this very moment every girl in the Western world is wearing a dress and being showered with valentine gifts. I’ve been in this one-piece suit for months. Yesterday I took off my shell pants, and the coating was rotted out inside the crotch. I always thought that was just a figure of speech. Why am I here? I hate this snow cave. I hate myself. I hate everything. I can’t believe I’m wasting my twenties like this. I lie corpselike in my damp sleeping bag and soak the top with tears, adding to the condensation problem and filling the bivy tent with a cloud of misery and self-pity. Dean is comatose. I can’t even imagine good weather anymore.