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Chile: Adventure Patagonia
Coihaique, Chile (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter
Program Cost Winter
Fact Sheet:
Academic College: Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design Best Fit Majors: Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources
Language of Instruction: English Program Options: Adventure, Faculty-Led, Winter Break
Credits Earned: 6 Faculty Leader: Marcedes Minana, Marion McClure
Program Description:


Chile: Adventure Patagonia
Patagonia GroupDuring this backcountry living skills adventure, you will learn about outdoor leadership, outdoor living skills, sustainable development, and the incredible ecosystems and culture of the Aysén region of Patagonian Chile. You will be challenged to develop and refine your leadership vision and skills as you plan and carry out a kayaking expedition through glacier fed lakes, and a backcountry expedition through both private and national reserves. You will learn proven methods for expedition planning and leadership and discover how personal and group decision-making strategies can contribute to social, environmental, and economic sustainability.

After you complete your expedition preparation, you will carry out your expeditions, in partnership with guides from Geo Sur Expeditions. Kayaking and trekking will be the primary activities of this course. This trip will allow you to celebrate Christmas in a unique way, and also to bring in the New Year on the other side of the world! You’ll experience local culture and customs and learn about how people of the region are maintaining their heritage and preserving the beauty and pristine nature of their places – in a region they call “Aysén – Reserve of Life”.

This course requires strenuous physical activity. The trip will involve backcountry hiking for approximately 30 miles with a backpack weighing somewhere between 25 and 40 pounds. The terrain is considered to be wilderness, with rough trails. Approximately 2/3 of the time, we will be sleeping on the ground in tents. The climate in Chile is temperate rainforest. We will experience a mixture of sun, rain, and maybe even snow, with the changes in temperature and weather conditions throughout our time in country. In order to participate, you must be willing to assume responsibility for the risks involved in the trip and be in physical shape to endure the conditions and activities included. You must obtain a doctor’s endorsement that you are prepared for the physical requirements of the course.


City: Coihaique

Country: Chile

Population: 53,715

Information: The City of Coyhaique is located in southern Chile, in the province bearing the same name, and it is part of the Eleventh Region of Aysén del General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo. Two circuits reach Coyhaique: through the sea from Puerto Montt or from Quellón, in Chiloé, up to Lake San Rafael, and through Camino Longitudinal Austral (Southern Longitudinal Path), across impressive sceneries made up by lakes, snowdrifts, ancient woodlands and countless views of extreme beauty.

Places of Interest:
Laguna San Rafael National Park
La Carretera Austral
Northern Patagonian Ice Field


RPTR 150: Backcountry Living Skills - Fall 2017 - 3 credits 
Expected Learning Outcomes: 
Backcountry Living Skills:
After completing the readings, discussions, and experiences of this course, students will be able to:
1. Design a packing list for backcountry travel, taking into account wet, cold, windy, and warm conditions.
2. Select appropriate fabrics for temperature regulation during backcountry travel
3. Dress oneself appropriately to stay comfortable in varied and challenging outdoor conditions
4. Demonstrate proper understanding and use of backcountry equipment, including (but not limited to) backpacks, sleeping systems, kayaks, tents and tarps, backpacking stoves, and water purification
5. List and practice all seven Leave No Trace principles
6. Navigate in a backcountry setting using a topographic map and compass
7. Make personal and group risk management decisions based on an understanding of the dynamics of accidents
8. Demonstrate basic awareness of weather patterns

RPTR 353: Sustainable Tourism in Patagonia - Spring 2018 - 3 credits 
Expected Learning Outcomes:
1. Engage in critical self-reflection based on concrete experiences (i.e. learn and extrapolate from experience), via discussion and journaling.
2. Define and give examples of sustainable development, including examples specific to the Aysen region of Chile
3. Describe the purpose and content contained in social, environment, and economic impact assessments and why/how these assessments related to sustainable development.
4. Articulate benefits and challenges of investment in local culture and economy for sustainable tourism operations.
5. Form and articulate opinions on controversial issues in Chilean Patagonia: dams, Conservacion Patagonica, and tourism development. 


Marion Mcclure 


Total Program Cost $3,775 * Program Cost does not include airfare.

Program Fee includes:
 * All accommodations
 * On ground transportation
 * Required adventure equipment
 * Comprehensive Health and Travel Insurance
 * Most meals

Billing for the Fall 2017 programs will occur upon registration into the courses associated with the Study Abroad program in STAR. The payment deadlines for the program will be the same as WVU Fall Semester Tuition and Fees. Registration will occur in mid-September, students will receive correspondence from OGA with registration instructions upon acceptance into the program after the application deadline. All payments are due in full before trip departure. Payments can be made through STAR or by contacting the Mountaineer Hub at (304) 293-4006.


Visa Required for US Citizens?  No

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