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Issue 10 - Special Tribute to Douglas Tompkins

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For this edition of Patagon Journal, the sad news in December that a kayak accident took the life of conservationist Douglas Tompkins prompted a necessary change in our plans. Tompkins has saved more of Patagonia’s wild places than anyone; he is perhaps the greatest wildlands philanthropist the world has ever seen. 

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Subscribe: Special packs for the holidays

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Douglas Tompkins: Passion for Nature (1943-2015)

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Called by the indigenous Tehuelche “El Chelenko,” Lago General Carrera in the Aysen region of Chilean Patagonia, the second-largest lake in South America, is a glittering, gorgeous jewel with awesome hues of blue. Like the rest of Patagonia, it is also prone to wide swings in the weather. The winds can swirl about at tremendous speed, turning the lake into a veritable sea with leaping waves. And so it was on Tuesday, when Douglas Tompkins together with five others, including his longtime friend and partner in outdoors adventures, Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia Inc., set out to kayak the lake but were tragically overcome by Patagonian nature. 
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Call for Proposals: Climate Change in Patagonia

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Call for Proposals: Climate Change in Patagonia. Deadline: January 15th
 
Climate change is affecting Chilean and Argentine Patagonia in myriad ways.  Unprecedented drought, glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs), and declining production of krill for threatened species like whales are just a few examples of its effects on this remote, southern corner of the globe.
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Issue 9 - Adventure Travel Issue

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Presenting the Adventure Travel Issue, a special, 100-page edition we have published in part for the Adventure Travel World Summit this week in Puerto Varas, Chile.  For the cover story on the 25 best adventure trips in Chile, we were fortunate to have the help of Wayne Bernhardson, who has been writing guidebooks about Chile for Lonely Planet, then Moon, since the early 1990s, and Gabriel O’Rorke, a British journalist based out of Santiago who writes for some of the world’s leading travel magazines. We sought to identify the most extraordinary, high quality trips. Still, it’s just a small sample of the many amazing travel possibilities found along Chile’s incredibly long and diverse landscape.
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