What’s happening with the Patagonia Without Dams campaign in Aysen

By Peter Hartmann
Translation by Benjamin Waters
As you may remember, HidroAysén, owned by ENEL and Colbún, has filed an appeal to the environmental tribunal against the ministerial committee's decision in June 2014 to block their project.  Last May, legal representatives from the company, the government and the Council for the Defense of Patagonia presented their arguments to the court. Its believed that the environmental tribunal in Santiago, where the case is being heard, could take up to a year to decide. After that, the most likely outcome is that whichever party loses it will appeal before the Supreme Court.

Alert in Aysen over salmon farming expansion

By Patricio Segura
Concern is building in the Aysen region, and particularly in the town of Caleta Tortel, by what appears to be a new offensive from the salmon industry to expand its concessions in this region's pristine Patagonian fjords and channels. After the last session of the Regional Commission for the Use of the Seaboard (CRUBC) on April 30, where the discussion on the possible relocation of aquaculture concessions in the Aysen coast began, concern was raised anew over the environmental and social impact the industry has already had where it has operated.

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:

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.
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