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Expedition: Into the Altiplano Hear field dispatches from Jon Bowermaster, along with an international team of scientists, climbers and paddlers, as he searches for water in the driest region on Earth.
We were paddling in Chile in Lake Tuyajto where the elevation reached 13,000 feet (3,962 meters). The gusts of wind blew a heavy mist of water mixed with salt and borax, and we found ourselves coated head-to-toe with the white dust. In this photo you can see Wendy Madgwick's hands are white with the residue.