Our 23 year history is the foundation of Earth River Expeditions. The following time line includes; company initiated river conservation projects, relevent first descents and exploratories, awards, televison pieces and magazine features.
Jan. 1989 - Earth River is incorporatedAug. 1989 - Ran first (ever) raft descent of Quebec's class 4 Magpie River (Expedition leader, Eric Hertz)Aug. 1990 - Ran first commercial descent of Magpie RiverDec. 1990 - Ran first raft and commercial descent of Chiapas Mexico's Lacanja River (Expedition leader. Eric Hertz)May 1991 - Scouted (by float plane) 6 major rivers in Quebec threatened by the James Bay Hydro project, looking for a river to run conservation awareness trips on. (James Bay hydro-electric project threatened 11 major rivers in Quebec, proposing to flood over 2,000 square miles) (see library)Jan. 1991 - Ran first (ever) complete raft and commercial descent of Patagonia Chile's Futaleufu River (Expedition leader, Eric Hertz). Mar. 1991 - Teamed up with Natural Resources Defense Council to run conservation awarness expedition on Bio Bio River in Chile (see library)Aug. 1991 - Aug. 1993 - Sponsored and ran 8 conservation awareness trips on Great Whale River in Quebec to expose policy makers and media to the threats from the James Bay Hydro project. Participants included Robert Kennedy, The Natural resources Defense Council, The National Audubon Society, Members of the Cree First nation and Grand Chief, National Geographic Magazine, Conde Naste Traveler, Turner Broadcasting, Nicolodian and politicians from New York and New England who were negotiating to purchase power from the James Bay project. (see library for articles)Jan. 1992 - Ran the first season on Futaleufu. A newly purchased property served as a base camp which solved the problem of trying to row heavy gear boats down the river. Oct. 1992 - Great Whale river conservation participants, Senator Franz Leichter and Assemblyman William Hoyt hold Legislative hearings in New York against James Bay Project. Assemblyman Hoyt proposes legislation in New York legislature to stop the project. New York Governor Mario Cuomo pulls out of the 13 billion dollar James Bay Hydro-electric contract dealing the project serious blow.Dec. 1992 - Santiago, Chile native, Robert Currie, becomes partner in Earth River. (partnership from 1992 until present is based on handshake)May 1992 - Ran first commercial descent of California's class 5 Middle Fork of the Feather River to raise funds for Earth River conservation projects.Jan. 1993 - Ran conservation awareness trip on Bio Bio River with Chilean actors, artists and media. Feb. 1993 - Men's Journal Magazine features Earth River on FutaleufuFeb. 1993 - Introduced the safety cataraft on the Futaleufu River (First time catarafts had been used this way)Dec. 1993 - present (ongoing) - Founded Earth River Land Trust on Futaleufu River to help ensure the Futaleufu did not meet the same destructive fate as the Bio Bio River to the north which was decimated when a land speculator aquired most of the property along the river and sold to the power company who built a series of dams. To date the conservancy has protected over 13 of the most spectacular and dramatic miles of the Futalefu from dams and other adverse development.May 1993 - Ran first commercial descent of class 5 Generation Gap section of California's North Fork of the American to raise funds for Earth River conservation projects. Feb. 1994 - Purchased Mapu Leufu Cliff Camp on FutaleufuMay 1994 - Ran the first (ever) commercial raft descent of Peru's Colca Canyon (the deepest walled Canyon in the world) (Expedition leader, Mark Kocina)Oct. 1994 - Quebec Premier Jacques Parizeau announced that the James Bay Hydroelectric project would be abandoned.Nov. 1994 - Purchased the now world reknowned Cave Camp on the FutaleufuDec. 1994 - Introduced the first multi-sport expeditions in the Futaleufu ValleyJan. 1995 - Purchased the Terminador Camp on the Futaleufu.Feb. 1995 - Took ABC Sports down Futaleufu to shoot special featuring Earth River guide Beth RypinsJuly 1995 - Scouted two river systems in Labrador looking for a place to bring media to gain attention to the sonic booms from Nato jet fly overs that were destroying the bush culture of the Innu native culture.Nov. 1995 - Began running commercial trips on China's Great Bend of the Yangtze. June 1996 - National Geographic (yellow) Magazine and National Geographic Explorer television feature Earth River on first descent of Tibet's 8,000 foot deep class Shuiluo Canyon (Expedition leader, Joe Dengler) (see library)Feb. 1997 - ESPN/Men's Journal Earth River television special on Futaleufu airsJun 1997 - Week long trip to help Ouj Bougoumou Cree look for a river in their territory to do adventure travel on. July 1997 - Ran first (ever) raft and commercial descent of the Yukon Territory's Primrose River (Expedition leader, Eric Hertz)Aug. 1997 - Begin running commercial clients on Tibet's upper Yangtze RiverApril 1998 - Earth River partner, Robert Currie Sr. takes two van loads of local Futaleufu farmers on week long trip to visit the Bio Bio River River dam site to show them what could happen to their river and valley. Some of people are reduced to tears when they see the destruction. July 1998 - Sunday Boston Globe features Earth River on the Futaleufu (see Futaleufu library)Jan. 1999 - Outside Magazine cover photo of Earth River's Futaleufu tripMay 1999 - Purchased Tree House Camp on Futaleufu Sept. 1999 - Ran first (ever) descent of unknown Yosemite like valley Headwall Canyon in British Columbia with tributary waterfalls as high as 2,000. (Expedion leader, Eric Hertz)Oct. 1999 - Ran first (ever) descent of Tibet's class 5 Po Tsang Po (Robert Currie, expedition leader) (see library)Nov. 2000 - Nov. 2003 - www.Earthriver.com wins Forbes Magazine's ""Best of the Web"" for Adventure Travel May 2000 - Organized and ran conservation awareness trips on New Foundland's Main River, threatened by the clearcutting of it's old growth froest. July 2000 - Ran conservation awareness trip through Headwall Canyon threatened by clear cut logging. Expedition members include: National Geographic, Actor, Richard Dean Anderson, Chief of the Klahoose First Nation and the Natural Resources Defense Council Nov. 2000 - National Geographic Explorer television features Earth River doing Headwall CanyonJan. 2001 - Discovery Channel special "Don't Forget Your Passport" airs, featuring Earth River on FutaleufuFeb. 2001 - American Airlines Magazine (American Way) features Earth River on Futaleufu River (see Futaleufu library)Dec. 2002 - National Geographic Adventure Magazine features Earth River on first sea kayaking expedition into the remote Lakes of Patagonia, Chile (see library)June, 2003 - www.earthriver.com wins World Web Award for adventure travelOct. 2003 - Outside Magazine feature on Earth River's Futaleufu trip. (see Futaleufu library)Aug. 2004 - Ran conservation awareness trip on Magpie River threatened by a series of dams. Participants included; Canadian Media, environmental groups and National Geographic Adventure Magazine.(see library)March 2005 - Ran conservation awareness trip on Futaleufu River with, Robert Kennedy Jr., celebrities (John Mcrenroe, Julia Louis Dryfus and Dan Aykroid), members of the Chilean business community and Chilean Senator Antonio Horvath (head of the Chilean senate environmental environmental commission)Nov. 2005 - Town and Country Magazine features Earth River on the Futaleufu (see library)May 2006 - The New York Times features Earth River's Futaleufu trip (see library)July 2008 - A group of land speculators launch a series of legal challenges to the titles of a number of Earth River conservation properties on the Futaleufu including the world renown Cave Camp at Zeta Rapid.May 2009 - Ran first (ever) raft and commerciasl descent of Peru's class 4 Yavero River. (expedition leader, Robert Currie)June 2010 - Robert Currie Jr. graduates from Law school in Chile and becomes a partner in Earth River.June - Nov. 2010 - Earth River partner, Robert Currie Sr., travels throughout Chile and Patagonia galvanizing support for a water borne invasive species protection act. His efforts culminated in a week long governmnet sponsored seminar attended by Chilean policy makers, the media and scientists from around the world. Out of the conference comes a commitment from the Chilean Senate to educate the public about the problem and the passing legislation to protect the rivers, streams and lakes of Chile and Patagonia. Sept. 2010 - Robert Currie Jr. passes the law bar in Chile and travels to U.S. for 8 months to work with Robert Kennedy Jr. on River Keeper issues.April. 2011 - Earth River wins 3 year legal battle with land speculators fighting to steal Cave Camp property, ensuring this stunning natural treasure will be placed in the land trust to remain forever wild. May 2011 - Robert Currie Jr. travels back to Chile and forms the first River Keeper in Patagonia on the Futaleufu River www.futaleufuriverkeeper.com . The River Keeper will be dedicated to the preservation of the Futaleufu River and Valley.May 2013 - Earth River partner, Robert Currie Jr. completes a masters of law degree (LLM) from Columbia University. 2013 - Earth River does a second exploratory trip to the Po Tsangpo in Tibet and decides to offer the trip commercially in 2014
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