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Ok, so I ran SSV with someone this year and he was seriously talking with me about going to Chile for some time in January. I remember this person being someone I was pretty comfortable with in the gnar. I've frickin asked everyone I can think of off the top of my head and no one seems really interested in spending time down there. Now I cry out to you, oh gods of mountainbuzz. Who was that mysterious soul? Anyone going down there? If I go, it would be for at least three weeks in early Jan. Otherwise, I'm going to go scooba dooba in Honduras...I know no kayaking, but I've always wanted to check it out and it's lady friendly. Ugh, someone motivate me to go to Chile!

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Joe fire it up. The fu is primarily river running, but some of which is f'n big boy paddling (Zeta/Inferno Canyon). The creeking is off the chain, but requires a private vehicle...

Get it.
 

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I was considering it, and I think I may have talked to you about it some point. The cheapest plane tickets are $2000 though.
 

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Hey Joe -

Long time... Sounds like you've become obsessed with kayaking, god help ya.

Go to Chile. Who cares how much it costs. It's worth it. I was just there for almost a month (for work, no boating, August is not really boating season anyways). I also went 4 years ago (for boating). Paddle the Futaleufu. There are tons of other rivers, too, I paddled a few in Pucon region, they were fantastic. The Fu is a must do, for at least a week, better 2.

The rivers down there are at risk of being flooded. Last month I attended a meeting on sustainable development options for Patagonian Chile and did fieldwork with a scientist on the Baker R. A big focus of our work was addressing the proposed dams on the Baker and Pascua (south of the Fu). The EIA for 5 dams on these 2 rivers was released in Aug., and is out for 60 days for comment. These dams are very likely to be built, and when the 2000 km long powerlines to the north are built (another environmental travesty), the door will be opened to more dams in Patagonia. The time to go experience this place is now.

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go to chile! you'll love it. and the girls will love you.
hang out in pucon. go to fu but only through arg. this year. i think chiaten is closed due to volcano. fu will have less people this year. pucon in jan will be packed.
 

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Joe -

I have been wanting to get back to Chile for years. Give me a call.
 
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