Issue 6 – The Giants of Patagonia

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Father Alberto de Agostini, the Salesian priest who during the first half of the 19th century wrote 22 books about his explorations in the Patagonian Andes, put it most eloquently when describing this region’s mountains: “Hundreds of peaks still sleep a deep sleep without any human ever penetrating their silent kingdom, an exclusive domain of winds and storms. And nevertheless they are the most beautiful mountains of the world.” 
The mountains of Patagonia are “giants” not just for their sheer size. There is that unparalleled beauty, as Agostini so rightly states. They may not be the highest peaks on the planet, but the extreme conditions and vertical walls found at this southernmost end of the planet make their summits among the world’s most difficult to scale.  And then there is the sheer expanse of the Andes, the longest mountain range on Earth. This issue of Patagon Journal is dedicated to the magnificent Patagonian mountains, and the bold climbers and mountaineers that seek out their rewards.
In Issue 6, contributing editor Camilo Rada, acclaimed author Gregory Crouch. and other veteran climbers in the region tell us about Patagonia's giants. We also feature, among other topics, the stunning, fine art photography of Argentina’s Celine Frers; the history behind Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid in Patagonia; and an exclusive interview with Chilean Senator Antonio Horvath, who not only is the main man behind the building of the Carretera Austral, the world’s most beautiful road, but a true hero for Patagonia’s and Chile’s environment. 

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-- Jimmy Langman, Executive Editor