The Last Hope
By Francisco Campos-López and Kyoko Ruch
Última Esperanza translates literally to “last hope” in English. It is the name of a province in the Magallanes Region, located at the southern end of the vast, magnificent and pristine Chilean Patagonia, recently named as "Top Destination to Visit" by Conde Nast Traveler Spain. The capital and largest city in the region, Puerto Natales, is a beautiful southern Chilean town -- an isolated and obligatory stop for tourists traveling to the Torres del Paine National Park. Voted the Eighth Wonder of the World by VirtualTourist, this site is one of Chile’s greatest points of pride and the reason that Puerto Natales is globally recognized.
The modern day adventure samurai: Dean Potter dies
Flying raven, burning sun. Potter's partners on the summit of Fitz Roy after climbing Supercanaleta. Photo: Dean S. Potter
"The modern day adventure samurai." That's how adventure photographer Jimmy Chin once described Dean Potter, a climbing legend over the past two decades, who died on Saturday in a base jumping accident in California's Yosemite National Park. In addition to his tremendous climbing exploits, Potter was known for his daring highline walks and base jumping -- parachuting off of high mountains. In 2002, Potter became the first person to do a free solo ascent of the Supercanaleta on Cerro Fitzroy ( and just days later he completed a nearly free solo ascent of the fabled Compressor Route on Cerro Torre) in Argentine Patagonia. Read here a story he wrote about that experience published just last week in The Alpinist: http://bit.ly/1PR7tZh
Short film about migratory birds of Chiloé premieres
By Nicole Ellena
On May 9 the world celebrates International World Migratory Birds Day to build awareness about birds that migrate to places like Chile for almost six months each year. We at MVMT have just released this short film about such birds in support of the work of CECPAN Foundation in Chiloe.
Volcan Calbuco erupts
Patagon Journal's main base is in Puerto Varas, Chile, and our executive editor, Jimmy Langman, was there on a memorable April 22, 2015, to capture the amazing show that mother nature put on as nearby Volcan Calbuco erupted. Here is a selection of his images.
©Patagon Journal/Jimmy Langman
Jon Clark Memorial Scholarship Fund for Youth Paddling
Last month, Jon Clark, a leading kayaker and director of adventure programs at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in North Carolina, died in a kite boarding accident in the Bahamas. Also a resident of Futaleufu, he built his own home there and was a key figure in initiatives to save Chilean rivers, helping to establish FutaFest and NubleFest, among other efforts. Jon was also an early supporter of Patagon Journal.
Interview: Kayaker Evan Garcia and the future of the Trancura River
By Tomas Moggia
Lover of free, fast and furious rivers, Evan Garcia
is a leading American kayaker who in 2007 won the Freestyle Kayaking World Championships in Canada. Currently, the 26-year-old native of Montana is more focused on whitewater downhill kayaking and is a tireless seeker and runner of waterfalls around the world.
Cecilio Olivares Cadagan, a model Patagon
By Peter Hartmann
It has been almost a month since December 29, 2014, when he took his ride to the afterlife. After 96 years of fruitful existence, Cecilio Olivares Cadagan, the much loved and respected pioneer from the Baker River, the iconic leader of the horseback ride through the Aysen region in 2007 that helped launch an ultimately successful campaign for a Patagonia without Dams, has passed away.
Festival Nómade: celebrating ethnic music and Huilliche culture
The Chilean coastal ecosystem known as Cordillera de la Costa, situated just west of the city of Osorno in the Los Lagos region of southern Chile, hides a paradise of white sand beaches and turquoise waters together with dense, tangled Valdivian temperate rainforest that extends to the Pacific coast. It is a place rich in biodiversity, where it is still possible to find ancient alerces. As well, one can find a still thriving Huilliche indigenous culture here that has largely remained faithful to its ancestral traditions. To protect the native forest and indigenous communities, in 2000 a network of indigenous parks was created called Mapu Lahual
, which in the native Mapudungun language means “land of alerces.”
Issue 7 - The Photographic Issue
At Patagon Journal, we are thrilled to present you with our new edition, “The Photographic Issue.” About two-thirds of this edition is jam-packed with incredible photo stories, and it is without doubt our most beautiful magazine yet. In particular, four extensive photographic essays from some of the best photographers working today in Patagonia. Brian O’Keefe, co-founder of Catch Magazine, gives us stunning images of Patagonia from the perspective of fly fishing at the region’s rivers and lakes. We have a photo essay highlighting the minimalist photography of our contributing editor, Pablo Valenzuela. There is an environmental photo essay from Bridget Besaw, an award-winning photographer for several magazines in the United States. And renowned Chilean photographer Augusto Dominguez contributes a nature photo essay from the wilds of Patagonia.
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