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"11:03 am EDT Jun 27, 2005 The guys are closing in. Colin is about 700 km from Moscow, after pedaling 900 km since the last update one week back. Tim had problems with his Xtracycle, and continues without Yulya in order to travel at a faster pace. With only 60 days remaining on his Russian visa, time is of critical importance. "Communication has been quite difficult as the internet cafes and phones do not seem to work as well as advertised on the door. In some places Colin has been the first to inquire about their internet service and unfortunately that isn't a good sign." No sails, no engines - just raw human energy."
 
 
Vancouver to Moscow - A long ride home -
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"12:05 pm EDT Jun 20, 2005 They parted ways and will reunite to enter Moscow together. The latest from June 13, has it that neither party has been able to give much information about their location. The last their webmaster heard Tim had to do some maintenance on his bike and had to travel to Irkutsk to obtain parts. He and Yulya have now returned to the BAM. Colin has been riding steadily since Novosibirsk but while enroute he also had a run in with a couple of thugs. There should be a new update later today."
 
 
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"A suspect Russian "journalist" contacted ExplorersWeb last month, asking why we only published Victor's version of the North Pole logistical conflict. In fact, he implied that ExplorersWeb had a cut in Vicaar's operations. That's like accusing New York Times of having a share in Chrysler when they diss Volvo's SUV for flipping over in tests. Just about every time we give publicity to wrongdoings in the world of adventure - from bad oxygen and violent expedition leaders on Everest - to delayed flights at Antarctica, some people get upset; threatening even. Outdoor media usually hide behind the convenient policy "publish only positive news"."
 
 
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"American Baptist News Service (Valley Forge, Pa. 6/24/05)--With Xtreme Teams, cross-cultural mission service becomes an adventure for American Baptist young adults. This summer marks the eighth anniversary of Xtreme Teams. Since 1998 teams have engaged more than 100 young adults, ages 19-29, in seeking where and how God may use them in global mission. Sponsored by International Ministries, American Baptist Churches USA, two Xtreme Teams and their leaders will immerse themselves in a month-long program focused on mission outreach in the Republic of Georgia and the Dominican Republic."
 
 

 
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As I looked over the lip of the cliff at the rest of my whitewater rafting group, I contemplated the fact that that the nearest hospital was a two-day trek through the jungle. I closed my eyes and pushed off the rock, holding my breath as the cool water closed over me. I surfaced to enthusiastic applause: all we faced now were two more Class V rapids.

Rafting surging sections of the Rio Pacuare was just one of many adventures I experienced on my 14-day multisport trip through Costa Rica, from surfing the pounding crests of La Playa Grande to riding horseback from the Arenal Volcano to the Saint Elena rainforest.

For the two-day rafting portion of my trip, I signed up with Horizontes Nature Tours, an adventure sports operator based in San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital. Even the van ride to our rafting launch proved edgy; my fellow travelers and I chatted nervously as we skidded along the edges of cliffs that plunged hundreds of feet into lush canyons.

After carrying the rafts and paddles to the river’s edge we were divided into three groups. I shared my raft with Pam and Bruce, a married couple from Arizona, and our guide Manuel, a charismatic teenager who spent the greater part of our two days together yelling, “Paddle, paddle!” over the roar of the river. It was late November, and the Pacuare was swollen from the recent rainy season; Manuel ably steered us through rapids that ranged from Class II to Class V. Sensing our exhaustion, every so often Manuel pulled us off the river to lead us through small pools and waterfalls.

It was mid-afternoon by the time we arrived at the peaceful Pacuare Lodge, a collection of thatched huts nestled deep in the jungle. A simple lunch of fresh papaya and tuna salad on homemade bread was followed by a nature tour to a nearby waterfall; Manuel and the other guides pointed out numerous howler monkeys and birds en route.

After digging around the base of the falls for several small, clay-like stones, Manuel demonstrated how the Cabécar natives painted themselves startling shades of red and blue. We took turns drawing glyphs on each other, and arrived back at the lodge looking like a lost tribe.

Of course, jungle tribes rarely return to a village that includes a two-story open-air palapa, a hammock lounge and a bar serving bottomless guaro (a sweet and surprisingly potent local sugar liqueur). After dinner, we retired to the lantern-lit lounge to chat and play poker. The guaro flowed freely, and by the end of the night, a few of the guests required assistance stumbling back to their cabanas.

Despite our revelry, we awoke early the next morning to tackle a newly-installed ropes course near the lodge. The Pacuare looked even more impressive when viewed from a platform a hundred feet above ground. After a quick late-morning snack we grabbed our paddles and climbed back into the rafts. Manuel warned us that the river ahead was more treacherous than what we had already traversed, so he had enlisted another guide to help us paddle. We spent the day alternating between adrenaline-pumping rapids and quiet floating. At some points the river narrowed, and the trees above met to form a thick green canopy. Vines trailed in the water, and the calls of birds faded as we approached, then began again as we floated away. There are few places in the world where wilderness is still as palpable as it is in Costa Rica, and seated on the fringe of the forest, I sensed the press of trees and wildlife reaching out behind me for miles.

It was late afternoon when we reached the pullout. After dragging the rafts from the water, we watched the sunset while sipping beers outside a local cantina. By a stroke of luck, some of my fellow rafters had rented a car and were headed to the same destination, La Playa Grande on the Pacific coast. The next day, after a five-hour drive I was deposited outside Villa Olivia, a beach house rented by some friends for their family’s Thanksgiving celebration. After stowing my belongings in the “Zambezi room,” featuring wild animal prints on every available surface, I strolled to the water’s edge and felt the warm waves lap my feet. The moon was enormous overhead, with the only visible light flickering far down the beach in Tamarindo.

Early the next morning my friend Thayer woke me with a knock on the door, declaring, “Surf’s up!” At dinner the night before, her boyfriend Mark had regaled me with stories about the legendary surfing here. A novice surfer at best, the stories didn’t help assuage my fears; but as I took in the sweep of the beach, I figured this was as good a place to die as any. A protected sanctuary for leatherback sea turtles with limited public access, the pristine beach was dotted with only a handful of other beachgoers.

The water was startlingly warm and clear- I could see straight to the bottom almost eight feet down. After learning in the frigid waters of Northern California, it was refreshing to be surfing in only a bikini and rash guard shirt- by eight AM I could already feel the sun beating down on my hat. After waiting an inordinately long time to bolster my courage, I spotted a refreshingly small wave on the horizon and began paddling.

After four strokes, I felt the water surge beneath the board and jumped to my feet. The wave crested, and I was swept towards the beach in a rush of water and air and light; my first wave of the day, and already the best I’d ever ridden. I stepped to the back of the board as the water dissolved in white breakers, sank, and immediately turned and paddled back out, all fears now far behind me.

I had to be coaxed in from the water for lunch. After allowing the standard half-hour for digestion, we hit the water and surfed until the sun was low on the horizon. At twilight, the enormous rocks to our right cast purple shadows across the waves, and the sky glimmered with pink rays. The water deepened to navy beneath us, and as I caught the last wave in, I thought that this was as close to paradise as I had ever come.

The final leg of my journey took me to the Arenal Volcano, active since 1968 and producing huge ash columns, explosions, and glowing red lava almost every day. It was difficult to tear myself away from the beach after a week of stellar surfing; only the promise of an active volcano lured me off my board. Wanting to stay close to the action, I rented a small bungalow at the desolate base of the volcano, which I was assured was quite spectacular when not surrounded by a low-lying layer of fog.

Though the fog prevented my viewing Arenal’s lava flows and eruptions, it was still a dramatic location. Nearby, I soaked in the soothing waters of exotic Tabacon Hot Springs, and the rainforest grounds around my hotel, Cabanas Areñal Paraíso, afforded excellent birdwatching.

During my stay at the hotel, the manager arranged for me to join a group traveling by horseback to Saint Elena rainforest, situated near the more frequented Monteverde National Park. After crossing Lake Arenal in a small motorboat, we met our guides and horses; I affectionately nicknamed mine “Elmer” as he appeared to be one step away from the glue factory.

We started the ride by fording a small stream, where the water lapped at my ankles as Elmer struggled to gain footing on the slippery rock bottom. Despite his appearance, however, Elmer proved to be an avid canterer– once he got started, it proved nearly impossible to slow him down and I spent most of the ride tugging desperately at the reins while trying various Spanish-sounding versions of “Whoa!”

We rode for miles on narrow dirt paths, descending into rainforest then climbing onto bluffs that commanded spectacular views of the treetops. I was struck once again by how green and dense the countryside was, and how little civilization had encroached on this part of the country. Howler monkeys screeched indignantly from enclaves among the branches, and we kept our eyes peeled for the elusive “quetzal,” a rare bird native to the region. Lizards scuttled off the road as we approached, and as we ducked under low-hanging branches I kept my eyes peeled for brightly-colored snakes.

We emerged after several hours onto the dusty streets of Saint Elena. The air was brisk and clear and smelled of rain, and we were greeted by a rainbow arcing over the treetops. I climbed off and gave Elmer an appreciative pat on the neck.

That night as I lay in bed and felt the soreness of infrequently used muscles, I fought a wave of sadness. Two weeks were not nearly enough to experience all that Costa Rica had to offer, and I resolved to return as soon as my bank account permitted.

For information on operators and lodging, contact: Horizontes Nature Tours at www.horizontes.com; Arenal Horseback, Mountain Bike, and Canopy Tours at www.arenal.net; and Villa Olivia/Casa Mirage at La Playa Grande at www.costaricaconexion.com.

For information on additional programs and tour operators, go to the Activity Index under “Costa Rica.”

Fast Facts

* Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose, is a good starting point for trips around the country. [This might need to be changed slightly- it is in fact the only starting point, since you can’t fly directly to any other city from outside the country.] United and American Airlines fly daily to San Jose International Airport.

* Travelers visiting popular spots in Costa Rica can fly to and from San Jose for about $100 or less each way on SANSA, the domestic airline. However, surfboards are not allowed on planes. For more information, go to www.flysansa.com.

* The rainy season officially lasts from May-December; if you’re only able to arrange a visit during those months, the coasts offer your best chance for sunshine.

~originally appeared in Specialty Travel, May 2003

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When I mentioned to a friend that I was going to Patagonia, she commented that it “sounded magical, like Narnia or Oz.”

A few days later, as I stood on a bluff surveying the striking blue of Lago General Carrera, it struck me that in a way she was right. Patagonia has a completely different feel to it, a uniqueness that everyone I spoke to beforehand conveyed in hushed and reverential tones.

Every mile we traveled from our starting point, the town of Coyhaique, was like stepping further back in time, to an era when you could drink straight from a stream, gallop across an open range for miles without seeing a single sign of human life, and live solely off of what you grew and raised on your land. Wherever we went, we were generally the only people on the trail and the only boat on the lake; we traveled for miles and days without encountering another soul outside of our group.

Not that getting there was a simple matter–the principal reason Patagonia remains so remarkably different is its geographic isolation. Comprising over 300,000 square miles at the base of South America, Patagonia spans both Chile and Argentina. The local gauchos (cowboys) are said to consider themselves Patagonians above and beyond any national affiliation, and treat the area as a borderless country. Chile is one of the longest and narrowest countries in the world, measuring 2600 miles from tip to base but averaging just 100 miles from east to west. The wild terrain was carved over centuries by the gradual retreat of glaciers, some of which still cling to the tops of the highest peaks. The land is strikingly similar to Northern California, with mountaintop lakes, cypress and beech trees, and rolling moraines. The area we traveled lies almost at the bottom of the world: head much further south and you’re in Shackleton’s country viewing penguins.

The trip from San Francisco involved over twenty hours on three different planes, followed by an hour bouncing over uneven pavement in an airport van. I finally arrived in Coyhaique, exhausted and more than ready for the hot shower and hors d’oeuvres awaiting us at the lodge El Corazon de Patagonia ("The Heart of Patagonia").

After years of traveling alone to remote destinations, hitching rides and trying to decipher foreign bus schedules, it was a relief this time to hand the reins over to our guides. My friends and I had opted to go with Salvaje Corazon (Spanish for “wild heart”), a company that specializes in customized tours. Most visitors throng to Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia Sur; by traveling through the less popular Aysen region in Patagonia Norte, we hoped to avoid any tourists outside of our group.

Our band of five choose the “Heart of Patagonia” package, featuring two weeks of horseback riding, fishing, river rafting, and driving through miles of remarkable landscape. Best of all, I didn’t need to change a dime of money; the trip was all-inclusive, covering even the daunting numbers of pisco sours consumed nightly before dinner.

After spending the night at a plush fishing lodge just outside Coyhaique, we were off. We had chosen to travel in March, hoping to catch good weather and the changing foliage of Patagonia’s autumn; we were fortunate in both regards.

The recently completed Carretera Austral, which winds around granite peaks and lakes from Puerto Montt to Puerto Yungay, was a surprisingly smooth ride for a predominantly gravel road. We stopped frequently to stretch our legs and take in the stunning vistas around every bend. We arrived late in Rio Tranquillo, on the shore of Lago Chelenko and at the edge of civilization–the town marks the beginning of a new road that will eventually extend down to the ocean.

The next day, after a short drive past Lago General Carrera, we disembarked on the shores of Rio Baker for a brief whitewater rafting trip. The rapids were calm at that time of year, maxing out at a Class III. We could’ve have floated down the runs on inner tubes, had the water not been so cold–which didn’t prevent two of our group from jumping in. Our guide’s dog followed us along the banks downriver, barking excitedly. Afterwards, we basked in the warm sun and dined on a lunch of bread, thick slices of salami, and rich queso de campo–my new favorite cheese.

After an overnight stay in the Hotel Wellman in Cochrane (the booming metropolis in this part of Patagonia, with a population of 3,000) we headed for Rio Cochrane. Our guides Scott and Cado secured a boat for our day of fly-fishing.

As we motored upstream, Scott warned that fishing the Rio is notoriously tricky, since the water is so clear the fish can see you. Standing on the shore of the small island we alit on, I could clearly see fish underwater dodging among the rocks twenty feet away.

Due to my lack of expertise, I was assigned a spin reel rather than the fly-fishing rods the rest of my group was plying. And yet despite my incompetence, I managed to catch my first fish, a good-sized trout, only an hour into the day.

We reconvened on a small sandy beach for another delicious picnic lunch: more queso de campo on crackers, juicy tomatoes, lunch meat, and cookies. After lunch we tried a different spot, then puttered slowly back to shore, trolling lines behind us as we went. By the end of the day, three of our group had caught fish.

After a short drive the next morning, we arrived on the banks of Lago Cochrane and were given the choice of a boat ride or a hike to the farm “Buena Vista” where we’d be spending the next few days. The two-hour hike wound over small hills that in the fog were reminiscent of the Scottish moors. The air was so clean you could almost taste it.

Buena Vista appeared over the crest of a hill, a cluster of small maroon buildings nestled at the foot of the hills next to the lake. Our approach startled a herd of llamas that Scott explained were used as pack animals. Our hostess Freni, a lovely Swiss woman, has lived at Buena Vista for over twenty years. The houses were modeled after Spanish villas, and were handcrafted with materials hauled piece by piece over the mountains long before the Carretera Austral was created.

The farm was almost completely self-sustaining: electricity was generated by running a mountain stream through pipes into a turbine, well-maintained gardens and orchards supplied food, and herds of sheep, cattle, goats, and llamas provided everything else. (Although Freni did admit to buying sugar, coffee, and flour in town once a month.)

For the next two days and nights, we rode horses and hiked the slopes surrounding the farm, fished in Lago Cochrane, and enjoyed the hospitality and phenomenal home-cooking of Freni. We slept in one of the small cabins on the property, an adorable little hut with a loft bed and a wood-burning stove. In the mornings, we were awakened by the sounds of sheep and cows making their way to the Lago. It was magical.

On the morning of our third day, Lucho, a bona-fide Chilean cowboy, arrived with our horses for the ride to our next destination. Lucho and his wife, Lucy, owned a remote farm situated a two-day horseback ride away across miles of isolated terrain, with a night of camping out in the middle. This marked our first true day of riding, and we all wore bike shorts under our jeans to stave off the inevitable soreness.

We galloped across miles of open range, with craggy mountains and glaciered peaks looming in the distance. The countryside resembled California a century ago as we forded creeks and streams and wound our way up steep wooded paths.

At the end of the day, we sat around the campfire discussing the fact that we hadn’t seen a single sign of human existence aside from the path we traveled. We passed a wineskin around and took long gulps to wash down the pasta and Freni’s freshly baked bread.

The next morning, we awoke to what sounded like thunder all around us. Callaghan and I opened the flap of our tent to discover a herd of wild horses drawn to the glen by our mounts. They dashed away with their manes flowing behind them, led by an enormous grey stallion. Fall was in full flush, and the forests we rode through later gleamed red and orange and gold.

Shortly after lunch we passed an ox-cart being driven by a young woman, who waved and smiled. We arrived in mid-afternoon at the farm and were greeted by Lucy and several dogs and chickens.

After pitching our tents in a small field, we went for a short hike through the woods to the base of a glacier. I was struck by how blue the ice was. We lunched on enormous white rocks lining the river created by glacial runoff.

That night we enjoyed a traditional Chilean asado a palo, feasting on a lamb that Lucho roasted on a spit over the fire. We sang campfire songs and washed down the meat and salad with copious amounts of red wine.

We closed out our trip with a stay at San Valentine, a lovely stone house perched on the shores of Rio Baker. Jagged black mountains stood out in relief at sunset, behind a miniature replica of the Golden Gate Bridge that spanned the river.

We fished directly off the back patio in the morning, after an incredible breakfast of homemade fruit pastry, pancakes, and coffee. Having no luck there, we motored across the river in a small boat to try the opposite shore.

I caught a small rainbow trout, but released it since lunch was almost prepared: enormous juicy sausages roasted over a fire, complete with more homemade bread and cheese.

It was with sadness that we returned the next day to the small airfield in Coyhaique. Even the few cars we encountered on the road were startling after two weeks in the wilderness. As our plane rose above the peaks, we bid farewell to one of the last remaining magical places on the planet.

Patagonia Guide Service / Salvaje Corazon can be reached via their website, www.salvajecorazon.com, or by phone in the United States at 415-668-3738, or in Chile at: Phone: 011-56-67-21 14 88; Fax: at 011-56-67-23 74 90.

Travel Tips


* American Airlines, Delta, and LanChile all fly to Santiago, Chile from various U.S. gateways. A connecting flight to the Balmaceda/Coyhaique airport is available through LanChile. For more information, go to http://ww.aa.com, www.delta.com, and www.lanchile.com.

* As Patagonia lies in the Southern Hemisphere, the ideal time for a visit is from early January to mid-March–their summer.

* Travelers should pack layers of clothing, as temperatures can vary widely. Bring rain gear just in case; a plastic poncho should more than suffice.

~originally appeared in Specialty Travel, July 2003

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