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Rafting Equipment & 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" raft trip participant for Patagonia, Chile. Whatever gear you decide to bring with you keep in mind that the Futaleufu valley is a rugged and remote destination 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.

The most important piece of personal gear on a river trip is the splash jacket. Warn over the wetsuit is is the first line of thermal defence against the chill of the water. For a week long trip we recommend splash jackets that are breathable and comfortable. Below are some of our favorites.



On chilly days you will want wear something under your splash jacket. Polartec fleece pullovers are ideal for this application and can be worn as stand-alone sweaters when off the river.


 
A mid or light weight Capilene or Polypro shirt will probably what you wear most days under the spash jacket. They come on long and short sleeve varieties and often have anti-rash properties.



To accompany the splash jacket are the splash pants. These are worn over the wetsuit on chilly days and can even do double duty as rain pants on stormy days.



Under your splash pants you may want another layer of thermal protection. These can also double as long underwear for chilly days or for sleeping.

   
Booties are an essential for the Futaleufu. They will allow you to easily scout rapids and safely portage around drops we might not want to run. Our favorite is the NRS Attack Shoe from Altrec Outdoors.



For off the water sandals are the perfect footwear. Check out the latest offerings from Chaco, Teva and Merrell.




If you are going to raft in sandals having a pair of neoprene socks will help keep your feet warm and protected. Gloves can help guard against blisters and protect the tops of the hands from the intense Patagonia sun.



On this raft trip you will want to bring a baseball cap to fits under your helmet for sun protection. The North Face has a hat specifically developed for whitewater rafters. You will also need a wool or fleece pile hat for chilly days.


 
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 good rain jacket in case the weather turns ugly. Check out the jackets from Patagonia and The North Face.


 
To go with your rain jacket pack along a pair of waterproof breathable pants.



 
You can expect much of the weather to be warm and sunny. We recommend coolmax or other synthetic materials 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.



Sunglasses are essential items for Chile. Make sure your sunglasses have 100% UVA and UVB protection. Some people prefer polarized glasses to better see the river featues. If you wear eye glasses or sunglasses we recommend floating eye glass retainers.



We found this great waterproof camera case from Aquatec a perfect compliment to any digital camera.. A Nalgene water bottle will be essential to keep hydrated.


 
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 camp.


 
You will need a flashlight (if you are staying at our eco-camp) that will allow you to get from your tent to the dining lodge and various other destinations. A headlamp allows you to keep your hands free to carry other items or do other things that a simple flashlight does not.



 
 



Expediciones Chile provides first class adventure travel trips in Patagonia Chile. Try rafting Chile on the famous Futaleufu River. Torres del Paine, Cerro FitzRoy, and Las Glaciares trekking Patagonia trips. Horseback Riding Chile in the rugged mountains of the Patagonia Andes. Try mountain biking in Patagonia, Chile and Argentina. Kayak in Chile on the Futaleufu river. Sea kayaking in Patagonia from the Andes to the Ocean. Get kayak lessons at our kayak school or swift water rescue training on Chile’s greatest river. Fly fishing in Chile has never been better from our CondorNest fly fishing ranch or Lago Yelcho. Ski Argentina, Chile and Patagonia during the Summer. Eco tours and yoga adventure travel vacations. Get information on Patagonia seasons, maps and our secrets of Patagonia tour all from our website.

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