Sunday, 31 August 2008

Expedition route

Well, the white line indicates the assumed paddling route. The map is very general, and the resolution is pretty low, but later on, a more detailed one will be uploaded.
The route is submitted to changes for various reasons:
Some of the channels are sometimes closed due to the Chilean Navy restrictions. Others might be better to avoid because of weather and currents. Any way, while trying to gather most of the information in advance, I believe a lot of it will only be reviled later on.
A little about what's planned…
The put in is the city of Puerto Montt. The city is a big industrial city. We hope to complete the final arrangements over there (permits, food, last minute forgotten items and so on…).

We will start paddling south, crossing to the Island of Chiloe. Then along the island's coast. Later on we will cross to the main land and head on south to San Rafael glacier.

I won't go on from there, because on the maps everything looks easy… and what I've described so far is about 750 km long…
As for the scenery, as far as we will paddle south, the less settlements we will encounter and the weather is suppose to be more stormy and windy.
If you'll take a closer look, you will see that San Rafael glacier is a dead end. There is no water way south of it.
So there will begin our first portage across Istmos De Ofqui- a narrow land strip we will need to carry our kayaks in. but only for a short distance. The Istmos has a few rivers crossing it, so we will only need to carry the kayaks for about 1.5 km to the water. From there, we will kayak down stream to the beginning of the second, longer and more demanding part- Golfo De Penas.More of that, later on…
(San Rafael Glacier photo by Frank Holden)

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.