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Climbing: petition over Cerro Torre controversy

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In 1952, after making the first ascent of Cerro Fitz Roy, Frenchman Lionel Terray described the nearby Cerro Torre as “an impossible mountain,” a phrase that described well the ice-capped, mile-high granite needle. In early 1968 an Anglo-Argentine team composed of Martin Boysen, Mick Burke, Pete Crew, Jose Luis Fonrouge and Dougal Haston attempted the southeast ridge of Cerro Torre, managing to climb 450 meters above the Col of Patience without placing any bolts. In December of 1970 Italians Ezio Alimonta, Carlo Claus and Cesare Maestri climbed to within 60 meters of the summit, turning around while still on vertical ground, having placed upwards of 300 bolts with the help of a gas-powered air compressor. Courtesy of the use of the compressor, the “impossible mountain” was no more. In January of 1979 Americans Jim Bridwell and Steve Brewer completed Alimonta, Claus and Maestri’s near miss, finishing the so-called Compressor Route. In January of 2012 American Hayden Kennedy and Canadian Jason Kruk climbed the southeast ridge without using any of Maestri’s bolts for protection and during the descent chopped 120 of his bolts.
 

Before and after dams: What they will never know

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Editor's note: Recently, we received these photos from Carolina Prato, a photographer from Valparaiso. We were taken aback by the astounding change that has taken place at Auco Valley, located in Chile's southern Maule region, and asked Carolina to share with us her reflections about these images. 
 
"A few days ago, I was talking with friends about the beauty of Chile's valleys and the unique variety of its richness in terms of forest species, colors, textures. And also, how beautiful it is to walk through these places, and that I have been waiting for my daughter to grow up so we could start taking long walks in the forests together.
 

South for the summer at Malito lodge

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In the northern region of Chilean Patagonia, the fishing this year is excellent. Right now, I am with Tres Piedras Fly Fishing Outfitters in Palena at the Malito lodge.
 

Where to find the magazine

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Patagon Journal will be distributed in Chile, Argentina, North America and Europe by subscription, via iPad and other digital platforms, and selected newsstands, bookstores, specialty outdoors and fishing stores, airports, hotels, tour operators, and travel and outdoors fairs, among other places. 
 
In Chile, the first issue of Patagon Journal is already on sale at newsstands in Santiago (centro, Providencia, Las Condes), Viña del Mar, Valparaiso, Curico, Chillan, Concepcion, Temuco, Villarica, Pucon, Valdivia, Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas, Frutillar, Castro, Ancud, Coyhaique, Punta Arenas and at the following outlets: 
 
Santiago
 
Andesgear – Alto Las Condes
Av. Pdte Kennedy 9001 - loc.3080 - 3º nivel
Las Condes
(02) 213 1360
 
Andesgear – MallSport
MallSport loc 217, Av Las Condes 13451
Las Condes
(02) 437 1505
 
Andesgear – El Bosque
Helvecia 210
Las Condes
(02) 245 7076
 
Patagonia - El Golf
 

Chile en llamas

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Foto: Incendio en Torres del Paine, por Arturo Storaker
 
El incendio en el Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, con ya 13 mil hectáreas de bosque nativo y estepa arrasadas, nos alerta sobre la falta de preocupación que tenemos como país por nuestro hermoso y frágil territorio, donde el amor por la naturaleza nos embarga sólo cuando lo vemos amenazado o en catástrofes como ésta.  Nos movilizamos cuando sentimos en la piel la posibilidad de perderlo o, como en el caso del extremo austral, cuando el horror llega hasta nuestro cómodo living y no nos queda más que pedir que un tercero real o ficticio nos ayude, llámese éste divinidad, lluvia o colaboración internacional.
 

Torres del Paine on fire (update)

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Update, 1/02/2012 - Unlike the above photo shot by Francisco Negroni during better times, the smoke has not yet cleared in Torres del Paine National Park. But government officials say the fire begun last Tuesday evening has been contained. The latest official figures show 12,785 hectares, more than 31.000 acres, has been affected by the fire. Though this is just a small part of the 240,000-hectares that encompass Torres del Paine, the area in question is unfortunately some of the most touristic areas of the park, along the famed backpacker trail known as the "W," and an ecosystem which contained the most diversity of plants in the park.

 

Like hiding King Kong in a closet

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With its now habitual display of resources, HidroAysén has launched a new marketing campaign to convince us that the high voltage transmission line is practically invisible and will have no impacts nor effects. In this publicity phase, they will continue the usual marketing strategy in which the truth is secondary. Once again they resort to one-sided rhetoric, photographic tricks, and their "open houses."
 
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