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I’ve Made it to the Edge of the World

Daily Photo – I’ve Made it to the Edge of the World

This was shot in the final hours of daylight, near the southern tip of Argentina and the edge of Chile, just a glacier’s throw from Antarctica.

In the morning, we woke up at 4:30 AM in -7 degree cold. I hardly slept 30 minutes the whole night. I was in a tiny 2-man tent with Yuri. The noxious fumes of our tiny prison reminded me, if you will, of the inside of a tauntaun that had spent its life consuming cognac and cigarettes. Furthermore, his snore had the sonorous bass and carrying power of a humpback whale with none of the beauty.

I started on one edge of these rugged peaks and moved around to this side, to get the view from the glacial lake. The spiked mountains there are Cerro Torre, and I was very lucky to see them without cloud cover. I understand they are covered up 90% of the time, so to have crystal clear air was fortunate. The glacier there, which presents on the right but really goes back behind many more mountains, is called “glacier grande”.

I did a lot of other things this day too, including a 45-minute 1500-foot ascent up an icy trail that was not really a trail at all. Dima and Vulva (Vulva is one of the other Russian gentleman who joined us on the trip — it’s hard to pronounce with a strange V-W sound, but he seemed to respond when I called him “Vulva”) went up the mountain with me in the pitch black, using only headlamps. I’ll have more on that story later because it was pretty sketchy. But, alas, we were able to see Fitz Roy as the sun turned the tips pink. After that, we began the long additional 10km hike that brought us to this location. I stayed here watching icebergs float by until the last morsels of dusk remained.

Last, I hope you like the new theme – it should come online sometime today. There are still minor little probs — the comments will get better, etc… but we will ease into it. The new design was done by one of the top graphic designers in the world – a Frenchman named Fabian Barral. He used images from my passport to create the look and feel. I think it’s great — let’s hope you do too! :)

I've Made it to the End of the World Patagonia Wilderness Photo

I’ve Made it to the Edge of the World

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  • ISO100
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  • http://danielhellerman.com Daniel Hellerman

    I cant wait to see the new theme, and the shot is brilliant!

  • http://www.joeysphotography.co.za joey

    It’s almost as if I can feel the cold…Stunning

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hans-Mast/698198325 Hans Mast

    Absolutely stunning!

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Stuck In Customs

    THanks Dan, Joey, and Hans! Boy… it WAS cold!

  • http://flickr.com/photos/zlamperti Zim

    Oh my God! Is beautiful!
    I’m glad you visited my country :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chinmoy-Mandal/594230063 Chinmoy Mandal

    Great photo once again… Mighty Mountains are truly inspiring…… Liked your new theme also… Waiting for more information on Yuri…. Have a safe trip.

  • Indibang

    Every thing is blue in Antartica.

  • http://blogtomc.blogspot.com TomC

    Wow just stunning

  • http://www.theflowerauthority.com Chris

    Amazing…and curious? What would the largest size one could print this? I have a friend who owns a large format printer (prints on cloth in high detai/full color) and was thinking this would be fantastic on an oversized light-box on my wall?

  • Tanja Helms

    I think Yuri was good for you afterall…his noxious fumes cleared the sky for your wonderful photo. I just hope he doesn’t know about your website. And Vulva, not a good name for a man: in medical terms it refers the external female genitalia! Never, never, let him see your web-site!!!

  • http://www.mdsimages.blogspot.com Michael S.

    HAHAHA, I was wondering that same about if Yuri knew about the site…..all good fun though. LOve the new layout (I’m quite jealous actually) and FANTASTIC image :)

  • Deb

    A most amazing photo! You are truly dedicated to your art to go to these lengths to capture the beauty of the world. I appreciate you sharing with us less courageous souls for we would never see these sights without you. THANK YOU!!! and the new look here is really good! You picked the right person to do it-obviously! Have a GREAT trip and be safe!!!

  • Gail in Montana

    Your trek through the Agentine rugged country was sure worth it, Trey!!!! So glad you had a clear view of this beautiful place. It is a stunning picture, vibrant colors, beautiful mountains reflected so nicely in the ice cold water, and a grande glacier, too. WOW!!!! Breathtaking. Thanks for sharing your trip with us. You make us feel like we are there right beside you, even in the tent, lol. Be safe!!!! :-) (what happened to facebook?) I want one of those icons, lol.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmartin78/ Dale Martin

    Beautiful Trey, just beautiful!!

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Stuck In Customs

    Thanks all! :)

    The new look is up – and the comment “look” will be fixed this week. I have a nice Pakistani named Farrukh working on it — found him on odesk.com ! :)

    Tanja – You can print a wall-sized print… 6 to 7 feet across is no problem. I upload everything to Flickr in max resolution. You can click on the photo, go to Flickr, and then click on ALL SIZES to see the biggest size.

    And everyone about Yuri – yes he knows about the site for sure! Yuri is actually a really nice guy, just not that great of a roommate…

    I will have a pic of Yuri TOMORROW. ! :)

  • Trevor Driscoll

    Love the new redesign definitely the best yet

  • http://www.catescott.com Cate

    Really digging the new look – great idea to use the passport – Also the photo is fantastic. The piece of ice in the foreground has so much detail!. I’ve enjoyed reading about and seeing the progression of your trip. It was really warm in Austin yesterday but we don’t have glaciers so you win :)

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Stuck In Customs

    Cool – thanks Cat and Trevor –

    Sorry the comments are messed up – they are getting fixed now

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brooke-Barber/636465356 Brooke Barber

    Wow. Stunning Trey.

    I need to go back and read some history (if you have it posted) as to why you are traveling in Argentina with a band of Russians and are rooming with a Yeti.

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Stuck In Customs

    Hey check out what this guy did with the photo… and look at HIS cool background behind it: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimbanana/3411470841/?addedcomment=1#comment72157616294131881

  • http://marlandphotos.com Marland Miller

    I loved the photo! No snow here in Bangladesh.

  • http://www.flickr.com/jimbanana jimbanana

    hey, thanks for posting this here trey! glad you liked it:) and my wallpaper!:D

  • http://www.nicoleisbetter.com nicoleantoinette

    Wow- first time reader here and I’m shocked at the beauty of that photo. Just.. wow.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Uchytil/501351240 Richard Uchytil

    Another awesome photo! Man, what a great life you have to be able to visit places like this and share them with the rest of us. And love the new site! Excellent job!

  • Will

    Amazing shot man. I think that might be the spot where Mance Rayder broke through.

  • casusan

    Wow! Love the new site – it’s fantastic Trey – and of course the photo is the best ever! Way to go!

  • Facebook User

    The end of the world is very blue, isn’t it! Makes me feel cold just looking at it.

  • Adam

    You’ve done it once again Trey! Amazing photo. I can just feel the cold air swirling around.

    -Adam

  • Bananabombo

    Extreme nice picture! The grey, cloudy sky underlines the coldness, I think.
    Hearing Eddie Vedder, the music fits perfectly to this image ;).

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Stuck In Customs

    Thanks – good comments… I like to listen to music too while I do these shots… I think it fits just about any kind of music, which is kinda strange too! :)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/28467946@N04/ Bananabombo

    HAHAHA! Thought the same after I wrote my comment, because than I heard electric music and it fits although :D!

  • Simple Design

    Trey .. the old design was great. I may be in the minority, but the new header is a little too busy and the colors are dull. Doesn’t go well with your pictures. Can we go back to the old one? :)

  • Dragon

    Wow! Great photo!

  • http://www.flickr.com/jasonandanna jasonandanna

    Trey.. did you take the gigapan along? Just curious if you are taking any shots with it.

    jason

  • http://www.farrukhweb.com Farrukh

    Hello, This is Farrukh, i am currently working on solving minor issues. i think “Gail in Montana” said (what happened to FaceBook). Please tell me if Facebook is working or not. I cannot test it for facebook right now. If anybody get to see a bug in this site please report it. I will be thankful.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Farrukh-Saeed/694441850 Farrukh Saeed

    i think facebook is working :)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmartin78/ Dale Martin

    Hey Trey, Love the new look of the site by the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amanda-Gahan/1423730887 Amanda Gahan

    how beautiful, wow, never seen nowt lyk that b4 wow

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Stuck In Customs

    Simple Design — thanks for the comment. I like the new theme a lot better – the old one is still good, but I find this one better on a lot of levels… sorry… I can’t keep everyone happy! Maybe one day we can have customizable themes for readers. That would be cool.

    Jason – I did bring the gigapan – I have not had a chance to put together the shots yet though

    Dale and Amanda – thank you! :)

  • http://www.edsonandre.com Ed

    This is too amazing to not put as my wallpaper. The redesign is also amazing. You might want to set some more contrast between the background and the texts on the side bar specially the links.

  • http://www.pmwfotos.blogspot.com p.m.w

    Nice concept Trey. I love the new design Fabian.

    I recognized your designer through your other link in the ~
    “Things that Inspire you” page…that’s where I first saw you post his work.

    I just wish it would work on my Blackberry Bold, it does work but aligns differently. That’s ok, I wait until I get to a MAC to view the large size to see all the painted pixels.

    Thank you for sharing everyday, love this blue and the waters are so calm…that’s what I love about getting out into the wilderness. Like I said before that’s one bad ass hike. No shit. Very cool, can’t wait to see more hiking fotos. An outdoor gear company should sponsor all your hiking equiptment…hehe :)

    Hiking is good for the mind, body and soul.

  • Jmeg

    Wow this is amazing!!! You did a wonderful job taking this photo!

  • http://orchidsdailyphoto.blogspot.com Michelle

    I agree with the second comment – your photo makes me FEEL cold. It’s stunning, as always.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gail-Moshier/513775196 Gail Moshier

    Farrukh, yes, facebook is working again. Thanks for fixing it, great job!!!! Gail in Montana

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Stuck In Customs

    PMW – thanks — yes this site is not so good for the blackberry!

    Jmeg – thank you :)

    Michelle – yes I still feel cold too – many days later!

  • http://Yahoo.com Bob the builder

    You boldly go where no man has gone before! (not many anyway)
    Beautiful picture and the new format is cool,too! Thanks!!

  • http://mako.fishup.ru Dima

    Oh man, I will tell to Vova tomorrow now did you call him)))

    BTW I like this photo most of all.

  • Jeff

    Trey you are amazing to share and make us a part of your travels. We are lucky to enjoy all the beautiful pictures as well… you do have a great way of making it all look simply Wonderful and not as scary as it may be. I am still freezing thinking of the -7 and then Yuri… well at least it is almost over for u and he as bunk mates… aren’t u the lucky one u don’t have bunks and have him on top! HA HA HA HA HA! I really am glad you chose such a Talented Frenchman to do your site over! Tres Magnifique! Tres Faublous!

    Stay safe and hope u get better sleep! Safe Travels look forward to the pics and the stories! Your cancer friend in rainy CALI.

  • Erik Granstrom

    These photos are great! I’m writing a novel partly set in a semi-arctic, fictious environment with a living glacier and use your work as an inspiration. I’ve earlier also used scenery from Norway, the part called Sognefjord. Anybody looking for great scenery might do a search on that name or look at this sample: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sognefjord.jpg. You can tell that the Norwegian mountains are older than the ones on Patagonia but just as majestic. Also you may enjoy comparing with the cover of my latest book in the same setting: http://drommarnasberg.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/svavelvinter_72dpi1.jpg

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Frank-White/1711838876 Frank White

    HDR images minimize the noise and bring out the detail in color. To start shooting HDR photos your subject or scene has to be completely still, use a tripod. Shoot your scene in the RAW format. Now take many of the same pictures so they are identical don’t move a inch and the subject can’t move either. This is very important. Now you want to capture the entire tonal range of the image and get a sequence of frames. Just start shooting the same thing in different exposures over exposed and under exposed. This is just the first step now you will not need your camera anymore. The second step will be to open your photos in photoshop and stack them on top of each-other. This will bring out all the shadows and highlights in the image. to learn more check out this web site
    http://www.str8photography.com/str8photography/Process_and_Merge_HDR_in_Adobe_Phtoshop.html

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