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Why Patagonia? 180° SOUTH. INSPIRATION is FREE.

Photograph of Patagonia by Peter Essick. 2004 National Geographic. All rights reserved.

INSPIRATION is FREE. 7:14am. Tuesday morning. I’m brushing my teeth when my 4 year old (Cameron) walks in and says… “Daddy! Turn off the water! You’re wasting the Earth!”. At age 4, he can identify the parts of an Emperor penguin, explain the life cycle of a butterfly, count to 100 in Spanish, and name all 7 continents. When I was 4… I ate dirt, shoved a No. 2 pencil up my nose, and realized I had an intense and uncomfortable fear of clowns.

If you’re following my blog, you already know travel is the catalyst that fuels my soul. It is the essence of my life and the foundation of my desire to learn. Keyword… my. I’ve been absent from my blog for a few months and feeling a bit sorry for myself. Shame on me! Primarily, because I don’t have any BIG trips planned anytime soon and we missed the London Olympics that my wife and I so adamantly planned to attend. Prior to two children mind you. That’s life. It made me think. Besides the comment Cameron made about me “wasting the Earth”, I was challenged and inspired to think less about my interests… and more about how many people are out there every day actually making a difference in this world and educating future generations.

A couple names came to mind. Yvon Chouinard. Doug Tompkins. Go ahead and add Kris Tompkins to the list of remarkable educators/conservationists; plus, a 1968 journey from Ventura, CA to Patagonia, South America and you’ve got one hell of an inspiring adventure! If you are unfamiliar with these names, Chouinard started a company called Patagonia, as an homage to his life-changing journey south. Tompkins started a company called The North Face. I own multiple pieces of their apparel (which I absolutely LOVE); but, that is not even close to the reason why they are an inspiration to me (and the world). It’s because of their adamant defense of nature. Like my 4yr old (Cameron) said… you’re wasting the Earth! These 3 pioneers are concentrating their energy and efforts to make sure we don’t “waste the Earth”. A good place to start. Patagonia.  One simple question: Why Patagonia? One simple answer: Because it is one of the last wild places on Earth.

Flash forward to 2008 and a living documentary by Woodshed Films called 180° SOUTH. The adventure was inspired 10 years after Jeff Johnson saw the film “Mountain of Storm” about Chouinard and Tompkin’s journey to Patagonia in 1968. The Plan. Step 1. Hitch a ride on the sailing vessel “Sea Bear” enroute to Patagonian Chile. Step 2. Climb Corcovado Peak in Patagonia. This film is 100% worth watching for the fact it is an ADVENTURE, as best described by Yvon Chouinard: “The word adventure has gotten overused. For me, when everything goes wrong, that’s when adventure starts”. Believe me. Jeff’s journey DEFINITELY becomes the quintessential definition of ADVENTURE. Jeff Johnson’s journey takes him from Ventura, CA to a month in the warm waters of Mexico’s Pacific Coast in Baja, then onward to The Galapagos Islands, and a unique mythical experience in Easter Island / Rapa Nui before embarking on Patagonia, Chile. An unbelievable and inspiring adventure! Follow the Journey! 

Typically, this is where I blab on and on and on about my experiences. Where I’ve been. What I’ve seen. Who I’ve met. This time… I’m blogging approx 600 words that simply say… This inspires me.

You don’t have to climb a mountain, surf the biggest wave, or start your own outdoor adventure clothing, apparel and gear company. Find your passion. Follow it. Make a difference. INSPIRATION is FREE.

Check out the following links:

180° SOUTH: http://www.180south.com/index.html

Why Patagonia? http://www.conservacionpatagonica.org/

The North Face: http://www.thenorthface.com/en_US/index.html

Patagonia: http://www.patagonia.com/us/home

180° SOUTH Soundtrack: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/180-south-original-soundtrack/id377968698