Issue 16 - Patagonian Ice Fields

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Patagonia still includes areas that are very much a last frontier for explorers, and none more than the several hundred glaciers that encompass the vast Patagonian Ice Fields. In this edition, we include three stories about three generations of explorers of the Patagonian ice. Andres Pinto, a young mountain climber from Chile, writes about his recent odyssey battling the unforgiving conditions of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Pablo Besser contributes an essay about his experience completing the first longitudinal crossing of the southern ice fields in 1999. And we profile Cedomir Marangunic, who explored the ice fields together with none other than the legendary British mountaineer Eric Shipton in the early 1960s.

Issue 16 also includes an interview with glaciologist Gino Casassa about climate change and the fast-melting glaciers of the Patagonian Ice Fields. We take a look at Bruce Chatwin and his classic book In Patagonia, on the 40th anniversary of its publication. Cristobal Perez examines whether Chile is truly prepared to protect its expanding national park system. Brazilian photographer João Paulo Barbosa contributes a wonderful photography essay featuring images from Patagonia, the Himalayas and more. The veteran travel writer Wayne Bernhardson gives tips on how to go to one of South America’s top ecotourism destinations, Peninsula Valdes, and talented photographer Kevin Zaouali provides spectacular images of what you can see there. Jack Miller interviews Yvon Chouinard in his essay on the evolving ethics of catch and release fly fishing. And there is still much more about travel, nature, the environment, and outdoor sports in Patagonia and the world’s last wild places.

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