Patagonian Expedition Race, Chile
When: February 14 to 22
“The last wild race” may seem a bold claim, but if any event can live up to it, it’s the Patagonian Expedition Race (see it featured in our Ultimate Adventure Bucket List). Deemed by many as the pinnacle of adventure racing, this ten-day endurance competition attracts as many as 20 coed four-person teams from more than a dozen countries. Most years, fewer than half finish, but in many ways, winning is irrelevant. In fact, there’s no prize money—only bragging rights.
Racers sea kayak, mountain bike, trek, and orienteer with only maps and compasses through some of the wildest reaches of Chilean Patagonia (see our Chile guide). They travel for days without seeing other teams through spectacularly diverse landscapes, from the tempestuous waters off Cape Horn to peat bogs, ancient petrified-wood forests, and the 11,000-foot peaks of the Cordillera Darwin.
Though the clock is always ticking and teams endure extreme cold and sleep deprivation, participants emerge from the wilderness with tales of life-changing experiences, such as the sight of a gargantuan humpback whale breaching right next to a kayak or the Zen-like feeling of watching dawn light the eastern horizon, casting an otherworldly glow over a landscape few people have seen.
Get Planning: Race fees are about $1,200-$1,600 per team; www.patagonianexpeditionrace.com
Photograph by Tony Hoare, Patagonian Expedition Race
Forced Perspectives, a gallery on Flickr.
Forced perspective is a popular technique that manipulates our visual perception through the use of scaled objects shot from creative vantage points. It creates an optical illusion that makes people or objects appear larger, smaller, closer, or farther away.
Here we have gathered a collection of unique and, at times, comical renditions of forced perspective photography. Have you ever used this technique in your own photography? Please share them as comments in the gallery.
We’re joining forces with our long-time buds Stumptown Coffee to create a special edition affogato that we’re giving away for FREE tomorrow, Friday, March 7th, from 1:00-3:00PM on a first-come, first-served basis—while supplies last—exclusively at Stumptown’s Greenwich Village “Brew Bar” on the corner of West 8th Street and MacDougal Street in NYC.
The collaborative affogato features Stumptown’s Nitro Cold Brew on draught (only available in Stumptown cafes) poured over Shake Shack’s fresh-made vanilla frozen custard and finished with a dusting of coffee flake salt from Jacobsen Salt Co.
The Shake Shack + Stumptown affogato will be served in a sleek Shack-branded Govino cup—yours to keep!