Jacob Scherr, Dir. of Global Strategy, NRDC

“Earth River is more than a great whitewater outfitter. Their contributions have made a real difference in our efforts to preserve some of the world's most beautiful rivers in Chile and Canada."

OUTSIDE MAGAZINE

“The absolute mastery of Robert Currie guiding in the back of the raft made every element of the Futaleufu river seem heightened, perfected, colorized, almost virtual."

MATHEW MUKASH, GRAND CHIEF OF THE CREE

"I want to personally thank Earth River for helping us stop the hydro-electric projects on our land preventing the destruction of one of North America's last great wildernesses."

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE

“I’ve rafted with Eric Hertz down some tough rivers—the Futaleufu in Chile, the Colca in Peru. He's one of the best in the business—obsessed with safety."

ROBERT KENNEDY JR.

“Eric Hertz and Robert Currie have devoted their lives and their company’s resources to saving some of the world’s last great white-water, wilderness rivers."

ESPN TELEVISION

"Earth River is the premier river runner in the world. Their staff includes the finest guides to be found."

Photos by Carr Clifton © all rights reserved www.carrclifton.com

CAVE CAMP

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Nights (2):   (Mon. & Wed.)

Type: Wilderness/Remote centered around Zeta Rapid VIEW

Arrival time: Mon. - 3:00 PM & Wed. -  10:00 AM

Access: River (rafting) and hiking/horse/bike trail

Area: 1 mile private river front in upper canyon

Brief Description: Located at the Futaleufu’s most spectacular rapid, Zeta, this magical, wild landscape is the most diverse and wondrous river camp in the world. A myriad of gorgeous trails and aerial wooden sky bridges connect a rugged landscape of striking natural features like native stone shelters, river carved hot tubs and granite towers with the camps amenities and nearly a dozen, diverse adventure activities.  Because an afternoon and night are not enough to take in all the camp has to offer, we stay there an additional day and night. The view of the camp from the Tree House Camp trail looks like a scene from Avatar. VIEW

"The Cave Camp is a natural, adult-size playground. Like a grown-up version of a tree fort, it's the type of never-never land that would make Peter Pan and Lost Boys jealous. Aside from the novelty of a hot tub naturally carved into the granit ledge around Zeta Rapid, the camp also boasts miles of trails, stone shelters, hand-hewn wooden cliff dwellings and beautiful crystalline pools. Not to mention a 300 foot granite tower climb, two-stage rappel and a giant stone shelter" VIEW

- American Way (American Airlines Magazine)

 

FEATURES:

Zeta Rapid: Scenic heart of camp where entire river slices through narrow, z shaped granite mini canyon. VIEW

Stone tub: River carved, heart shaped, 10 person hot tub along side Zeta Rapid. VIEW

Casa Piedra (House of Stone): 1,600 sq. foot native stone shelter with natural sky lights that is used for dining in inclement weather. VIEW The fireplace drafts ther smoke through a natural chimney in a fifty foot crack in the roof. VIEW

Tower of the Winds: 300 foot granite climbing/rappelling tower, requiring a three part technical rock climb. The view from the top of this gigantic natural tri-pod is one of the grandest on the river. VIEW

Knife’s Edge: Narrow granite ridge jutting out from Tower of the Winds, offering the river's most spectacular view. VIEW Participants clipp in to a cable in order to safely venture out on the sheer 300 foot granit flake. VIEW

Laguito Azule: Deep, translucent azure/teal colored, Japanese garden like pond/lake set within sheer walls with kayaks, multiple cliff jumps. VIEW A Huck Finn raft crossing across Laguito Azul connects the Tower of the Winds with the sleeping and dining areas. VIEW

Lost Beach: Beautiful, secluded beach on a calm, deep inlet within a bowl of giant white boulders. VIEW VIEW 

Cliffside dining area: Giant, natural stone terrace with tables, benches and stunning views of Tower of the winds and Zeta Rapid. VIEW

Sky bridges: Hand hewn aerial bridges that connect camp amenities, activities and natural features. VIEW

Cliffside hot tub: 16 person hand-hewn hot tub and deck, with breath taking view of Zeta Rapid. VIEW

Cliff dwellings: 14 hand-hewn, wooden dwellings with stunning views of Zeta Rapid. VIEW Each dwelling looks at the river's most spectacular rapid from it's own unique angle. VIEW

"I couldn’t believe all the things there are to do at Cave Camp! Someone asked me which activity I liked the best. I enjoyed the tyrolean and zip line but climbing the tower and seeing the panoramic view from on top was the highlight." 

- Anne Ehlers, Futaeufu guest 2002

 

ACTIVITIES:

Rock climbing: 3 stage, 300 foot, technical rock climb on rope up Tower of the Winds.
(beginner to expert)

Rappelling: Two stage (with mid station ledge), 300 foot rappel off sheer 300 foot north wall of the Tower of the Winds. VIEW A guide (wearing red in next photo) waits on a ledge to swich participants to a second rope.  VIEW

Cliff jumping: 10 to 45 foot cliff jump into the deep, aerated (soft) pool below Zeta Rapid.  There is also a 20 foot jump into the translucent blue water of Laguito Azul. VIEW 

Tyrollean River Crossing: Rope river crossing over class 6 Zeta Rapid (first part of hike to Tree House Camp)

Zip Line: The final leg of the return from Tree House Camp, is a downhill, high-wire glide over the river and a plunge into the Turquoise pool below Zeta rapid. VIEW

Hiking: Miles of remote hiking trails, linked by hand-hewn wooden sky bridges and signs VIEW to Lost Beach, Tower of the Winds, Laguito Azul and the camp's other unique features. VIEW

Kayaking: Flat water paddling beneath the sheer 300 north wall of Tower of the Winds on Laguito Azul.

Fishing: Marvellous fishing at  Lost beach and the rarely casted area between class 6 Zeta and Throne Room Rapids.

Swimming: In Laguito Azul (Blue Lake) and at Lost Beach.

Forbes Magazine & Yahoo recently co-wrote a story on the world's ten most beautiful rivers. The Futaleufu was one of two whitewater rivers included. Both photographs selected for the Futaleufu were the heart of the Earth River Cave Camp, Zeta Rapid, where our guests spend two days and two nights. VIEW

 


 

 

 

Jacob Scherr, Dir. of Global Strategy, NRDC

“Earth River is more than a great whitewater outfitter. Their contributions have made a real difference in our efforts to preserve some of the world's most beautiful rivers in Chile and Canada."

OUTSIDE MAGAZINE

“The absolute mastery of Robert Currie guiding in the back of the raft made every element of the Futaleufu river seem heightened, perfected, colorized, almost virtual."

MATHEW MUKASH, GRAND CHIEF OF THE CREE

"I want to personally thank Earth River for helping us stop the hydro-electric projects on our land preventing the destruction of one of North America's last great wildernesses."

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE

“I’ve rafted with Eric Hertz down some tough rivers—the Futaleufu in Chile, the Colca in Peru. He's one of the best in the business—obsessed with safety."

ROBERT KENNEDY JR.

“Eric Hertz and Robert Currie have devoted their lives and their company’s resources to saving some of the world’s last great white-water, wilderness rivers."

ESPN TELEVISION

"Earth River is the premier river runner in the world. Their staff includes the finest guides to be found."

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