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Expediciones Chile:
Classic Kayak Videos

Take a stroll down memory lane on our web page devoted to classic kayak videos. We will update the page a few times a month as more long-boat, old school historical footage becomes available.

Grand Canyon of the Stikine - 1998 Descent

Description: Rob Lesser returns
to the Grand Canyon of the Stikine with Gerry Moffatt , Reggie Crist, Doug Ammons, Charlie Munsey, and Wink Jones. In the eighteen years since Rob Lesser's first descent ony eleven other paddlers have completed a successful run of the Grand Canyon of the Stikine. Featuring: Entry Falls, Wasson's Hole, Guard Dog, The Hole that at Chicago, The Hole that ate the Hole, Site Zed, and Gerry Moffatt's epic run and close call at Scissors. View more videos on National Geographic Video.

Grand Canyon of the Stikine - 1998 Descent (aired in 2000)


PaddleQuest - World Kayak Adventure 1996 (Full Version)

Description: Chile to Alaska the Ultimate Quest for Whitewater Action
Time stands still when "PaddleQuest" joins the world class athletes of the TIMEX Expedition Team on a transcontinental quest in search of the ultimate whitewater ride. This journey will take you from the turquoise waters of the dam threatened Futaleufu, to the spectacular "River Wild" waterfalls of the Kootenai. You'll witness record-level runs down Devil's Canyon of the Susitna and feel what it is like to stare directly down a kayak at an Alaskan Brown Bear. Move over Lewis and Clark; step aside Columbus. Make way for today's hottest boaters on an epic expedition that won't soon be forgotten, "PaddleQuest".

Starring: Dan Gavere, Corran Addison, Chris Spelius, Dean Cummings, Tommy Moe, Grant Amaral, Brennan Guth, Bernd Sommer, Arnd Schaeftlein, Jamie Simon, Adan Shandro and Mark Brown and friends. MUSIC: Blind Melon, Blue Hawaiians, I Mother Earth, LIR, The Mudsharks, The Samples, The Radiators, Ugly Americans. Rivers: CHILE: Futaleufu, Rio Fuy, Rio Plaquin, IDAHO- Lochsa, North Fork of the Payette, MONTANA- Swan River Mad Mile, Clark Fork, Kootenai Falls, Yaak, ALASKA- Devil's Canyon Susitna, Talkeetna, Six Mile Canyon, and Ingram Falls Creek.

Produced by Robbe and Dave, Polar Bear Productions

PaddleQuest - World Kayak Adventure 1996


Stikine River Gorge - 1981 (aired 1985)

Description: The American Sportsman
television coverage of the first descent of the Grand Canyon of the Stikine in 1981 (aired 1985). The descent was led by Rob Lesser with Don Banducci, Lars Holbek, Rick Fernall and John Wasson. Featuring: Entry Falls , Wicked Wanda, Wasson's Hole, Site Z (zed), and the Tanzilla Confluence .

Stikine River Gorge - 1981, American Sportsman (aired 1985)


Local News Coverage of the First Legal Niagara River Gorge Descent

Description: In addition to ABC's coverage on The American Sportsman, the descent was also featured on some of the local television news shows. Check out the interviews of Chris Spelius, Ken Lagergren and others, as well as some epic kayak footage.

News Footage - Niagara River Gorge Descent

First Legal Descent of the Niagara River

Description: The Niagara River Gorge was first kayaked by Ken Lagergren and Chris Spelius in 1978. The descent was illegal and involved an epic and harrowing swim by one of the kayakers. A record of the event was captured on some grainy homemade 8mm film that eventually made its way to the desk of one of the producers of ABC's The American Sportsman. In 1981 ABC arranged for a repeat of the performance that was turned into a 30 minute television documentary. A text version of the story can be found here: Niagara River Kayak Descent

First Legal Descent of the Niagara River

Triple Crown - Bio Bio, Fuy, Futaleufu

Description: In 1993 this video captured first prize in the annual National Paddling Film Festival in Lexington, Kentucky. It covers a Kayak Safari Trip in Chile featuring the Rio Bio Bio, Rio Fuy and Rio Futaleufu. Many who see this video still comment on the quality of the plot and video production. It really captures the essence of what it is like to paddle in Chilean Patagonia.

Triple Crown
Patagonia Safari 1993 Patagonia Safari 1993

PaddleQuest - 1996 - Chile (Chile Segment Only)

Description: In 1996 PaddleQuest took the kayak community by storm. It was a seminal work which virtually spawned the kayak video industry. PaddleQuest is often called the "Endless Summer" of paddling videos - and did for kayaking what Endless Summer did for surfing. See the Chilean portion here:

PaddleQuest 1996 - Chile Segment

The Extremists

Description: In 1995 "The Extremists" television series profiled Chris Spelius, Expediciones Chile and the Futaleufu River. Experience Chile 1990s style in this old-school video.

The Extremists - Futaleufu

Also offered at the Patagonia South Kayak School: Beginning Kayak Instruction, Intermediate Paddling Instruction, Advanced Paddling School Courses. How to Roll a Kayak clinics and private kayak instruction.

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Rafting Chile on the Rio Futaleufu
Chile & Argentina Adventure Travel. Rafting Chile & Argentina Kayaking.
Torres del Paine and FitzRoy trips.

Patagonia Travel Information
Argentina Chile & Patagonia travel information. Secrets of Patagonia Tour on our website.

Chile Rafting on the Futaleufu
Whitewater rafting in Chile from our weatherproof Futaleufu lodge.
Patagonia Climate Info
Information about the Patagonia climate and seasons in Patagonia, Chile & Argentina.
Sea Kayaking Chile
Sea Kayaking Chile from the Andes to the Ocean on Lago Yelcho. Fjords, hotsprings, temperate rainforest.

Yoga Travel VacationsTry your favorite multisport activities during a yoga travel vacation.

Fly Fishing Chile
Fly fishing Chile, from our fly fishing ranch or lodge in Chilean Patagonia. Trips on Lago Yelcho.
EcoTours in Patagonia
Custom ecotours of the Futaleufu Valley that include bird watching and nature treks.
Chile Trekking in Patagonia
Trekking Patagonia in Torres del Paine, Cerro FitzRoy and Los Glaciares National Parks.
University of Futaleufu
Checkout the instructional, large group and corporate programs we offer.

Horseback Riding Vacations
Horseback Riding Vacations and Equestrian holidays with with Guachos & Criollo Horses.

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Information on travel agent discounts and commisssions from Expediciones Chile.
Skiing Chile Head south in July and August for summer powder in the Andes. Skiing Chile, Patagonia and Argentina. Swiftwater Rescue Training Thinking about a rafting guide job on the Futaleufu? Check out our whitewater guide school & swiftwater rescue training course.
Patagonia Canyoning and rappelling vacations.
Raft Guide Jobs 
Outdoor employment opportunities in rafting, kayaking and fly fishing. Internships available.
Kayaking Chile
Rio Futleufu whitewater kayaking Chile in the spectacular Patagonia
Mountain Bike Tour
Experience a genuine Patagonia mountain bike tour through Chilean Patagonia.
Kayak School
Learn to kayak and get world class kayak instruction from our kayak school.
Futaleufu Guidebook
Take a detailed and interactive tour of the rapids of the Futaleufu Valley with our online Futaleufu Guidebook.
Rafting en el Río Futaleufú
con las mejores aguas blancas de clase mundial (5,4,3,). Kayak de mar, mountain biking, cabalgatas, sit-on-top kayaking cayoning, caminatas, pesca con mosca y mucho más aventuras podrás encontrar en el corazón de la patagonia Chilena, y desde el comfort de nuestro nativo y caluroso Hotel. Rafting en lel Río Futaleufú en Español.

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