Dear Earth River,

Even though I’m a correspondent for Outside Magazine—I’m on the masthead—I am frightened of everything. That’s my baliwack at the magazine. In fact they send me to do things that scare the hell out of me (for some sick comedy effect). But nothing seemed as terrifying to me as rafting the Futaleufu. The minute I accepted the assignment, I regretted it. I spent the weeks leading up to the departure, crossing Manhatten streets a little less energetically, in hopes that a cab might hit me and break my leg and get me out of it.


So how extraordinary is it when I say what an amazing trip I had with Earth River on the Futaleufu. The word I heard over and over throughout the week was “exhilarating”, and it’s apt, certainly, but actually not strong enough. The color of the water, the crazy volume, the roar and the velocity of the ride.

There was an amazing variety to the week, your stunning, private camps, all different from one another, but all surprisingly and ingeniously comfortable - from the Arcadian, lost-boys hideaway of Cave Camp, to the truly fantastical dwellings up in the canopy of the forest of the Tree House Camp, to spires rising from the turquoise water at Mapu Leufu. The food was great. Now when I watch the video of the trip, I can pick out my face in the raft, against the barreling froth. I frankly can’t believe I ever managed to do it, but I’m supremely glad I did. I’d go back for the view of the stars alone.

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“Eric Hertz has devoted his life and his company’s resources to saving some of the world’s last great white-water, wilderness rivers.".
"Earth River is the premier river runner in the world. Their staff includes the finest guides to be found."
“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."
"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.
“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."
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