Overview: The Andes to the Ocean trip starts in a low altitude mountain environment and heads towards the coast. Storms can blow in quickly bringing with them cold rainy spells. Be prepared: Bring rain gear and an extra layer of warm clothes. The sun can be intense, so Sunblock and Sunglasses are essential. Be prepared the weather can vary. The good news it is spectacular whatever the weather.
If you are flying through Esquel Argentina you will be flying on big jets, but going light is still the way to go. We provide the kayak, paddles, spray skirts, pump, life jackets. if you are traveling after the sea kayak trip we will have a place for you to store your excess gear. You will be able to retrieve it at the end of your trip at the takeout if you are departing through Chaiten.
IF you are returning through Argentina we will stop and pick up any luggage that you did not use at our office in Futaleufu before crossing the border. Space is limited in the sea kayaks. Each paddler will have to bring their share of community gear. So bringing little and packing tight is essential.
Water and health
On our wilderness trips the water is also clean with pristine springs to fill your water bottle. It is your job to keep your water bottle filled at each spring. The river water and lake water in this part of Patagonia is drinkable.
2 man or 1 man sea kayaks
Farmer John Wetsuit.
Paddling splash jacket with hood.
1 Group safety rope
(1) Soft sponge to remove water and sand from your kayak each day.
For the Kitchen:
Food for your trip, matches, toilet paper, dishwashing fluid
Tarp for the kitchen
Cutting board, cheese grater, can openers
GSI micro table
Egg protection tray
Tupperwear for storage
Stainless bowel plate for each participant
Transportation to and from river
Delorme Satellite communicator
We recommend to divide your group into cooking groups of four. Each group of 4 should bring:
Multi fuel stove
2 knives for each cooking group
Recommended List (We have linked to superior products from NRS or Amazon in case you need to purchase an item.)
Personal Eating gear:
Camping Gear for Self Support Wilderness Trips
Sleeping Bag (35 to 55 degrees F) Bring your own.
Cotton pillow Case (can be stuffed with fleece sweater at night) or Small Camp Pillow
Waterproof Tent (Full Fly and Seam Sealed) Share with another member of the expedition.
Tarp/ground Why a tarp?
Headlamp Waterproof Storm
Personal Paddling Gear
River shoes (Astral) or (Chacos)
Hydroskin river shorts Men - Women
Nylon or Lycra swim suit
Thick Long sleeve hydroskin or smartwool shirt optional
Thin Long sleeve hydroskin or smartwool shirt optional
Hydroskin or Smart Wool pants (1) optional
(1) Long pants waterproof
Cap, Sun hat, or visor (to wear under the helmet for sun protection)
Wool or fleece hat
(1) Camp towel for when you get off the river
Optional Dry suit the gold standard. Paddling pants/bibs are comfortable also)
Paddling Bib optional
(2) Water bottle insulated
Swimsuit or shorts
Pogies, optional: People with sensitive, or light skin may want to bring pogies, or neoprene sun-shades, to protect their hands from the sun. (The sun can be very intense)
General Clothing Gear you provide: At the take out in Chaiten you can request to be met with your luggage not used on the sea kayak trip.
Lightweight waterproof hiking boots. (you can wear these on the plane)
Swim suit nylon or lycra
4 Wool Socks Men - Women
(2) Long Sleeved smart wool or synthetic Shirt - underwear
(1) Long smart wool or synthetic Bottom - underwear
(1) Waterproof pants
(1) Light Weight Fleece
(1-) Pile jacket or wool sweater mens womens
Water/windproof Gore tex jacket or poncho mens womens
Water/windproof pants (recommended, optional) mens womens
Hanging small shower kit
Hairbrush or comb
Toothpaste, toothbrush, dental floss
Small biodegradable bar of soap & shampoo
Sunscreen (Waterproof 50 spf minimum)
Lip balm containing sun block
Extra contact lens and enough lens liquid and cleaning solution. Some people have found that wearing light-weight, sturdy, plastic glasses helps protect their contacts from being flushed out by the big waves.
Personal first aid kit that includes:
Unguided trip mandatory bring Antibiotics.
EpiPen Anaphylaxis kit if you have severe reactions to bee stings
Your own prescription medications
Antihistamine for anyone with allergies
Vitamins if you take them
A few simple Band-Aids
Adhesive Tape (for blisters) or NuSkin (optional, for blisters)
Small Pepto Bismol (bottle or tablet)
Tampons or sanitary napkins (enough for the entire trip)
Extra contact lens and enough lens liquid and cleaning solution. Some people have found that wearing light-weight, sturdy plastic glasses helps protect their contacts from being flushed out by the big waves.
Optional,you may choose to bring a prescription antibiotic. Consult your doctor.
Small personal dry bag
3X 12-15 Liters Stuff Sacks
6 Heavy duty 2.5 ml Trash Compactor or Contractor bags.
5 ziplock bags is very helpful for any snacks
Floating Retainer Leashes for Sunglasses
Cell phone with camera with whatsapp. Enroute guidance for your route saved on it.
Optional Lifeproof Case for you cell phone turns it into a waterproof camera
PayPal account for tips and for paying for online bus tickets or services in Chile or Argentina.
Money belt RFID Blocking Travel Wallet Passport Holder
Charge card and US dollars to exchange.
US Drivers License
Printed enroute guidance
2 Soft Duffel with shoulder straps
Day backpack as carry on bag.
Supplemental List for Tierra del Fuego Sea Kayak Fjordo Parry
Mandatory Dry suit with built in feet.
Mandatory One piece bunny suit
Mandatory Minus33 Merino Wool Midweight Balaclava
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