Fly Fishing: Patagonia's small rivers

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Editors Note: The following is from Issue 5.
 
By Rodrigo Sandoval
 
 
The Futaleufú, Baker, Petrohué, Serrano, Limay, Grande, these are rivers that stick in the memory of any fly fisherman that has ever enjoyed, or dreamt of, visiting Patagonia. Many of these rivers have also won prestige for being among the most sought-after rivers for fly fishing anywhere in the world. And it is precisely nearby many of these imposing rivers where other small and medium tributaries hide some of the very best fishing secrets in Patagonia.
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Traveling Los Lagos

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Editors Note: The following is from our special Los Lagos tourism section in Issue 5.
 
By Wayne Bernhardson
 
 
In 1979, the first time I visited the Los Lagos region, I crossed the cordillera from Argentina to find landscapes that looked like the Pacific Northwest, where I grew up. Over the ensuing decades working on travel guidebooks about Chile and Patagonia, I’ve explored almost every corner of the region, also known to English speakers as Chile’s Lake District. My trips have constantly reaffirmed for me that the densely forested slopes, snowy volcanic cones and azure lakes in Los Lagos are almost a mirror image of Washington State, Oregon and British Columbia.
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Saving Futaleufú

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Editors Note: The following is the cover story from Issue 4
 
The big river under threat: A global treasure in Chilean Patagonia faces an uncertain future.
 
By Jimmy Langman and Nancy Moore
Photos by Sebastian Alvarez
 
 
The summer February sun was shining on the crowd of international rafting and kayak enthusiasts in the Chilean Patagonia town of Futaleufú . They have come together for Futa Fest, and the event’s director, Mitch Sasser, gets their attention by talking through a bullhorn. In between explaining the day’s agenda, he makes clear the overriding purpose of the weekend festivities – protect the river. “Let the river flow!” he declares in Spanish.  These words are received with great enthusiasm from this audience, with someone yelling back “Patagonia without dams!” 
 
Coming from France, Brazil, the United States and diverse other countries, they are here for a weekend whitewater competition but are well aware that the powerful and magnetic turquoise blue Futaleufú  River – called by many the world’s best river for kayaking and rafting - has joined the ranks of the threatened. 
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Rafting and Kayak: 2014 FutaFest plans underway

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Hoards of whitewater fanatics and hundreds of spectators from more than a dozen countries will converge on the Futaleufú River in Chile for a three day competitive paddling festival this February.

By Juniper Rose
 
 
FutaFest, the biggest whitewater festival in Chile, has been gaining attention in the global whitewater community since it kicked off in 2009. As the sixth annual event approaches (Feb. 20 - 22) a new Class V kayaking competition and the festival’s increasing appeal is expected to spawn the biggest FutaFest yet.
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"The need for adventure": Interview with polar explorer Borge Ousland

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Editors Note: The following blog was originally published in November 2013. 
 
Borge Ousland is one of history’s most accomplished polar explorers. He is the first person to ski across both the North Pole and South Pole alone. His last big solo trip, in 2001, was an 82-day odyssey that saw him cross the North Pole, from Russia to Canada, walking, skiing and swimming. He told National Geographic that the trip taught him to “never give up.”
 
This month, Ousland is leading an expediton across the Northern Patagonia Ice Field. This authentic living legend also skied across the Northern Patagonia ice over 17 days in November 2009. After that previous expedition in Patagonia, Ousland spoke to Patagon Journal about the inner journey and preparation involved with polar expeditions and global warming’s serious impact on the world’s glaciers over the past two decades. We re-publish excerpts from that interview here:  
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