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Equestrian Clothes & Gear

Please download and review the packing list above. If you conclude that you are missing some equipment and clothing we have prepared this webpage in affiliation with Patagonia, REI, Backcountry, and Altrec Outdoors to help you select and purchase gear for your trip. This following examples will also serve to show you what we feel is the "ideally outfitted" trekker for Patagonia, Chile. Whatever gear you decide to bring with you keep in mind that the Torres del Paine, Los Glaciares and the Futaleufu valley are rugged and remote destinations that will test your clothing & equipment. Durability and reliability are key in determining what items to take. If something breaks and needs to be replaced you likely won't be able to do it in Chile. As of August 2005 all of the items listed below were in stock. In some cases these links will take you directly to the item pictured and others will bring you to the storefront in which you can find them. Try to place orders with these websites a few weeks beforehand in case of the need to exchange items or in case of back orders.

For riding be sure to take a light weight riding jacket for any chilly mornings and evenings you might encounter. We recommend the breathable water repellant type.

We encourage all riders to wear helmets in Chile. If you are used to wearing a helmet when you are riding at home please bring it. Below are some of the types we thought were well suited for riding with us, especially the International ProLite.

For riding boots we recommend the western type with a good sole and comfortable fit that will allow you to walk around when off the horse.

If you have an older set of riding boots don't forget to restore the weather proofing before you come. It is almost guaranteed that they will get wet.

In our area of Patagonia most most of the Arrieros (local cowboys) wear long rubber boots when it rains, they swear by them and so do we. We recommend that everyone planning to come to Patagonia come down with two pairs of boots. One for everyday riding and another for when it rains. Rain boots are especially recommended for those going on multiday pack trips.

Pack a variety of socks for on and off the horse. We prefer the quick drying type made of synthetic material rather than cotton. You also will want to take along a wool hat that can double as a helmet liner it gets cold.

Pack two pairs of riding gloves, one for warm weather and one for cold. Gloves will help you better grip the reigns and help shield your hands against the intense Patagonia sun.

The sun in Patagonia is more intense than in the Western United States or anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere. Be sure to take a hat to protect your face from the sun

Pack a variety of weights of Coolmax or Polarguard under layers. We recommend tops and bottoms and one heavier weight fleece type top.

Riding shirts that work off the horse as well as on save weight and packing space, especially if you are going on a multiday pack trip.

For bottoms we recommend jeans made for riding or traditional riding tights. Dual use bottoms that can be worn on as well as off the horse will make packing easier.

If you wear chaps while riding at home we recommend that you bring a set with you of your favorite type. We do have some chaps in Chile but most riders will probably most comfortable with their own.

Much of Patagonia history was written from the back of a horse. If you are riding with us you will definitly want to read up on the equestrian culture of the region. Tschiffely's is one of the classics that started it all. The Foote's book is a facinating modern day account of riding in Patagonia.

When it rains in Patagonia it really rains. Our storms come directly off the Southern Pacific and lose most of their moisture before reaching the Argentine border. You will want to have a excellent rain jacket in case the weather turns ugly. These waterproof and breathable rain jackets from Patagonia and The North Face can't be beat.

To complement the jacket waterproof breathable rain pants will also be a requirement to keep your legs dry. Rain pants should be loose enough to fit over your pants or riding tights.

You can expect much of the weather to be warm and sunny. When off the horse we recommend that you take coolmax or other synthetic shirts that are easy to wash and dry quickly.

Nylon or synthetic shorts wear well and dry quickly after getting wet. The North Face makes a long pant version that is perfect for cooler nights and to keep the bugs away.

For off the bike sandals are the perfect footwear. Check out the latest offerings from Chaco, Teva and Merrell. If you are planning on doing some additional hiking on your vacation plan on taking a light to middle weight boot. Don't forget the socks.

Hydration is important. Plan on taking at least one Nalgene water bottle. We have also found that smaller volume systems from Camelbak work well.

The sun is very intense in Patagonia, Chile - much more so than in the Northern Hemisphere. Make sure you come prepared. We recommend a waterproof sun screen, a zinc oxide sun block cream and a lip balm.

Patagonia is a pristine ecological environment. While spending time with us we ask that our guests try to preserve the environment as much as possible by using biodegradable products. We recommend Dr. Bronners and other similar soaps and shampoos for our expeditions and eco camp.

Sunglasses are essential items for Chile. Make sure your sunglasses have 100% UVA and UVB protection. Many guests bring an extra set incase something happens to the first.

You will need a flashlight for finding your way in the dark. A headlamp allows you to keep your hands free to carry other items or do other things that a simple flashlight does not. Make sure you pack extra batteries and a spare bulb.

If you are bringing a tent down to Chile make sure it is a three season with a full rainfly. Tents without a full fly just don't stand up to the weather. The days and nights in Patagonia can be beautiful but when the weather turns the rain can be intense. We recommend tents with double walls to keep out the wet. Below are some that we thought would work well in our region.

Before your trip make sure that your tent is fully waterproofed and seam sealed. We recommend weatherproofing even brand new tents. If yours has not been done in a few seasons it is worth the time to recoat it to make sure you don't end up spending the week in a leaky tent.

For sleeping bags we recommend synthetic fill bags over down fill. Patagonia is a wet region that can cause down to attract moisture and compress causing loss of loft. The bags we found most comfortable are those rated between 35 - 50 degrees. Depending on the time of year you might want to go warmer if you are visiting Torres del Paine or Los Glaciares.

We like the lightweight ThermaRest because of its compactness, portability, warmth and comfort.

Waterproof single person bivy sacks can be a great option for those who like to sleep under the stars. If you elect to go the bivy option we recommend you bring an extra large rain tarp to throw over the bivy incase of a prolonged storm.


Expediciones Chile has running adventure travel trips in Patagonia since 1985. Try rafting Chile on the Futaleufu river. Trekking Patagonia in Torres del Paine, Cerro FitRoy and Las Glaciares National Parks. Sea kayaking Patagonia from the Andes to the Ocean or take lessons at a world class paddling school. Kayak Futaleufu whitewater from our kayak eco camp. Mountain biking in Patagonia wilderness. Earn a swiftwater rescue certification on the Futaleufu river. Fly fishing Chile and Argentina on the famous Lago Yelcho. Snow Skiing in Chile & Argentina. Eco tours and yoga travel vacations. Information about weather Patagonia, Patagonia travel and maps of Chile on our website

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