"The Chilean white-water expert Roberto Currie, made an expeditionary first descent of the Futaleufu in 1991 and figued how to safely navigate what today is one of the most intensive stretches of commercially rafted white-water rapids in the world."The New York Times
Robert is a native of Santiago, Chile. After finishing his formal education, he ran his family's farm in the Chilean Lake District. In 1990 he began managing Earth River's Chile operations, joining the company as a partner two f years later. He has rafted on five continents and has done exploratories in Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Africa, China, Tibet, Patagonia, Quebec and British Columbia. He led the first descent of China's Po Tsang Po featured in National Geographic Adventure and co-led the first rafts descents Patagonia's Futaleufu and Peru's Yavero helping to open all three river up to commercial expeditions. He has been featured in Outside Magazine, Town and Country, National Geographic Adventure and the New York Times and on, ESPN, PBS and The Discovery Channel.
Upon discovering plans to dam the Futaleufu and realizing that the local farmers along the river had no idea what that meant, Robert loaded up two vans with local farmers (most had never been out of the area) on a week long trip up to see what had happened to the Bio Bio. Seeing what was left of the once spectacular Bio Bio Valley left many of them in tears. When they returned to Futaleufu the group spoke of what they had witnessed to the entire community in the school gym. Robert then organized members of the community in an unsuccessful bid for the river's water rights which were granted to the power company, Endessa.
Robert and his partner, Eric Hertz, started the the Earth River Land Trust on the Futaleufu which to date has protected over 20 kilometers of the river's most sensitive and spectacular shoreline. He has participated in numerous conservation awareness expeditions in Chile, Quebec and British Columbia as well as led a number of conservation trips on the Futaleufu with Chilean and U.S. media, influential Chilean citizens and policy makers, American actors and the Natural Resources Defense Council. These trips resulted in a number of press conferences in Santiago exposing the Chilean people to the threats to this national treasure. In 2006 Robert started a local guide internship program on the Futaleufu which has trained and produced a number of qualified and accomplished Futaleufu river guides from the Futaleufu area. Working with Senator Antonio Horvath, the head of the Chilean Senate environmental committee, Robert was instrumental in bringing awareness to the Chilean government about the dangers from water borne invasive species like Didymo that adversely impact rivers, streams and lakes destroying fisheries and tourism. In the near future the Chilean Senate will be considering an invasive species protection act for Chile thanks in part to Roberts efforts.
Robert is tri-lingual, knows the natural and cultural history of Chile and the Futaleufu Valley and along with his son, Robert Jr. leads Earth River's Expeditions on the Futaleufu.
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