[caption id="attachment_6604" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Photo by Jeff Cricco[/caption] While winter is ramping up here in the Northern Hemisphere, it's just winding down in the Southern Hemisphere. Skier TJ David headed south to Argentina to experience ski culture at Bariloche, Cerro Catedral, and elsewhere, plus late-night costume parties, mountain-top refugios, and bootpacking in the rain. Snow and weather conditions didn't exactly turn out as he'd planned. "Each year, each trip to this area brings a new experience," he writes. "These experiences come with lessons both new and old and new additives that cumulatively enrich my experience. My life. Retrospectives that help me grow. I only had to step inside myself to realize the equal necessity of mental endurance to physical endurance here in Patagonia. This year more than ever, the wet weather and lack of sunny days were ripe to turn the most patient into patientless. But these situations force us to go beyond what we think we re capable of. To grow into better versions of ourselves." You can read his whole report on his blog.