Showing posts with label Patagonia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Patagonia. Show all posts

Monday, August 04, 2014

Video: Cycling Through Chile

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. A cycling journey through a foreign land is one of the best ways to get truly immersed in the place that you are visiting. That holds true once again in the video below, where a couple of travels are making their way through Chile by bike. The stunning landscapes of Patagonia make for an impressive backdrop to their adventure, enticing others to follow. One of the most beautiful locations on the planet looks even better from the back of a bike.

Follow Your Way - Chile from Iść Swoją Drogą on Vimeo.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Video: Footsteps Through Patagonia

Travel deep into the Chilean and Argentinian Patagonia regions in this beautiful short film. It was shot this past spring, when he filmmaker, mourning the loss of his grandmother, traveled to the Ends of the Earth in South America, along with his mother, seeking some solace and a adventure. I'd say they found it. Truly moving images and narration.

Footsteps from Rockhouse Motion on Vimeo.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Kiwi Adventurers Plan to Ski 4 Major Ice Caps in 3 Years

A pair of twin adventurers from New Zealand are gearing up for what promises to be quite an adventure. Over the next three years, Zac and Josh Lyon plan to ski across the four largest ice caps on the planet in an effort to inspire young people back home, and around the world, to pursue their dreams and adventures.

Zac and Josh call their project the 4 Caps Expedition, and they'll launch the first phase of the adventure on August 24, when they'll attempt to ski across Greenland, east to west. From there, they hope to continue to explore the frozen areas of our planet, by also skiing to the North and South Pole, and eventually crossing ice cap in Patagonia as well.

The two young men are outdoor and adventure enthusiasts for sure. Their website says they enjoy trail running, mountain biking, climbing, caving and more. Part of their dream for the 4 Caps Expedition is to show that ordinary people can do extraordinary things if they just put their mind to it, and follow their dreams. That theory will be put to the test in August when they start their ski crossing of Greenland, which will serve as a good testing ground for even bigger challenges to come. In preparation for that journey, the boys spent some time training in Norway this past winter.

As you probably already know, I'm a big fan of people finding their own adventures in life, no matter what it might be. I also support any efforts that involve inspiring young people to get outside and get active as well, and Zac and Josh's expedition hits all of those those notes nicely. It should be fun to follow along with their progress over the next three years, and four ice caps. Good luck to them!

And thanks to reader William Stewart for sharing this story. It is much appreciated!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Video: Mountain Dreams

This beautiful video follows filmmaker/climber Ted McCrea as he recovers from frostbite that he suffered while climbing in Alaska last April. Since then, his expeditions have taken him to Patagonia, British Columbia, and beyond. The five-minute short film of his adventures features some beautiful landscapes, amazing wildlife, and fantastic mountains. Ted's "dreams" should serve as an inspiration for all of us.

dreams from tad mccrea on Vimeo.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Video: Fire and Ice in Patagonia

We all know that Patagonia is a stunning destination in terms of beauty. It also happens to be one of the top adventure travel destinations in the world as well, offering fantastic climbing, trekking, paddling and more. The video below was shot by a team of Italian mountaineers who went to Patagonia last winter to take on some of its epic peaks. The nearly 4-minute clip serves as a trailer of sorts for a series of videos that will be released in the near future, but it gives us an amazing look at what climbers Matteo Della Bordella and Luca Schiera undertook in South America's wildest landscape, which continues to offer plenty of challenge, even in the 21st century. This is a beautiful video that shouldn't be missed.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

DRAWN: The Climbing Adventures of an Artist

In 2009, climber and artist Jeremy Collins found himself stuck in a cave under Fitz Roy in Patagonia, waiting for the weather to clear enough to give him a shot at the climbing to the summit. While there, he came up with the inspiration to travel in four directions from his home, and climb new routes that had never been done before. He was looking for a new challenge, something to inspire him. Over the next four years, that vision took him to the jungles of Venezuela, the border of China and Mongolia, into Northern Canada, and the Yosemite Valley.  As he went, he collected very personal stories from those journeys, and he filled five sketchbooks with art inspired by those adventures.

Now, Jeremy has published the art from those sketchbooks in a wonderful new tome that is available from Mountaineers Books. He is also about to close a Kickstarter campaign that has earned him enough funds to produce a film of this adventures as well. The campaign still has three days to go until it is done, and while the minimum goal has been met, extra funds will go to improving production.

The story is a very inspiring one, showing us how we can pursue our dreams and go after our goals. Life is an adventure, and this little book, and film, are a testament to how to pursue those adventures. The video below offers a glimpse of what Jeremy has in mind. Looks great!

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Video: Kayaking a Lost World in Patagonia

We all know that Patagonia is one of the most remote and beautiful places on the planet, but even it still holds wonders to be revealed. That's what the kayakers in this video discovered when they made a descent of the amazing looking Pucón River there. The waterway is marked with impressive waterfalls, deep canyons, and wild whitewater. Everything you want to see in a good paddling movie.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Video: Discovering Patagonia

Patagonia is beyond a doubt, one of the most beautiful and wild places on the planet. I personally can't get enough of the place, and the video below is a good illustration of why. It was shot this past December, and gives us a great glimpse of what the place is really like. Truly amazing.

Discovering Patagonia from Tomas Likar on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Video: Trail Running In Patagonia

Ever wonder what it is like to go trail running in Patagonia? Than have a look at this video from ultra-runner Philippe Gatta that was shot while he was running 300 km (186 miles) in and around Torres del Paine and Ftiz Roy. What a spectacular place to go for a run!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Video: Attempt To Succeed In Patagonia

Here's a short climbing film that has a little of everything, including beautiful settings, a good story of adversity, and some fantastic shots of climbers doing their thing. It was filmed on the Argentine side of Patagonia in December of 2012 and January, 2013. It features climbers Tim De Dobbeleer and Sam Van Brempt, who struggled to top out on anything in the region, until finally climbing both Cerro Torre by the Ragni route and Fitz Roy's Franco Argentina. Excellent and inspiring stuff.

Patagonia: Attempt To Succeed from Sam Van Brempt on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Video: Exploring Argentina's Patagonia Region

There is little doubt that Patagonia is one of the most spectacularly beautiful places on the entire planet, and we have seen numerous images and videos attesting to that fact. You can add one more to this list with this wonderful short film that takes us on a tour of the Argentinian side of Patagonia. It introduces us to the people and places that make the region so special, while giving us plenty of eye candy to enjoy along the way.

The Short Season 'Argentina' from Arctos Collective on Vimeo.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Chad Kellogg Dies While Climbing In Patagonia

There was sad news out of Agentina this past weekend as the news broke that American climber Chad Kellogg has died while climbing in Patagonia. Kellogg was climbing Fitz Roy with and Jens Holsten. The two apparently successfully topped out and were beginning their descent when a rope dislodged a rock that struck Chad in the head. He reportedly died instantly.

The accident occurred late last Friday, but it took Holsten some time to descend safely and walk to the nearest village. The news has slowly filtered out since then and the climbing community is still reeling. Due to the remoteness of the accident, his body will not be recovered.

Kellogg was well known for his speed climbing on Rainier and Denali. Over the past couple of years, he even made a couple of attempt to break the speed record on Everest.  Chad enjoyed climbing remote peaks and opening new routes with a variety of close climbing partners. His legacy will include new routes in the Himalaya, the Andes, and China.

My condolences go out Chad's friends and family.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Book Review: Climbing Fitz Roy, 1968: Reflections on the Third Ascent

Are you still looking for a last minute Christmas gift for the climber or outdoor adventurer on your list? Than let me recommend a fantastic book that I reviewed over at the Wenger Blog today. It is entitled Climbing Fitz Roy, 1968: Reflections on the Third Ascent. This high quality, fantastically bound tome includes more than 90 photos from a historic climb in Patagonia that took place 45 years ago, along with some insightful and thoughtful essays about the men who undertook that expedition. Men who would later go on to have a profound impact on the environmental and outdoor adventure community.

The team consisted of five guys who called themselves the "Funhogs." Those men were skier Dick Dorworth, filmmaker Lito Tejada-Flores, and climbers Yvon Chouinard, Doug Tompkins and Chris Jones. If some of those names sound vaguely familiar, it isn't just because they are legendary climbers who put up the now classic California Route out Fitz Roy, perhaps the most famous mountain in all of Patagonia. Tompkins would also go on to found a little company called The North Face, while Chouinard would start Patagonia, whose logo is modeled after Fitz Roy. These same men would also help found an environmental movement amongst outdoor enthusiasts and the industry, which persists even to this day.

Back in '68, the men drove from Ventura, California all the way to Patagonia, a distance of 8000 miles. They were also forced to wait out the bad weather in an ice cave for 31 days, before they actually got a crack at the highly technical Fitz Roy, which is far more difficult than its 3359 meters (11, 020 ft) would typically imply. When they were done, they had completed an impressive new route but more importantly they came away from their adventure with a different outlook on the world.

The book shares their story through their own words, but it is the photos – once thought lost in a house fire – that really sell the story. The images are very impressive and do an excellent job of not only supporting the story but standing on their own to tell the tale as well.

Climbing historians will love this book, not just for the content, but for how high of a quality it is in general. It just feels great in your hands, although it doesn't hurt that the amazing images jump off the page. With the holidays quickly approaching, I can promise you that Climbing Fitz Roy is sure to delight the outdoor adventurer in your life. Truly a wonderful gift.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Video: Patagonia by Quechua

I think we'll end the week with this beautiful video. It is a promotional spot for the gear company Quechua, but like many commercials for outdoor focused companies it features some amazing scenery. In this case, the video was shot in Patagonia, which ranks amongst the most beautiful places on the planet.

[PATAGONIA] by Quechua from CAPSUS FILMS on Vimeo.

Friday, August 23, 2013

5000 Mile Project: Couple Running The Length Of South America

On July 28, David and Katharine Lowrie set out on a run like no other. The pair have hit the road to run the length of South America. Yes, you read that right. They are planning on running south to north across the entire continent and they're doing so to raise awareness and funds to protect the wildlife that lives in threatened areas there. Their expedition is aptly named the 5000 Mile Project, as that is the distance that they will cover before they are through. (That's roughly 8046 km for most of the world.)

The began their epic adventure last month by setting off from Punta Arenas, Chile, the southernmost settlement in South America. They'll now work their way north through Patagonia, crossing between Chile and Argentina as they go. Eventually they'll cross into Bolivia before continuing on to Brazil, where they'll face one of the biggest challenges to the expedition – a crossing of the Amazon Rainforest. If successful there, they'll emerge into Venezuela and finish the journey with a run to the Caribbean coast.

The Lowrie's hope to wrap up their journey approximately a year after they started. That seems rather ambitious considering the difficult miles that lie ahead. The couple aren't just out on the road running unencumbered. They're pulling specially designed carts behind them that carry all of their gear and supplies as well. David and Katharine are hoping to cover roughly the length of a marathon each day (26.2 miles/42.1 km), which is a challenge but highly feasible while on roads. But once they hit the Amazon, things will be completely different and much more difficult in general.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

The Patagonian Expedition Race On Hiatus Until 2015

A few weeks back I posted news that the Patagonian Expedition Race was in serious jeopardy and that if a sponsor didn't step up soon, the 2014 edition of the race was likely to not happen. Race manager Stjepan Pavicic felt that the event was not getting the support from the local community that it needed to stay solvent, despite the fact that his race brought a great deal of attention and money into the economy there. Yesterday Stjepan took to the PER Facebook page to announce that the race is indeed cancelled for 2014, while also giving us hope that it will return in 2015. 

Stjepan's statement is quoted in full below. Here's what he had to say:

Dear racers, followers and friends of the PATAGONIAN EXPEDITION RACE,
A few weeks ago, we made a difficult decision that is very difficult for me to communicate, but I must. Finally though, after 10 years of consecutive editions, in February 2014 there will be no Patagonian Expedition Race. But this is not the end; this is just a brief pause. 
In this time, exploring the wildest side of Patagonia, nature has taught us many hundreds of life lessons and also taught us to keep moving, even through complicated geographical scenarios and very hostile weather conditions. But she also taught us to understand when it’s necessary to pause in the midst of the storm. Today it’s time for that pause. It’s time to rehydrate ouselves and to feed our spirit. To review our roadmap and adjust our course to make directly for Patagonian Expedition Race 2015! So, we’ll be back with more energy and new challenges. We’ll maintain the authentic format and stay true to the wild expedition race spirit of the Patagonian Expedition Race, The Last Wild Race.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Video: Rios Libres Episode 4 - The Movement

Today we have the fourth – and final – episode of the Rios Libres web series, which over the past few weeks has introduced us to the threats that the rivers in Chilean Patagonia currently face. Corrupt officials in that country sold the water rights to those rivers to multi-national companies based in Europe. Those companies now intend to build hydro-electric generating dams along those rivers, which will have a lasting, and possibly irreversible, impact on the environment.

In this episode we get a chance to see exactly what is at stake here. Patagonia is one of the most dramatic and breathtaking landscapes on the planet and its future is now in jeopardy. We are at the crossroads as to where this issue will go next, but we can all sign an online petition asking Chile's president to reconsider construction of the dams. If those projects move forward, we could lose one of the last truly great wildernesses in existence.


Episode 4- The Movement from Rios Libres on Vimeo.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Video: Rios Libres Episode 3 - The Alternatives

Episode three of the four part Rio Libres web series has been released, continuing the exploration of the issues that the wild rivers of Chilean Patagonia face now that multinational corporations are threatening to build dams throughout the region. In this episode we explore some alternatives to the hydroelectric plants that will irrevocably change the landscape in the south in order to power the mining operations in the north – a region where solar power is more viable than just about any other place on the planet.

This has been an excellent series so far, but it's painful to think about what they are potentially doing to Patagonia.


Episode 3- The Alternatives from Rios Libres on Vimeo.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Video: Rios Libres Episode 2 - The History

Last week I introduced you to a new series of videos focused on the plight of the rivers in Chile's wild Patagonia region. This week we have the second video in the Rios Libres: Environmental Dispatches series, which will eventually be four parts in length. This time out we get a bit of a history lesson of the challenges that the rivers in Patagonia face as multi-national companies race to place dams on the river there in order to create hydroelectric power. But the impact of those dams could have a dramatic and irreversible effect on one of the last great wild spaces on our planet. We've seen it happen elsewhere and it would be a shame to see it happen in Patagonia as well.

Episode 2- The History from Rios Libres on Vimeo.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Video: Saving Patagonia's Wild Rivers

A new web video series has just launched entitled "Rios Libres: Environmental Dispatches." The four-part series explores the threats to Chile's rivers and the unique challenges that the people of that country are facing in order to save their wild spaces, including Patagonia, one of the most spectacular wildernesses on the planet.

The issue is that large conglomerates are planning to place five dams along two major rivers in Patagonia. Those dams will have a massive effect on the rivers and the ecosystems that surround them. In the video below, which is Episode 1 of this new series, we meet some of the people that live in Patagonia and get their thoughts on what the Baker and Pascua rivers mean to them.

Episode 1- The People from Rios Libres on Vimeo.