Archive for November, 2011

compost in Chile

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

hey every one its drew here,

today i am going to talk to you guys about how they do compost in down here in Chile. So for there compost it start the same as ours in north amarica we save up all the food we dont want and put it some were, now heres were i found the change comes in. In north amarica we just let some one come pick it up and take it away, but in Chile they will take all the extra compost and use it for there gardens.

Setps:

1 get a lot of old food that will brake down

2 get some fresh soil and put it on top of the food

3 next you want to add some horse poo on top,

4 then to top it off you add worms from California

5 you mix it up and leave it for a bit to decompose

6 last but not least you add it to your plants to help it grow!

 

In Spanish

Hoy voy a hablar con ustedes acerca de cómo hacer compost en aquí en Chile. Así que para que se inicie el abono misma que la nuestra en el norte de Amarica nos ahorramostoda la comida que no quiero y lo puso algunos eran, ahora se heres me encontré con el cambio entra en escena En el norte de Amarica que acaba de dejar a alguien a recogerloy se lo quite, pero en Chile se tomará todas las abono adicional y utilizarla para que los jardines.

Setps:

1 obtener una gran cantidad de restos de comida que se rompieron

2 y obtenga un poco de tierra fresca y lo puso en la parte superior de los alimentos

3 próxima vez que quiera añadir un poco de caca de caballo en la parte superior,

4 y luego para colmo se agregan las lombrices de California

5 que se mezclan y se deja por un tiempo en descomponerse

6 por último pero no menos importante que lo agregue a sus plantas para ayudar acrecer!

Working for the Play Wave

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

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Hey everyone its Drew McEachern here. Today I am writing about the Playwave on the Trancura River, right next to Pucon Kayak Hostel.  About 2 weeks ago there was this sick fast play wave in right beside the Hostel where we were staying. Perfect for afterschool or during school paddling.

Towing onto the Wave. Photo by Alex Zegart

The problem with this wave is that  you would have to get out and hike way up stream to catch it. But on the bright side, there was this random little eddy made by a hole up stream. You could sit in this eddy without much trouble, but you could not paddle into the wave from it. After trying for about 2 hours to catch this wave with little success, we decided to get a throw bag out and tow onto the wave.

Kincaid trying to pull us onto the wave from shore. Photo Alex Zegart

We tried lots of different ways to pull us into the wave, some worked some failed, but we did find one good way to do it. There is a bridge right above the play wave so we thought we may as well use the random eddy! So with the kayaker in the random eddy , we would throw them the rope from the bridge just upstream. Then we would pull back over to drop them into the wave.

Figuring out the system: Colin and Kincaid help tow us onto the wave from the bridge. Photo Alex Zegart

It took alot of practice to get it right, but Alex Z and I got really good at pulling them up into the wave. We got to watch Eric toss a few air screws and then packed it in for the day. it was a fun day trying to get people to surf and working together to make a better system for the wave. Teamwork and throw ropes at its best!

Eric Bartl tows onto the wave in his Rockstar. Photo Alex Zegart

Figuring out how to use the rope. Photo Alex Zegart

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Chilean Trees.

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Acacio

Chile is one of the most unique countries in the world. It is separated from the rest of South America by the Andes Mountains to the east, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. This isolation has lead to its extraordinarily unique flora and fauna.

Parra

In my spanish class, taught by Carla Astorga, we learned about the natural side of chile. She taught us how to identify different trees and plants, which ones we could eat, and which ones were poisonous.

Nogal

Here are a few different trees that Carla has identified for us:

Nispero

Acacio- The Acacio tree has small round leaves with long thorns on its branches. In the spring it has yellow flowers.

Araucauria

Guindo- Guindo trees also known as the Beech tree have oval leaves and small berries.

Aracauria- This is Chile’s national tree, also called the monkey tree. It has thick and sharp leaves which cover its branches completely.

Guindo

Nispero- The Nispero tree is a short tree with long waxy leaves. It bears small fruit which are edible.

Nogal- The Nogal is a walnut tree. It grows 3-4 meters tall with long leaves.

Parra- In english is a grape Vine. Very important to Chile’s economy, grapes are grown in the central regions. The parra can be identified as a thin fine with broad with scalloped edges.

Chile es uno de los países más singulares del mundo. Está separadadel resto de América del Sur por la cordillera de los Andes hacia el estey el Océano Pacífico al oeste. Este aislamiento ha llevado a su flora y fauna extraordinaria.

En mi clase de español, impartido por Carla Astorga, hemos aprendido sobre el lado natural de Chile. Ella nos enseñó a identificar los diferentes árboles y plantas, que las que se podía comer, y cuáles eran venenosas.

Aquí hay unos pocos árboles diferentes que Carla ha identificado para nosotros:Acacio-El árbol de Acacio tiene hojas pequeñas y redondas con largas espinas en sus ramas. En la primavera tiene flores amarillas.

Guindo Guindo árboles-también conocido como el árbol de Haya con hojas ovales y pequeñas bayas.

Aracauria-Este es el árbol nacional de Chile, también llamado el árboldel mono. Tiene hojas gruesas y afiladas que cubren sus ramas por completo.

  Níspero, El árbol de níspero es un árbol con hojas largas y cortas de cera. Se da frutos pequeños que son comestibles.

Nogal, El Nogal es un nogal. Crece 4.3 metros de altura, con hojas largas.

Parra-En Inglés 

es una vid de uva. Muy importante para la economía de Chile, las uvas se cultivan en las regiones centrales. La parra se puede identificar como un bien delgado, con amplio con bordes festoneados.

Evan Garcia Teaches Brown Claw to High School

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

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Evan Garcia Teaches Brown Claw to High School

Evan Garcia describes the dangers of a Brown Claw placed too high. Safety. Safety. Safety.

It’s no surprise all the high school kayakers at New River Academy want to be a pro just like their Bomb Flow idols.  It’s a special day for the students at their Pucon, Chile base, aka Pucon Kayak Hostel, as Bomb Flow and Demshitz stars Evan Garcia, Anton Immler and Aniol Serrasolses roll up in their slick new 1,700,000 peso truck.  Students flock into safe little huddles nearby hoping one of their idols will say to them, “looking stout kid” or “I saw you brown that slide the other day… stout.”  Instead the students awkwardly stand their with fuzzy mustaches and shorts riding low.

“Team meeting!  Everyone meet on the deck.  Today we’re going to the Rio Nevado and we’ve got some guest coaches.  You’ve all heard of Evan, Anton and Aniol.”  The student’s have been watching videos of the hucksters every night trying to mimic their stomps and power positions.  The thought of running one of Chile’s finest cascade runs, Rio Nevado, with the world’s best stompers has the students in an untypical silent excitement.

Garcia makes the Brown Claw look easy and can brown without looking at his hand.

“If you’re going to be a great kayaker like the Demshitz and Bombflowers you’re going to need one move, the Brown Claw.”

Garcia steps forward and begins explaining the proper height of a Brown Claw, “You don’t want it to be too high… you might open yourself up for an injury.”

Garcia drops his right hand claw from extended high to a comfortable balanced bend.  Students study their hands and try to picture themselves doing the brown claw on the local stout “Sweet Love.”

Student Hunt Jennings raises his hand to ask, “Which hand do you use?”

Garcia replies, “Good question.  Everyone has a dominant brown hand.  Once you become natural the hand you brown with depends on the drop.” 

View Video, “How to Brown Claw.” By Hunt Jennings.

Jennings is stunned by the ideal to ambi-brown claw and once again is impressed by the pros.

Garcia helps position Galen Volckhausen's cave-hands.

Brown Tip- Use your knee to naturally fit your claw size and finger positions.

 

 

 

 

Garcia being as adept at teaching as stomping lines notices a student struggling lacking the dexterity of the brown claw position.  New River student and 16 year old Dempoop Galen Volckhausen almost in tears is embarrassed as he struggles to claw his cave-like fingers.  Garcia sensitive to the matter patiently illustrates a way to place the brown claw on to your knee to secure the proper sizing and positioning of the Brown Claw.

Again, the go Huge Kayakers are in awe by Garcias ability to simplify the complex move.

Wayne Poulsen sticks a righty brown on the Rio Nevado Cali Slide.

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By David Hughes

Owner Pucon Kayak Hostel

Director New River Academy

 

Afterschool Rio Nevado

Monday, November 28th, 2011

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Jake Greenbaum, reighning Palguin Race Champ, coaches New River students daily on stomping Rios Palguin and Nevado.

Sixteen year old Galen Volckhausen masters aerial balance on "Cali Slide."

As this semester’s head coach it’s been a pleasure to challenge the athletes on creek racing skills.  And there is no better place to do that than on Chile’s whitewater wonderland.  New River students have their work cut out for them with an eleven year winning tradition.  Why is that?  Well let’s name drop a few Huge Experiences extreme alumni:

  • Isaac Levinson- reigning Green River Champ and top US Extreme Racer.
  • Pat Keller- Past Green Champ and Freestyle Runnerup World Champ.
  • Casey Eichfeld and Rick Powell- Olympians.
  • Jake Greenbaum and Keegan Grady- winners of Palguin Races 2010 and 2009.
  • Tino Specht- coach and videographer.

Pucon, Chile holds a magical energy as it lies between three volcanos in the heart of the lake-district.  Imagine geological perfection for creating clean waterfalls as rain and snow meander their way down the Andes and volcanic drainages to the Pacific.

 

New River Academy students have been staying at Pucon Kayak Hostel enjoying classes and kayaking under the Chilean sun.  This past week has been the semester climax with 80% of the student body paddling the famous Upper Rio Nevado and Upper Palguin daily afterschool.

It’s school history in the making with each student honing aerial balance skills on such a perfect stomping ground.

About Pucon’s Rio Nevado

Often called “the Nevados” the Rio Nevado has become Pucon’s favorite creek run.  The upper stretch is speckled with 6’ to 10’ boof after boof.  All having character, unique lines, zigs and zags, clean corners to launch, and soft pads to land within a canyon.  Add to this three clean twenty footers each with signature moves.

What class is the Rio Nevado?  While, many call it class V the drops break down into a series of class IV moves with a couple of class V portages.  Paddlers mistakenly label it as class V based on the canyon nature and few portages.  Note there is a trail to every rapid on the Upper so it’s not as remote as many assume.  Additional note-  300 meters of the Lower Nevado below Demshitz drop is a non-hikable access canyon of cascade beauty.

 The Cali Slide (You can park and huck)

Kincaid Wurl takes the speed bump for a little pop wheelie.

It’s a quick hike in and out to the Cali style slide.  Bring your camera for those once in a lifetime shots.  Taking a right line helps you slow your speed and avoid the aerial hump.  Better boaters enjoy riding the ramp for those once in a lifetime aerial shots.  Most folks will lap this slide to maximize the fun factor.

Wall Falls

This is a super cool twenty footer.  You’ll slide an 8 degree slope to a 20’ horizon staring at the giant wall.  Take a subtle righty boof stroke to turn you boat left and practice stomping a 30 degree pitch entry.

Double Drop

Go through the first three foot drop on right and then let’s see you “get there” on the bottom right side boof.  Air it out for style points.

 

Ecstasy aka Pitch 20

Hayley Stuart takes a pro stroke on a tough line to time at Ecstacy.

This cool twenty footer goes through a 3’ wide narrow gap and creates a super cool horizon.  Ride through the gap on a balanced right rudder and time a righty boof stroke.

 

Boof and Auto Boof

The next two are simple boofs.  The auto boof makes for a sweet photo.

Make the Ferry

At higher water the ferry below “Auto Boof” is tough real tough.  You can paddle under the cave rock and portage.  After the ferry boof right and slide right.

 

Boof Ten Footer

Not sure the name of this 10 footer.  At higher water air this big boy out for style.  Get up on the boof heading left as a low boof slides you off into a rock on your right.

Hero Move at low water.  Catch the left eddy above the boof, turn and boof the river right side.

 

Sara Jane Daub at Auto Boof.

Dulce Amor aka Sweet Love

Has to be one of the best 20 foot boofs on the planet.  The river converges into a 5’ wide channel sloping off the perfect 45 degree wall.  Charge that wall and get your boofsmear on.  This is as good as boofing gets.

 

Pyramid Rock below Dulce Amor

It’s a steep 6 footer.  Go on the right side of the pyramid and boof left.  You’ll have to reach low staying balanced to keep your bow up.

 

Rock Jumble

There’s a right line, there’s a left line and there’s a portage.  Better scout this one.

 

Sara gracing the ten foot boof. New River Girls Rock!

River Right Portage or Scout

There’s a tight little tough to make eddy.  With groups you should get a boat catcher.  New River walks this one as the slot walls are undercut.

 

Demshitz Drop and Takeout

Congratulations you just ran one of the cleanest waterfall runs in the world.  Takeout and do it again.  If you want more then scout the Demshitz 45 footer with solid entrance.

By David Hughes

Director New River Academy

Owner Pucon Kayak Hostel

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Eric Bartl timing his stomp at Sweet Love... world's best twenty foot boof.

 

 

 

Chile Parent Trip

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Mother and son, Beth and Matt West, swimming in the most beautiful laguna (Rio Fuy) you will ever experience during 2008 Parent Trip.

Click to view, Parent Trip Report from Chile 2008.

New River Academy Parent Trip to Chile

“David… seeing Katie lead Sue and I with her Spanish in Pucon, watching her in her classes, and taking photos of her today at the waterfall, well… it’s just priceless.  This has been our best vacation ever.”  -Joe Kowalski commenting on the 2008 Chile Parent Trip

Parents enjoying the Chilean sun at the school's Pucon base.

The parent trip is a special bonding experience that has not been offered in three years.  Now, with David Hughes on the ground in Chile owning Pucon Kayak Hostel we are in a great position to once again offer you this Huge Experience.

Imagine watching your child in classes as 4:00 pm hits a buzz is apparent.  Coaches meeting and kids soon are running to grab gear and load boats.  You’ll ride high into the Andes and hike to cascade overlooks to photograph your child run the waterfalls they adore.

Nightly, you’ll return to freshly baked bread and dinners next to a fire and see your child living life.  Real life.  Interacting.  Playing.  Learning.

You are warmly invited to join us, bond with your child, and live part of the experience you have given to your child.

Dates:  Feb 6 to 14

Temuco Airport Arrival:  Feb. 6 means depart USA or Canada on Feb.5

Temuco Airport Departure:  Feb. 14 means you arrive to USA or Canada on Feb. 15

Hayley Stuart runs the Rio Nevado "Sweet Love" cascade.

Flights:  We suggest working with our travel agent Mary Jo Palmer in order that flights arrive and depart at same time. Mary Jo is a remarkable resource.  1-800-640-4137

Airport Shuttles outside of our scheduled pickup:  You can either rent a vehicle of pay $US100 for an airport shuttle.

Costs:  $1,600

Includes:  meals minus 4 dinners out, activities listed, lodging, transportation, happy child + bonding experiences…

**Cost does not include:  4 dinners out.

Deposit:  $400

How do you confirm your space?  Once you decide you want to do this trip you should confirm with David Hughes via David@PuconKayakHostel.com.  David will send you a paypal deposit request for the $400 deposit.  The balance of $1,200 is due upon meeting in Chile.

Parent Trip Itinerary:

Galen Volckhausen catches air on the kids new favorite river, Upper Rio Nevado.

Feb 6-            Arrive to Temuco and drive to Choshuenco base.  Watch students on Upper Fuy cascade runs.

Feb. 7- Half day school + Class I-II SUP board and kayak Lower Fuy.

The Rio Fuy is a offers the true rustic Chilean experience. Families will enjoy meals cooked by our family owned hosts and afternoons next to the lake and cascades.

Feb. 8- Observe School day.  Afterschool waterfall run and photo shoot.

Feb. 9- Rio San Pedro Family day with SUP Boards, ducky, raft and kayaks.  And drive to Pucon base.

Feb. 10- Half day school + Upper Palguin Cascade run and photo shoot.

Feb. 11- School day/Parent day off with their child.  Explore Pucon, take a hike, shop… Hotsprings night.

Feb. 12-Valentines Rio Tolten SUP and kayak day.  Class I-II gorgeous river.

Feb. 13- School day + Paddle Trancura afterschool.  Farewell Parent asado.

Feb. 14- Airport shuttles to Temcuo.

Things to know:

  • What about transportation?  David will hire the proper vehicle and driver to transport the parent group to each destination.
  • What if you want to arrive early or stay longer?  Absolutely.  David will gladly help you plan or advise you on great Chile destinations.  Not long after the parent trip the student group will travel South into Patagonia.
  • Do you need a visa?  Chile has a one time entrance visa of $US131 upon entering customs.
  • Can we guarantee your child will be excited and happy to see you?  We’re confident your child will be excited to skip a day of school in order to proudly show you around Pucon.  Simple things like walking to the bus stop and how to get around South America are proud moments.
  • How often will you see your child?  You will observe classes, meet with students, and be asked to complete teacher evaluations.  Each activity is planned for you to experience and bond with your child.
  • Can you visit at a different time than parent week?  We prefer not due to the energy required to host families.  Imagine a different family every week.
  • Parents bonding with other parents…  There is something special in the commonality of families and friends during this week.
Suggested Additional Trips:
  • Drive south toward Patagonia and watch the kids in Hornopiren.
  • Rent a car and drive a loop to San Martin de los Andes, Argentina.  Or a little further will take you to Bariloche.
  • Start and end in Santiago visiting Cajon de Maipo and the Astorga family.  Drive past the wine valleys en route to Pucon.  Note- It’ll be super hot up there!
  • Drive four hours south to Puerta Varas.
  • Begin or end your trip in San Pedro de Atacama.
  • Jay and Donna Anderson began their parent trip with a Torres del Paine pre-trip experience.
How do you confirm your space?  If you want to do this trip you should confirm with David Hughes via David@PuconKayakHostel.com.  David will send you a paypal deposit request for the $400 deposit.  The balance of $1,200 is due upon meeting in Chile.

Thanksgiving in Chile

Monday, November 28th, 2011

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For the American holiday of Thanksgiving we had quite an eventful day. Being Canadian, I had already celebrated thanksgiving in October, but this day was a whole different experience. Usually I don’t get to go kayaking on thanksgiving. I spend it at home preparing for a huge dinner with my family. This American Thanksgiving, I got to go kayaking on one of my favorite runs in Chile: the Upper Palguin. However, like anything we do at NRA, it was an experience. Since I was preparing dinner then heading paddling after everyone else, I stayed behind in the morning. Shortly after they left the Sprinter was back and this was a shock. It turns out a kayak had gone through the window and the rest of the boys were stranded on the side of the road with our trailer! They waited patiently for two hours for the girls and Seth to come rescue them prepared with lunch and snacks. After that part of the day everything went pretty smoothly. We lapped the Palguin then enjoyed an amazing feast of turkey, vegetables, rice, soup, and salad. At dinner, like any other Thanksgiving dinner that I have been at we mentioned what we were thankful for. Many things came up such as being thankful for being in Chile, Kayaking everyday, and family and friends. Personally I am thankful for all those things and more. I am so thankful that I have such an amazing group of people to spend my time in Chile with and I am very thankful to have the opportunity to do so, which I can thank my parents for. There is so much to be thankful for and we should think about this not only on Thanksgiving but everyday. Don’t forget to be thankful for everything that you have and give it back to others!

Wayne Poulsen sharing a poem after dinner.

 

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“What Should I Wear?” Females and Indecision, on and off the River | One answer for why it takes girls twice as long to do anything*

Monday, November 28th, 2011

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* Sorry. I couldn’t decide on a title, so I just used both. Yes, it is twice as long as it needs to be. Yes, it took me twice as long to write, took you twice as long to read, and took me far too long just to make that decision.

Yesterday, as we stood waiting for the females in our group to get in the van so we could head to the river, the guys were amazed at how LONG it took the ladies to get ready. “What the hell are they doing?” “How can it possibly take them that long? They didn’t even load boats!” Ah.. the mysteries of women. How and why does it take us twice as long to get anything done? Or are we simply doing twice as much?

I have spent a significant amount of my life waiting for my Mother. Despite the fact that she wakes up well before anyone else, she is routinely the last person ready to go. I find it endlessly frustrating, and often wonder “what on earth takes so long?”  The problem is that no matter how many times we tell her we need to leave, she always manages to find one last thing that she NEEDS to do, RIGHT NOW, before we can possibly go anywhere. Even I seem to be ready before her. The problem with this, however, is that it sets off a chain reaction. If one person is doing something extra, the people that are already ready and waiting get bored or antsy, and take off, or find something else for themselves to do. Then everyone is late, and waiting on everybody else.

Unlike my mother, my problem, and that of many of the ladies I know and love, seems to be that it doesn’t take us that much longer to do something, it is that it takes us that much longer to decide whether or not do the thing, or how do to the thing in the first place.

As a female traveling primarily with males, I never cease to be amazed at how few things guys seem to need. Despite the fact that I am half the size of the majority of my male friends, my bag always seems to be twice as large. Mathematically, this would imply that I am traveling with 4 x as much stuff. How is that even possible? What on earth am I judging absolutely necessary to survival that clearly, is not?

Seeing how I agonize over what to bring and leave behind, this amazes me. I spend a week laying clothes out on the floor of my room, separated into piles of definitely bring, definitely don’t bring, maybe bring. (I know. You would think the pile of definitely don’t bring is overkill, but its nice to see what I decided not to bring. It makes me feel better about my overpacking.)

And yes. I recognize that I shamelessly overpack. This doesn’t mean I still don’t try to justify it. For example, I brought a hammock AND a tent to Chile. Clearly. One of the other teachers brought neither. (For the record, both have been used. And not just by me…)

You would think that for all my overpacking, I would be shockingly prepared for almost any situation. And I am, to an extent. I have an epi-pen (I’ve never had an anaphylactic reaction), loads of plasters, lotion, medical tape and a pharmacopeia of drugs. I also have tanktops, tee-shirts, longsleeve shirts, thin fleece, fleece vest, hoodie, hoodie without hood… and that’s not even counting my boating gear.

The problem becomes that while prepared, (I was a Brownie) I have too many choices. To justify having something, I have to use it, right? Wrong, considering how I wear the same shirt and spandex leggings everyday. The second problem is that I seem to be incapable of making these choices by myself.

We have all joked about how girls can’t seem to do anything by themselves, including go to the bathroom. And yes, this is often true. But bigger than having a bathroom buddy seems to be my need to think out loud, and solicit advice from everyone around me (regardless of how well I know them) before making a decision, especially one as important as “Should I wear my union suit today?”

Questions such as, “Should I run this rapid?” “Do you think I will be too warm if I wear a second fleece over my union suit?” Are simply ridiculous, because I need to be able to make them myself. I am the person who knows how cold I get, and need to be the one to decide how comfortable I feel running or not running a rapid. Basing those decisions off of what someone else is or isn’t doing isn’t practical or safe. I have a fear of being cold, so I wear an extra fleece over my union suit. (I have learned the hard way that this is rarely necessary. But hey, at least I’m not cold! )

The tendency for females to do things in groups inevitably slows everybody down. Ladies, do you see your male friends waiting for each other to get what they need to done? Cut the solidarity, make your own decisions, and  take care of yourself and your stuff first. Help somebody else by helping yourself.  And guys, next time you criticize how much stuff I have, or how long it takes me to do something, remember how many times you’ve “borrowed” something from me that you didn’t feel like bringing for yourself.

 

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Don’t Dam the Majestic Maipo

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

The Maipo is one of Chiles’ great Rivers, running through the countryside as a source of water, entertainment and for some a livelihood. As I have been staying at the Astorgas’ along with the rest of New River Academy we have realized that because of Santiagos’ large size as a city, they want to take water from the Maipo and send it along a pipe to Santiago, draining tons of the Maipos’ water and causing the river to shrink in size.

The damming will most likely stop boating or make it basically impossible and many other activities and needs of locals and tourists alike will probably be stopped or unable to be done. So in our effort to make the unfairness of the damming known, we have interviewed a few locals who would greatly be affected by the damming of the Maipo including some of the Astorgas, mainly Pangal Astorga and Lorenzo Astorga.

Pucon Chile

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

While staying at Pucon Kayak Hostel we have traveled far and wide, but one of our favorite places to go is Pucon. A 10 minute drive away from the Hostel where we can have class, get internet, shop, and hangout. Pucon is the place to be in Chile, a ski and raft town, with a volcano constantly towing above the town, if compared to anything it reminds me of Tahoe, California; for Chileans this is their Tahoe, with a lake, mountains and an awesome town.

The Volcano, constantly towering over the town of Pucon

One of many places offering tours to the Volcano and of Pucon

Rafting and Climbing and Skiing!!

Trancura Adventura, one of the many raft companys in Pucon

On the side of main street, usually with the volcano framed behind it.

Another main atraction in Pucon, bikes

Gringo trying to fit in....unsuccessfully

A sick sign for the Pucon fire department

A cheese stand, fresh cheese is the best in Chile

Racks of cool, homemade garnments ranging from sweaters and socks to spoons and forks.

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