The Futaleufú river is at relatively low altitude (1,300 ft dropping to 60 ft above sea level) mountain environment 53 miles inland from the ocean. Storms can blow in quickly bringing with them cold rainy spells. The sun can also be very intense for several weeks in a row.
The Futaleufú, Fuy, Espolon and Manso are all lake-fed rivers and not that cold except in the Spring. The Azul is cold as it is fed from snow and ice fields high in the Azul valley. Kayakers generally will only need a dry top with a layer of smartwool and a pair of neoprene or fuzzy shorts to be on the river. If you are susceptible to cold or are paddling early or late season - you should consider a dry suit on a rainy day.
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River shoes (Astral) or (Chacos)
Wool Socks Men - Women
Hydroskin river shorts Men - Women
Nylon or Lycra swim suit
Thick Long sleeve hydroskin or smartwool shirt
Thin Long sleeve hydroskin or smartwool shirt
Hydroskin or Smart Wool pants (1)
Cap, Sun hat, or visor (to wear under the helmet for sun protection)
Paddling Gloves (for blister and sun protection
(1) Optional camp towel for when you get off the river
General Clothing (some of these items can be worn to Chile on the plane.)
Lightweight waterproof hiking boots. (you can wear these on the plane)
Wool or fleece hat
(3) Pair Wool socks mens womens
(1-2) Hiking shorts mens womens
(1) Long pants nice for the plane
(1-2) Trail pants outdoors mens womens
(2-) Long sleeved shirts one to be worn on the plane.
(1-) Pile jacket or wool sweater mens womens
Water/windproof Gore tex jacket or poncho mens womens
Water/windproof pants (recommended, optional) mens womens
Hanging small shower kit
Hairbrush or comb
Toothpaste, toothbrush, dental floss
Small biodegradable bar of soap & shampoo
Sunscreen (Waterproof 50 spf minimum)
Lip balm containing sun block
Extra contact lens and enough lens liquid and cleaning solution. Some people have found that wearing light-weight, sturdy, plastic glasses helps protect their contacts from being flushed out by the big waves.
Personal first aid kit that includes:
EpiPen Anaphylaxis kit if you have severe reactions to bee stings
Your own prescription medications
Antihistamine for anyone with allergies
Vitamins if you take them
A few simple Band-Aids
Adhesive Tape (for blisters) or NuSkin (optional, for blisters)
Small Pepto Bismol (bottle or tablet)
Tampons or sanitary napkins (enough for the entire trip)
Extra contact lens and enough lens liquid and cleaning solution. Some people have found that wearing light-weight, sturdy plastic glasses helps protect their contacts from being flushed out by the big waves.
Optional,you may choose to bring a prescription antibiotic. Consult your doctor.
Floating Retainer Leashes for Sunglasses
Headlamp Waterproof Storm
Cell phone with camera with whatsapp. Enroute guidance for your route saved on it.
Optional Lifeproof Case for you cell phone turns it into a waterproof camera
PayPal account for tips and for paying for online bus tickets or services in Chile or Argentina.
Money belt RFID Blocking Travel Wallet Passport Holder
Charge card and US dollars to exchange.
US Drivers License
Printed enroute guidance
Soft Duffel with shoulder straps
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