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How a Longtime Patagonia Climber Just Had His Best Season. Ever.

In the last two months, Colin Haley, 31, has squeezed in a lifetime’s worth of cutting-edge Patagonia alpinism. He’s logged speed records, solo records, and first ascents on virtually every major formation in Patagonia. When pioneering climbers Yvon Chouinard, Dick Dorworth, Lito Tejada-Flores, and the late Doug Tompkins, enjoyed their epic 1968 road trip from California…

Miles from Nowhere in Patagonia

After hours of steep bushwhacking through spiny Calafate bushes in Chilean Patagonia, I cursed as another thorn impaled my leg. I was tired and hungry, my heavy wet feet squishing in boots that were soggy from crossing multiple bogs. My guide, Fernando, was 30 feet ahead—too far for me to follow his footsteps, which were…

North Face Co-Founder and Conservationist Doug Tompkins Dies in Kayaking Accident in Chile

Update: For more on the life and legacy of Doug Tompkins, read “How The North Face Founder Went From High School Dropout to Millionaire Conservationist.”  North Face co-founder and conservation luminary Doug Tompkins, 72, died yesterday in Coyhaique, Chile. He succumbed to hypothermia resulting from a kayaking accident that took place in Patagonia’s General Carrera Lake, a 200-kilometer…

Returning to Parque Patagonia to Map Trails, Change

Ross Donihue and Marty Schnure received a National Geographic Young Explorers grant. I’m riding shotgun in a diesel Mitsubishi 4×4 truck as we take curve after curve of washboard dirt roads. Beads of sweat form on my forehead as we take a hairpin turn and I roll down my window to gulp the fresh air.…

Tribute: Remembering Legendary Skiers JP Auclair and Andreas Fransson

While the deaths of JP Auclair, one of our 2014 Adventurers of the Year, and Andreas Fransson have sent the ski community reeling, the skiers leave behind a rich legacy. We honor them here and share new details about the accident and attempt to rescue them. At approximately 12:30 p.m. local time, on Monday, September…

Chile Adventure Guide: Three Adventures of a Lifetime

From kayaking among calving glaciers in Patagonia’s Torres del Paine National Park to soaking in thermal hot springs in the Atacama Desert, a trip to Chile can provide a lifetime of adventures. Here are three of our favorites. Stretching over 2,600 miles down the southwestern coast of South America, tucked between the Pacific Ocean and…

Video #3: Weather – David Lama’s First Free Ascent of Patagonia’s Cerro Torre

Climbing in Patagonia can be a weather waiting game. But when the conditions are unsuitable on the peaks, adventures abound in the climbing gateway town of El Chaltén, Argentina. Here we see David Lama, one of our 2013 Adventurers of the Year, enjoying a little R+R before making his historic first free ascent of Cerro…

Rios Libres Video #4: Keeping Patagonia’s Rivers Wild – The People’s Movement

This is part 4 of 4 in the Rios Libres video series. The goal of the series is to highlight four different aspects of the fight against five proposed dams in Chile’s Patagonia region. Each video is accompanied by articles written by experts in the field. A new video will launch each Monday in June.…

Rios Libres Video #3 – Alternatives to Damming Patagonia’s Wildest Rivers

This is part 3 of 4 in the Rios Libres video series. The goal of the series is to highlight four different aspects of the fight against five proposed dams in Chile’s Patagonia region. Each video is accompanied by articles written by experts in the field. A new video will launch each Monday in June.…

Rios Libres Filmmaker Returns to Chile Seeking Answers – Interview with James Q Martin

In 2010, photographer, James Q Martin and I joined forces to begin Rios Libres, a non-profit dedicated to keeping Chilean Patagonia wild. Reading about a proposal to place five major dams on the Baker and Pascua, two pristine rivers in the heart of Patagonia, inspired us to take action. We headed to Chile with an…