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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10 tips for ecotourists and backpackers

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1) TRAVEL LIGHT! 
 
Feeling free is one of the most sought after sensations on any journey. Carrying minimal luggage gives us better mobility and less worries.
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Punta Tombo Nature Reserve

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"If you encounter a penguin on the road, who has the right of way?" asks the young park ranger. We were speechless before a question like that. Still, as we were in a nature reserve, there should be an obvious answer. But apparently not.  In a typical Buenos Aires accent (and with natural confidence) a young girl standing next to me dares to respond: “The penguin.” I instinctively reproduce in my mind a hypothetical “riiiiigghhhht, my little weasel,” like Profesor Salomon from the Chilean children’s TV show. But his exclamation never comes. Only the wind. The lone Argentine steppe wind coming from the ocean.
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New documentary: Livestock guardian dogs of Patagonia

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Cochrane’s own filmmaker Jimmy Valdés Baigorria just finished a new 22-minute documentary on livestock guardian dogs, featuring Conservacion Patagonica’s innovative program. Watch the video! With spectacular footage of the future Patagonia National Park’s wildlife and landscapes, the piece interviews numerous ranchers and small producers in the region who have adopted the use of livestock guardian dogs.
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