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Overview:
The Futaleufú river is at relatively low altitude (1,300 ft dropping to 60 ft above sea level) mountain environment 53 miles inland from the ocean. Storms can blow in quickly bringing with them cold rainy spells. The sun can also be very intense for several weeks in a row.

The Futaleufú, Fuy, Espolon and Manso are all lake-fed rivers and not that cold except in the Spring. The Azul is cold as it is fed from snow and ice fields high in the Azul valley.  Kayakers generally will only need a dry top with a layer of smartwool and a pair of neoprene or fuzzy shorts to be on the river. If you are susceptible to cold or are paddling early or late season - you should consider a dry suit on a rainy day.


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River Clothes

River shoes (Astral) or (Chacos)
Wool Socks  Men - Women
Hydroskin river shorts  Men - Women
Nylon or Lycra swim suit
Thick Long sleeve hydroskin or smartwool shirt
Thin Long sleeve hydroskin or smartwool shirt
Hydroskin or Smart Wool pants (1)
Dry Top
Optional Dry suit
Optional one piece bunny suit
Cap, Sun hat, or visor (to wear under the helmet for sun protection)
Paddling Gloves or
Pogies, optional: People with sensitive, or light skin may want to bring pogies, to protect their hands from the sun. (The sun can be very intense)
Nose plugs
Ear plugs
(1) Optional camp towel for when you get off the river


Kayak Gear

Mandatory float bags
Spray Skirt- Does it fit the kayak that we have reserved for you?
Life Jacket  Stohlquist Descent   or  Astral
Helmet
Werner breakdown paddle or AT
Paddle Bag
Throw rope
Whistle
Knife (not in your carry on)
Water bottle insulated
Optional Customized hip pads, you will minimize outfitting time and guarantee a secure fit.
Optional Paddle wax
Kayak Sponge  


General Clothing (some of these items can be worn to Chile on the plane.)

Lightweight waterproof hiking boots. (you can wear these on the plane)
Crocs   Optional
Wool or fleece hat
(3) Pair Wool socks  mens      womens
(4) Underwear
(1-2) Hiking shorts  mens    womens
(1) Long pants nice for the plane
(1-2) Trail pants outdoors  mens  womens
(3) T-shirts
(2-) Long sleeved shirts one to be worn on the plane.
(1-) Pile jacket or wool sweater  mens  womens
Water/windproof Gore tex jacket or poncho    mens       womens
Water/windproof pants (recommended, optional)    mens       womens

Toiletries

Hanging small shower kit
Hairbrush or comb
Toothpaste, toothbrush, dental floss
Small biodegradable bar of soap & shampoo
Antiperspirant/ Deodorant
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:

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.

Extra Essentials

Small personal dry bag  
Sunglasses
Floating Retainer Leashes for Sunglasses
Headlamp Waterproof Storm
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.

Documents


Passport
US Drivers License
Spanish dictionary
Patagonia maps,
Waterproof journal
Printed enroute guidance


Luggage

Ultimate Net Bag for kayak gear
Soft Duffel with shoulder straps
Day backpack


 

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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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