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Hiking the Huemul Circuit

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Editors Note: The following article is from Issue 17. Subscribe to read the entire issue here.
 
By Stephanie Stefanski
 
 
In the small town of El Chalten, Argentina, most backpackers strap on their packs and take the main road north toward the iconic Mount Fitz Roy in Los Glaciares National Park. But heading out of town in the other direction, past the National Parks Service (APN) ranger station, there is an inconspicuous - but just as captivating - trail that also heads to the mountains. Spanning 40 miles (64 km), the Huemul Circuit takes adventurers through lush meadows, stark glacial terrain, past the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, and to Lake Viedma with a view of the terminus of the Viedma Glacier.
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Chilean government lets bill to protect glaciers fall

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Photo: Jackman ChiuPhoto: Jackman Chiu
 
 
By Patricio Segura
Translation by Justin Mueller
 
“About this project and the amendment that would be declared inadmissible if it does not have the support of the executive, we as the environment ministry are not going to support the project nor the amendment that came from the previous government.”
 
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Athletes with commitment

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Photo: Paulo UrrutiaPhoto: Paulo Urrutia

 
Editors Note: The following article is from Issue 17.
 
By Jens Benöhr, Patrick Lynch and Paulo Urrutia
  
More and more often, countless people every day leave the vortex of the cities to appreciate and enjoy nature in all its splendor. On every mountain and valley, and every river and lake, it’s common today to find a growing number of people who practice outdoor sports, perhaps their way of understanding a little more this “pale blue dot,” as the astronomer Carl Sagan once called the planet we inhabit.
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New “Friends of the Parks” organization to aid Patagonian parks

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By Zoe Baillargeon
 
The new Amigos de los Parques de la Patagonia (Friends of the Patagonia Parks) organization celebrated its launch last Thursday with a packed event at the Museum of Visual Arts in Santiago.
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Torres del Paine receives special funding for improvements

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Torres del Paine Legacy Fund volunteers hard at work on a new trail. Photo: Eric LeeTorres del Paine Legacy Fund volunteers hard at work on a new trail. Photo: Eric Lee
 
 
By Zoe Baillargeon
 
Trekkers on the Macizo Paine Circuit will soon be seeing some new upgrades to the trail.
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Issue 17 - In the Footsteps of the Puma

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The puma is the apex predator - the king - of Patagonian wilderness. Still, overgrazing and hunting nearly wiped out this majestic feline from most of its native habitat across the region. Now, over the past three decades, like the mountain lions of North America, this once threatened species is making a comeback. Jim Williams, author of a new book on pumas and wildlife program manager for Montana, writes about Conservación Patagonica and their work researching and conserving pumas in Patagonia National Park in Chile and in an interview with Patagon Journal also discusses lessons learnt and the challenges ahead in the effort to protect this species.

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Former Senator Antonio Horvath: A champion for Patagonia (1950-2018)

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Henderson Island and the problem with plastics

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Greenpeace calls attention to the Patagonian seas

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