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Matt Van Biene: Chalten Portraits
Benjamin Erdmann: In climbing, the tribe is small, and we often hear of future friends before meeting them. That was the case for Ben and myself; phrases like "psyche bomb" and "contagious stoke" were used when describing him, and all are true. We first met in his hostel in Chalten, when he had just returned from climbing Cerro Torre; he almost seemed more interested in the crystals he had found, carried up and "charged" on the summit than in the climb itself. A mystic and a gentleman, Ben is sure to return south after another season of farming in Alaska.
[Photo] Matt Van Biene
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