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Summer at the South Pole by Mikey Kampmann

Some weeks ago I crossed over the mountains from Chile to Argentina. It was a pretty sweet way to make a land border crossing. Along the way, a beagle puppy belonging to the Chile border guards started to follow me. She walked with me 7km up the mountains before the ONE guy who lives inbetween Chile and Argentina saw us, recognized the puppy, and said wait a minuto. Otherwise, I think she would have followed me all the way to Argentina. At the actual border, I ran into some friends who were making the crossing on horse! One day, I will have that much style. Eventually, we made it to Lago del Desierto, a beautiful long skinny lake at the top of which is the Argentina border patrol.

Near Campamento Dickson, Parque Nacional Torres del Paine

Easy walking on the backside.

Pretty exciting to come over a ridge and find this wild guy staring you down.

Pretty exciting to come over a ridge and find this wild guy staring you down.

Looking out onto the toe of Grey Glacier.

Looking out onto the toe of Grey Glacier.

Hanging my laundry up to dry, Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. I come out of the woods cleaner/smelling better than I did going in. Clothes too.

Hanging my laundry up to dry, Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. I come out of the woods cleaner/smelling better than I did going in. Clothes too.

Little known fact: Fitz Roy was named after legendary Patagonia puma trainers Fitz and Roy. Their outfits are amazing!!

Little known fact: Fitz Roy was named after legendary Patagonia puma trainers Fitz and Roy. Their outfits are amazing!!

10sec timer self-portrait at Lago Sucia. Nearly exactly one year to the day after taking this portrait same shirt/same pose at the Jerry Springer show.

10sec timer self-portrait at Lago Sucia. Nearly exactly one year to the day after taking this portrait same shirt/same pose at the Jerry Springer show.

Lago Sucia beneath Monte Fitz Roy, Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, Argentina
Nobody was around.

Lago Sucia beneath Monte Fitz Roy, Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, Argentina

Nobody was around.

Another sweet valley on the backside at Torres del Paine.

Another sweet valley on the backside at Torres del Paine.

Being ridiculous in a field.

Not a bad view from inside the tent. I woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of glaciers calving.

Not a bad view from inside the tent. I woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of glaciers calving.

I think it’s safe to say this is probably the stupidest place I’ve ever slept.

Cerro Castillo is a beast, The Great Beauty.