A few weeks ago, the 2013 Patagonian Expedition Race took place in the southern tip of South America and, like last year, I came to Punta Arenas to photograph the event. With one race already under my belt, I had a better idea of what to expect and how to capture good images, but nothing can prepare you to an environment like Chilean Patagonia. As it turned out, 2013 was the toughest race on record, with only two teams completing the grueling 701km course (and a third finishing a shortened course), out of the 11 that started. The highlight of the course happened on the first day, with a crossing of the Southern Patagonian Icecap (Hielo Continental Sur) on the Tyndall glacier. Though it was supposed to be a mellow 11km affair, it took us through severely crevassed terrain and took NorCal, the team I was following, 28km and 7h to cross. Three other teams had to spend the night on the glacier, during a full-on storm!
After returning from the glacier section over two big days, I shot some mountain biking and one of the few kayak sections near Puerto Natales, the gateway to Torres del Paine. Logistically, it became then too complicated to try and follow one of the few teams still in the race, so I spent a few days in Punta Arenas and shot the lead team, Adidas-Terrex Prunesco from the UK, as they crossed the finish line, 8 and a half days after starting! A few hours later, I was on a bus headed to the mythical Cerro Torre and Fitzroy range in Argentina, but that is a story for another day.
Here are my favourite shots from the race. Enjoy!