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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. PotterFlying 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

 

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

 
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