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Jim Donini’s Patagonia Adventures {Part 1}

Mar. 7th 2012

Jim Donini’s climbing and exploration resume is impressive with first ascents from Patagonia to Alaska. Among climbers, he is also known for his culinary brilliance and his ability to capture a campfire audience. Donini let us in on a glimpse of his experience in Patagonia this winter, proving once again that his spirit for adventure is alive and well.

Adventure, it has been famously said, begins only when things start to go wrong and “wrong” is never a part of someone’s itinerary when they set off. Real adventure, then, is rarely planned but must be fully embraced if a reasonable outcome is desired. Throw in the solo aspect and the stage is set for a few fun filled days traversing some of the least visited terra firma on our crowded planet.

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SCARPA Gecko Guide field review by Jim Donini

Apr. 28th 2011

Jim Donini (via Wikipedia) – (born 1943, Philadelphia, PA) is an American rock climber and alpinist, noted for a long history of cutting-edge climbs in Alaska and Patagonia. He was president of the American Alpine Club from 2006 to 2009, and a 1999 recipient of the AAC’s Robert and Miriam Underhill Award.

“I’ve done a lot of trekking into remote, nearly inaccessible, places – make that about 50 years’ worth. Scree, glacial moraines, temperate rain forest, sandy desert washes, river crossings and even the occasional maintained trail or two. Your pack is important and so is your clothing but nothing is the game changer your footwear can be – for better or worse.

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