Washing Machines

20 January 2017 — “Well we know that we have the wring cycle for when you are done” I yell out to Josie as she ventures into the swift, deep river. Despite her proximity to the shore, she is already thigh deep and leaning hard into her pole. The wring cycle was a technique we […]

Three Strikes

27th December 2016 –“Shit.” We are sitting in el Pizzeria Reconquista on Chaiten’s Avenida Diego Portales sipping beer, waiting on a pizza. We are just back from our explorations up Rio Alerces and after 10 kilometers of walking and hitchiking we are in need of sustenance. In this case, beer and food. “What’s up?” I ask, looking up from […]

Christmas Beach

“I saw sunlight on some rocks over near the river” Josie says from somewhere close behind me. “Yeah…I’m gonna try to work down this sidehill and get over there” I say, gesturing forward with my machete. “Can’t wait to get to those flats…now there’s two things we haven’t seen much of recently: flats and sun.” […]

Hiccups and Upgrades

The Noble Hotel’s lobby looks like a NOLS program staff’s nightmare. I stand on the stairs looking into the remains of a party. A good one too. Wine glasses, plastic cups, beer cans and pint glasses in various states of consumption are scattered haphazardly. Clothing and broken glass litter the floor and it is still […]

The Packing Process

The packing process seems almost complete.  In a break from the norm here at Mate, Manjar y Montañas I am going with a photo collage.  It seems this “normal” work thing has me a bit confused and pressed for time today. The time is near, the nerves are starting again.  Josie is coming out of […]

Maps and Machetes

Planning an expedition is one thing. Planning a successful expedition is something else. Legendary explore Bill TIlman is quoted as saying “any expedition should be able to be planned on the back of an envelope.” With that philosophy of streamlined and efficient expeditions he and his mates explored uncharted mountains, deserts and oceans throughout the […]