A Patagonia Proposal: For The Love Of Adventure
Posted on February 10 2017
"We slowly sought more together; backpacking farther, crossing frozen rivers, summiting awesome peaks, just enjoying every drop of sweat and shiver as we filled up on the world around us. With so many beautiful sights already experienced, I could only propose at the end of the world."
There are a couple things that we long for in life. Love, adventure, community, and protecting our Earth. We are extremely fortunate to be surrounded by people who inspire us each and every day to chase after these needs with full force. And one of these amazing humans is our friend, Alex Chujo.
I met Alex 21 years ago, he one of the first friends I made during college orientation as a matter of fact. Over the next few years, our naive but adventurous personalities took us exploring the city of Los Angeles by bus, to the roof tops of university buildings, on a road trip up the California coast, and to rock concerts. He managed to pass the chemistry classes that I couldn't, and went on to become a licensed Physical Therapist in Palm Desert, CA. He is an avid rock climber, backpacker, explorer and most definitely an amazing friend.
Last year, Alex took his partner in crime, and now in life, to Patagonia for an epic proposal. It is so sweet and exciting we had to share! Hopefully it will drive you to get out there to explore and to love.
CR: How did you two meet?
Alex: Leticia and I were 2 of 40 physical therapy graduate students, and like many, already strapped into long term question marks. Course study was 3.5 yrs until completion. We waited until the very last night of the very last day.
CR: Tell us three things you love about Leticia.
Alex: The little random things about a person will make you float. The freckles on her shoulder, her glow under candlelight and camp-light,and her enthusiasm for adventure.
CR: Why Patagonia for the proposal?
Alex: We slowly sought more together; backpacking farther, crossing frozen rivers, summiting awesome peaks, just enjoying every drop of sweat and
shiver as we filled up on the world around us. With so many beautiful sights already experienced, I could only propose at the end of the world.
CR: How did the proposal happen? Any funny or memorable stories about the trip you can share?
Alex: Patagonia is amazingly unpredictable. After our long flight, the shuttle van driver was extremely reluctant to let us off to begin our hike in El Chalten.
Horizontal downpour with complete white-out conditions where 10,000ft peaks supposedly stood merely a few miles away. We decided to stop at
a cozy neighborhood cafe to ease the driver's concern. 30min later, packs and rain jackets were on.
As we set up camp, conditions remained unchanged. The Fitzroy skyline was nowhere to be seen. Resonating more as a guided group
hiked out past our campsite in utter disappointment.
Weather is always a roll of the dice, especially if you continue to choose the less expensive shoulder seasons. I woke up at 4am, unzipped the tent to nature's call, and right before me was Cerro Fitzroy, magnificently displayed in moonlight.
From Lety I get a sleepy smile and an "I told you so" once again. We suit up and about half-way, I ditch the woman I'm to propose to. Find the spot, set the camera and I catch a magical moment.
CR: What other trips have you embarked on together?
Alex: We recently returned from a trip to Peru and the Galapagos Islands (which is absolutely doable without spending a fortune). Any adventure within a 3-day weekend radius from our home is game!
CR: Where’s your next adventure together?
Alex: We are expecting in July, so maybe the Kalalau Trail in Kauai before then.
CR: Who’s on your current music playlist?
Alex: Kings of Leon, U2, Black Keys, old nostalgic hip hop, punk, and alternative
CR: What’s been your favorite place to climb/camp/backpack?
Alex: Home is Joshua Tree, but the crowds are growing! Backcountry Sierra Nevada and Southern Utah.
CR: Who has been the most influential to your adventurousness?
Alex: Without Lety I would never have imagined going to all the places we've been. After all, "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable." ~Helen Keller