■BD athlete Matt Segal packing for Patagonia

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Black Diamond athlete Matt Segal is currently down in Argentine Patagonia, waiting out day after day of jingus weather, in the hopes of scoring one good window in which to make an ascent in the Cerro Torre or Fitzroy massifs.

Here is an email Segal sent us from El Chalten, as well as a video of his last-minute preparations to get packed and out the door to catch his flight down to South America.

From: Matt Segal
Subject: Re: in El Chalten
Date: January 20, 2010 7:15:52 AM MST

About a month ago my friend Jason Kruk asked if I wanted to head south to Patagonia for a few weeks to join him and Jon Gleason since their third partner had bailed. Two days later I had my ticket… Why not? It would be my first real trip to the mountains (besides a few short missions in North America) but it seemed like a perfect opportunity, Jason is an aspiring mountain guide and Jon used to be on Yosemite Search and Rescue. I’d be the gumby of the team… Sweet!

We arrived in El Chalten about a week ago and the weather has been absolutely horrible in the mountains. We hiked a bunch of food and gear up to the glacier so we’d be ready when the weather splits but unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. Luckily there is decent bouldering, sport climbing and “mucho cervezas” to keep us sane in town.

Here is a short video on packing for a big trip that my friend John Dickey helped me film… Stay tuned for more updates.

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