The team, which is led by Cristian Donoso, set off last October in an attempt to record the effects of climate change on Western Patagonia in Chile. They traveled much of the way by kayak, paddling rivers and Chilean coastline, and expected to “reach unexplored places of highly difficult access” along the way. Patagonia is one of the most remote, and at times inhospitable regions on Earth, but it is also one of the most starkly beautiful places as well.
The ExWeb article lists the many “firsts” that the expedition has already manage to accomplish. Just a few include first explorations and crossings of a number of regions inside Patagonia, first explorations and navigations of several lakes and rivers in the area including some that have yet to be name, and the first exploration of several of the Patagonian glaciers that are a hallmark of the region as well. As if that wasn’t enough, they’ve also claimed first ascents on several peaks, and have explored a series of underground rivers as well.
This expedition seems to have captured the true spirit of exploration. They’re truly visiting places where few, if any, people have gone before. The do have the over all “cause” of recording the effects of climate change, which seems to be the reason everyone is heading to these remote regions these days. But with all the things they are seeing and doing, couldn’t they just have gone for the spirit of exploration and adventure alone? Seems like there is plenty of that to be had as well.
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