Slideshow features Patagonia at Colgate

Slideshow features Patagonia at Colgate

Outdoor adventurer and enthusiast Brian Mohr will present a slideshow of photos from a recent visit to South America's Patagonia region at Colgate Mar. 28. The event, which will take place at 7 p.m. in 27 Persson Hall and coordinated by the university's Outdoor Education program, is free and open to the public.

While traveling by bicycle through the southern Andes in the austral spring of 2000, Mohr and companion Emily Johnson, both regular contributors to the outdoor media, stumbled upon one of the planet's wildest reaches, Chile's Rio Baker Valley.

Home to the largest and wildest river of South America's Patagonia, countless glaciers and vast reserves of unexplored mountains, the Rio Baker Valley is also threatened by the Spanish-owned ENDESA Corp's plans to construct several major dams in the region.

In addition to several monster dams, the Spanish-owned ENDESA Corp. is hoping to install a 1200 mile transmission line through five Chilean National Parks and two wilderness reserves, Mohr said. Most Chileans that we encountered in the region agree that the damming of the Baker would be a terrible tragedy.

Returning to the region this past October, Mohr and Johnson spent one month camping and skiing, while documenting the region's endangered culture and wild nature. They collected their stories and images from the trip and are presenting them in hope that they will encourage others to get involved in protecting what is one of the Earth's greatest remaining wild places. The show includes a raffle of prizes donated by various slideshow sponsors. A percentage of all proceeds will be donated to conservation efforts in Patagonia. Mohr and Johnson are regular contributors to Backcountry Magazine, which currently features this adventure in the magazine's Feb. 07 issue.

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