Monday, 18 August 2008

Gathering information (or- how do you say wind in Spanish…)

Collecting the information is one of the more challenging parts of getting ready.
The more you dig in dipper, the more questions you find…
For example: Are there any special permits needed?
Is there water to be found any where, or there will be need to purify water?
What food supplies we will be able to buy in the more isolated villages?

As for the answers, they come from many sources. First of all, the internet. The net is an endless pull of information; the problem is that not all of it is in English. Fortunately, it seems like that if you use your imagination and read slowly, you can usually understand most of the Spanish you read…

Then there are people who have already been there. A lot of valuable information came from a nice American couple who paddled about the same route we plan to paddle.(they paddled further south)
Here is a link to their expedition. Great descriptions and beautiful pictures:

So, it's "viento", wind in Spanish. And the Chilean Navy weather site is full of it:

About Us

Roy Shatzki-(27) an air force officer, traveler and sea paddler. Lives in kibutz Regavim. On Arnon-(32) an engineer, outdoor instructor, and sea paddler. Lives in kibutz Gaaton in the north of Israel. Yosale Dror- (28)- sea kayak instructor at Optimist kayak club in Sdot Yam, student of Psychology, lives in kibutz Nahsholim.