Mountain sport with chilenos

Trip Start Oct 13, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Chile  , Lake District,
Friday, March 26, 2010

Puerto Montt, Outdoor store. Pablo and Camillo invite Tony and me for rapelling at Mount Cabuco. Ensanada in the bus. Jose and Sandra invite us to stay at their Canopy gound and play Tarzan at night. Puerto Montt harbour. The chef cook of a hotel invites us to join him to the fishmarked. Almost. How nice are people in Chile???

We skip our plans of a few-day hike trek in Nationalpark Vicente Perez Rosales to see how local people live here: they are crazy for outdoor sports. So are we.
Puerto Varas at Lago Llanquihue is a perfect place to enter to sourrounding national parks and Volcanos. Special suggestion: bring some fresh salmon from Puerto Monttīs fishmarket. Amazing Salmon and amazingly cheap, 3 euros per kg.

If you go to Puerto Varas you have to visit itīs famous waterfall. Not too amazing, or "the water does not really fall" as Neill, a friend from the Navimag explains. It looks like a tube. And this idea was used by some chilenos we met on our way back to Puerto Varas. A thick wet suit, harness, rope, and a lot of courage is all you need to go along the sharp stones of those tubes, with the speed of a waterfall. No way to control. Is this safe? Can we offer this for adventure tourism? Those guys tested it out..and as the backpack with the rope slid down the waterfall (before them), they might have realized its dangers.

Km 39. We are sitting in the Canopy office. Jose and Sandra live in a tent and are building a tree-house, a massive tree house with 2 floors, supported by 4 pine trees. Their forest lead directly to the beach, we took a bath at sunset with a charming view onto glowing Volcano Osorno, before flying inbetween the tallest trees like Tarzan. Canoping at night with special effects. Jose s unexpected jumps of the rope.
Delightful nippels.. Kuchen (and that s a chilean name for a cake) and tasty blackberries on the way when riding the rented mountainbike. Sendero Solitario. First almost unpassable and throughout spectacular, if your chain can take it.

Mount Cabuco. We drove to a waterfall with Pablo and Camilo. After 5 min walking we reached the massive fall, the cameras covered with drops. Not really sure how to rapel we decided to make a pittoresque detour to the foot of Mount Cabuco and rapel down a cliff. Just like abseiling after climbing, only that it is all in your hands. We decided to take a shortcut and a special knot (see the pics) should take us down and the rope afterwards. Slip-knots. Twisted rope, at least the knot was the right one. The waterfall: We peered over the edge of the cliff - the rope is to short. You get confident in rapelling quite fast, but everything changes if you are standing on top of a 45m waterfall. My hands prickle. The edge is an overhang, once being down the first meters you hang in the air. It is a beauty, to your left the waterfall, behind you the great view. We made it down. Or lets say in the trees :)

Thank you Chile!

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