Thank you Nathan and Cayo for re-directing this thread in a semi-constructive direction. This is a serious trip and by contributing to the cause you'll be funding a documentary film and web series aimed at raising awareness about the hydro-development situation in Patagonia and Chile's energy future in general. Links to the project page and fundraising page -
Somos del Rio | Reel Motion Media
Explore Projects | Community Funded
As Nathan mentioned there is a budget breakdown in the project description on the fundraising page. Don't get me wrong, there will be paddling, as the film is intended to follow our investigation as river conservationists and paddlers into these watersheds in Patagonia. For certain part of our interest in these rivers remaining free flowing is so that everyone can continue to recreate in them into the future. There is much more to the story however including the people who inhabit the watersheds, the energy demand in the more populated northern parts of Chile, Chile's desire to continue to develop, alternative energy projects and many other variables. It's a complicated story that we want to share from numerous first hand viewpoints, including our own.
As for lotsawater, aka self described film lackey/paddling "entertainment" aka carnage reel star, I will take this wager any day. I've been hitting the pool sessions with the other Leif, the one with the mullet and the correct pronunciation of the fine Scandinavian name, so callously bastardized by Leif's (Life's) parent's while doing a brief stint with the hippie earth cult Chewbaca's Revenge while Leif's mom was pregnant with him (this also explains a few "irregularities" with Life's physique and speech - they were so blissfully unaware of the effects of drugs and Star Wars re-enactments on the unborn children then).
My boof is as strong as the mulleted ones and approaching his wife's prowess. I have also been in my kayak once or twice in the past four years, including a couple of trips to Idaho where there is enough water to safely call it big water training.
And if you've read this far maybe you're interested in some of the cool things you can get by funding our project - Shred Ready Helmet, Guayaki Yerb Mate, Coffee shop gift cards, signed copies of Whitewater of the Southern Rockies, canvas prints, limited edition t-shirts, Odell's beer, and tons of other goodies. It's a no brainer. Thanks!