Instagram Contest - Photos of the Week

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Patagon Journal invites you to participate in a special Instagram-only contest. Show us your best images of mountains and mountaln life. These photos could be simple portraits of mountains, or skiing, climbing, trekking, and other activities in and around mountains. The images can be from Patagonia or anywhere else on the planet.
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9 Indispensable gear for Patagonia mountaineering

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Editors Note: The following is from Issue 6
 
By Tomás Moggia 
 
A wild, beautiful and remote corner of the planet, given Patagonia’s unique and oft extreme climate, mountaineering here requires knowing how to constantly adapt to a changing environment.  Experts and mountaineers agree that the most essential things one needs here are the right mental preparation, maturity and perserverance in adverse situations, and a united, committed team.
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Climb the volcanoes of southern Chile

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Life in southern Chile is defined by the close relationship it has with the natural landscapes of the region. Volcanoes and glaciers dominate the land here, shaping the geology and making a profound impact on local culture.
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Infographic: 5 Giants of Patagonia

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Some defend the magnitude of Patagonian climbing by arguing that despite only reaching 4,000 meters, Patagonia offers walls with slopes that leave nothing to envy the Himalayas, or that the "alpine" starts at sea level, where numerous glaciers shed their ice.
 
If there is anything that the Patagonia teaches us it is that the experience a mountain offers a climber cannot be measured in meters. It is something that would require a far more complex metric that, if it did exist, would be absolutely meaningless.
 
This is not to say that the great mountains do not offer a particular attraction with their size and promise of limitless horizons. It means that other smaller peaks, often hidden, offer huge challenges that can mark a before and after in one’s life.
 
Here we will talk of the giants that have attracted the traveler’s attention the most: Mount San Valentín, which dominates the horizons of Aysen; San Lorenzo, which dizzily rises between forest and prairie; El Chalten -or Fitz Roy -a mythical rock monolith that has beckoned climbers from around the world. Or Paine Grande, alone in its height but contemplated year after year by thousands of travelers, and finally, Mount Sarmiento, the forgotten king in Tierra del Fuego.
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Legendary kayaker Josh Lowry dies

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(Editor’s note: Josh Lowry was well-known not just in Futaleufu, where he was owner and lead guide of the outfitter Futaleufu Explore, but in the global paddling community. Credited with first descents on the Baker and Pascua rivers in Chilean Patagonia, according to the bio on his website over the past three decades he had explored more than 90 rivers in Chile. Tyler Williams of Funhog Press contributes this obituary).
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