The day @robjumps saw his life flash before his eyes - all because of a one dollar bet. We were driving down a long snow covered road toward one of the many ice fields outside of Patagonia’s El Calafate. On the agenda for the day - charter a boat and document the many ice bergs that had calved off from the glacier into Lago Argentina. Along the way, Rob spots a mountain ridge dusted with fresh snow and he excitedly claims, “I bet I could climb that in ten minutes.” I bet him a dollar he can’t do it. The game is on.💰 As we arrive to the base of the ridge, we realize it’s easily 400 feet high. He starts his climb with haste and I fire up the drone to document my inevitable success and newly acquired dollar. To his credit, he makes it to the top after 30 grueling minutes of scaling snow covered rocks and rubble and sends me a selfie from the top - on his back hanging just over the sheer drop of the massive cliff face. Rob closes his eyes and embraces the cool wind whipping about and sun warming his cheeks. He hears a strange noise as something swoops past the cliff and opens his eyes to see the largest flying bird in the world, the Andean Condor, swooping down at him. 🦅
Rob screams loudly enough for me to hear on the ground, and this massive bird cuts away at the last second. I fire up the drone a second time to investigate and see Rob sprinting down the mountainside as several of these beasts circle and dive from overhead - each with roughly a ten foot wing span and massive talons. Andean Condors been known occasionally hunt by tossing full sized goats from cliffs. Rob may not have made it up in less than ten minutes - but he certainly made it down. I still took his dollar.