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Bio Bio Blog is up and running!

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The Bio Bio Blog is up and running.
Enjoy stories, last minute trip specials and stay in the Bio Bio loop!
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The ‘Why’ of Ultralight

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I pack to capacity, no matter the occasion or size of
bag.  I fill it even if it may not be
necessary, I always find last minute things to pop into my bag.  Ultralight backpackers would probably either
keel over reading this, shake their heads or see me as the perfect candidate
for an ultralight makeover.  Luckily, I
am self-aware of my ‘packing problem’ and jumped at the opportunity to go to a
talk in the area.  After all, who could really resist attending
an event called: “Beer + Gear | Spotlight on Ultralight Backpacking”, especially when the proceeds go to the Pacific Crest Trail Association?  What I soon found out is that the ultralight
philosophy can be applied to not just backpacking, but really any variety of
packing. 

Hosted at the Cedar House Hotel in Truckee, CA, we were
greeted, pointed to the beer (and tasty apps) portion of the event and mingled
with fellow participants and the speaker himself – Glen Van Peski.  Glen is a native Californian who enjoys
tromping around the trails in the western states, and sometimes finds himself
on the east coast too.  He started sewing
his own ultralight backpacks and gear, which in turn was the beginning of his
pack and gear company, 
Gossamer Gear
Quipped by one writer as the ‘guru of ultralight’, we found out why this
was after we grabbed our drinks, a cookie and took a seat.

What did we learn during that time in the conference room
with movie, talk and Q & A period? 
The why, how and precautions of going ultralight.  For this post, let’s focus on the why.

Lite, light, feather-weight, ultralight…the list goes on to
describe adjectives many companies use to market their products.  Why is lighter necessarily better?  To use the lyrics from the musical duo Daft
Punk: ‘…better, faster, stronger’.

Carrying less weight is easier on your body, plain and
simple.  We were told a story of 80+ year
old grandparents that had embraced ultralight backpacking.  They were in the woods for a week-long trip
and only left the trail not from sore knees, backs or blisters, but because
they had to attend a grandchild’s wedding. 
Shed pounds from your pack and you can add years to your backpacking
days.

Less weight allows you to go farther: your muscles and
joints aren’t having to compensate for the extra pounds you’re carrying.  Therefore, you can go farther into the
backcountry, log more miles on your hike and get more out of your weekend,
week, or month trip.

Lastly, going light helps in an emergency situation.  If you or someone in your group gets injured
and you have lighter, less gear, you increase your ability to travel faster
and/or help carry someone else’s gear. 

Next up: how you can go lighter.  You may be asking yourself if it costs an arm
and a leg.  As with most gear, you could
spend a good portion of winning lottery tickets getting the greatest and
lightest gear.  On the other side of the
spectrum, you may already have what you need to go lighter in your camping
quiver.  

Insight into Travel Insurance

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Insurance isn’t fun. 
We get that; especially because we love having fun.  So why on earth are we writing about travel
insurance in the hopes that you may find it interesting?  Well, we are often asked the very personal
question of whether or not to purchase travel insurance.  What do you recommend?  Who do you recommend?  Unfortunately, there isn’t a straight answer.  Even if you come to the decision of
purchasing travel insurance, you then need to choose the level of
coverage.  The only sure thing that we do
know is that those who have used it to recoup thousands of vacation dollars due
to unexpected circumstances, have been more than happy for their decision.

The other day we found an article from Frommer’s that helps
to delve a bit into the question of whether  to roll the dice without insurance or hedge
your bet.  It’s a short one that looks
into when you may want to get insurance, points out a few resources that may
give you a false sense of security (homeowners insurance, credit card company coverage,
etc.) and how the industry is changing to include more in your policy.

Nope, insurance for most people would most
likely not be classified under ‘glamorous’, but it is something that we
globetrotters have to think about every now and then. 

Click here for the article: Frommer’s Primer on Travel Insurance

The Proud, The Few, of the Futaleufu

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For this past ‘Talent/No Talent Show’ at
the Bio Bio Expeditions camp on the Futaleufu River, the talented Mr. Rich Roberts graced us
with his documentation of his week via an ode to this special place
on the globe.  Paddle hard, smile and ENJOY!

The Proud, The Few, of the Futaleufu

By Rich RobertsFu Waters

Somewhere really faraway

Past Paraguay and Uruguay

We traveled for a venture stay

Way down the length of Argentine

And a mere cab ride into Chile.

We gather with folks we barely
knew

To do those things that only the
Few (Fu)

Who have the guts, the courage
and the right guides can do

All in search of that perfect line…on
The Futaleufu.

We raided the shelves back home at
the REI

And had 6 hours of VET class everyday
– no lie

We gathered logs for the brew
house and then

We drank 40 more beers so the
walls won’t be thinDining Hall Fu Style

I raise my glass to BIO BIO for
putting this curse on us

To head back home now and bust
our ass to do what we must

Come back and rejoin The Proud
and the Few (FU)

Who have run that perfect line on
The Futaleufu.

We fished and rode horseback and
ate just like Kings

We hot tubbed and late partied
and took chances on swings

As strangers we gathered, we
depart now as friends

All bonded together by that means
to an end

That inner quest for the
challenge – The raw fear

The great fight – The hunger, The
need, to do what we do

In search of that perfect line…on
The Futaleufu.

Chile anyone?

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This week, we are featuring a letter from Shari of Shari Beard Yoga:

Shari Beard Yoga

Hello Adventurous Ones!

 

Anyone up for “Awakening Your Soul” in Chile with me in 2014?  I recently talked to Damara Stone-Goddard, divine mama of Bio Bio Expeditions and she says the same week as last year Jan. 6-14th is still being held for an Adventure Yoga Retreat on the Futaleufu.  I can truthfully say last year’s trip was soul awakening for myself and I think others that came felt that too!  For me it was the answer to these questions.  Can life really be this good?  Can I really design my life this way?  Am I really deserving of this?  When I get the mind out of the way my soul says “YES!”  Which has had a profound effect on my life this year and I am ready to go back and get juiced up.

 

I can now speak from experience the magic that happens at Bio Bio. First of all the staff of Bio Bio are amazing and make the trip what it is! Almost everyday there is a morning practice and an afternoon practice.  Damara and I split the group a couple times so we could offer more of a beginner’s practice and advanced practice. Sometimes the afternoon practice would be advanced or I would do a therapeutics session.  Damara and I also led a meditation float on the river, mmmm..  Everyday is full because it stays light until late! Rafting and kayaking is a big focus because the Futaleufu is one phenomenal river, but there is always the option to hike, mountain bike, and ride horses.  The food is INCREDIBLE!  There is an organic garden right on the property.  The magic for me was this community of beings connecting to their soul and feeling the love which is undefinable. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention wine tasting and salsa dancing, YUM!

 

Bio Bio has a slideshow on their site that includes some of the photos from last years trip.  http://www.bbxrafting.com/awakening-the-soul-futaleufu-yoga-retreat-photos  If I get some interest, I can have a gathering at my house to show a video.  Most of it is the rafting which is pretty darn comical.

 

Climbers!  Last year I extended the trip to check out the climbing up at the Refugio Frei.  Beautiful!  It’s all multi-pitch so you need a partner.  I am up for extending my trip again and belaying if anyone wants to be rope gun.  I would be so tickled to get a group of climbers together.

 

So here is the deal.  I need at least 8 people to sign up byNov.1 to make all this magic happen.  The trip is $3400 and well worth the experience of a lifetime.

 

Attendees from last year, please feel free to send any photos or comments on the trip that would encourage beings to sign up for “Awakening the Soul”.  Also, please pass this on to anyone that might be interested.

Gray 

 

Much love to you all!

 

Shari

 

P.S.  Adding some photos from the trip of myself that make me giggle and bring a smile to my face.

 

 

A little about Shari Beard:

Shari feels deep gratitude to be able to call
the Tahoe/Truckee Area of California to be her home since 1994.  The
mountains and this community have had an incredible healing effect on her for
the last 19 years and now loves to rock climb, ski, hike, run and be outside.
 Most of all, she loves bringing community together to help facilitate the
opening of hearts so we experience deeper connection and as a result live life
more fully.

She has studied with master teachers for the last 10 years with over 1,000 hours of Teacher Training.  She is passionate about teaching alignment to help students connect to their bodies, mind and heart.  Shari brings together fellow healers to teach workshops, retreats and adventure trips locally in Tahoe and as far around the world as Chile.  She has been privileged to teach yoga in the schools from little ones to high schoolers, new parents and parents with their children, teachers and large group conferences.

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ThePaddler ezine: September issue featuring Futaleufu

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We aren’t the only ones out there excited for the Futaleufu river season to begin!  This month’s issue of ThePaddler features an article written by our own Laurence Alvarez-Roos featuring the Futaleufu.  If reading this article doesn’t want you to book the next flight to Chile, the pictures certainly will!

http://www.joomag.com/magazine/thepaddler-ezine-issue-12-september-2013-lo-r/0329152001379436552

Futaleufu River Contest Winner

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Congratulations to Jake McDermott for being the winner of Bio Bio Expeditions and KTKE 101.5 Truckee Tahoe Radio’s Futaleufu adventure!  

Bio Bio Expeditions teamed up with KTKE Truckee Tahoe Radio for a summer long contest to send one lucky winner and a friend to Chile.  The winners will enjoy 9 days/8 nights of whitewater rafting, fly fishing, mountain biking, horse-back riding, yoga, wine tasting all along the Futaleufu river!  Outside Magazine bestowed this trip the ‘Best Multisport Destination’ award for 2013 and there is no question why this trip received the award.  Activities combined with knowledgeable guides, gourmet cuisine prepared by a professional chef and unbelievable scenery make this an incredible trip for all adventure seekers.  

‘Jake has never been to South America; the farthest south that he has been is Mexico so this is going to be ‘a whole new adventure’ for him.  When asked if he is excited about all the activities, his response was ‘this is going to be better than Christmas.’  

For those of you who aren’t as lucky as Jake but would like to head out on the Futaleufu, give us a call (1-800-246-7238) or visit our website (www.bbxrafting.com) for a full description of this expedition and many others available with Bio Bio Expeditions.

   

Outside Magazine Travel Awards

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Bio Bio Expeditions  has been selected by Outside, America’s leading multimedia active-lifestyle brand, as a recipient of its second annual Active Travel Awards.  
 
Bio Bio Expeditions  has been selected by Outside, America’s leading multimedia active-lifestyle brand, as a recipient of its second annual Active Travel Awards. Bio Bio Expeditions was honored as Best Multi Sport trip. The full list of award winners will be published in the April issue of Outside magazine, available on newsstands March 12, 2013, and at Outside Online.
To select this year’s awards, Outside tapped our global network of correspondents, who spent months on the road traveling from the Philippines to Switzerland to Namibia and then some, to report a definitive roundup of the best new adventures, secret paradises, mountain epics, stunning beaches, airline deals, gorgeous islands, and more. The result is 42 fresh trips that we guarantee will change your life, plus smart travel strategies, the best travel gear, and five exciting new frontiers.
“Outside magazine has long been one of the world’s most trusted advisors for active and adventurous travelers,” says Outside Editor Christopher Keyes. “In addition to truly award-worthy destinations and travel providers, this year we unearthed a handful of amazing new frontiers in active travel. Our annual edit franchise honors the year’s best trips, hotels, lodges, luggage, islands, and new destinations that will be an invaluable travel resource for years to come.”
Bio Bio featured trip is in the heart of Patagonia! Activities include: whitewater rafting the Class IV-V Futaleufu River, hiking and horseback riding, flyfishing, daily yoga classes, and mountain biking! Stay at our deluxe riverside adventure camp with hot tub, sunset bar, massage, wine tasting, and more!I
In celebration of the Outside Active Travel Awards, Outside will launch the “What Trip Are You?” Facebook promotion, which will allow members of the Outside community to take an adventure travel quiz to determine what type of vacation best suits their adventure style from five categories. The categories include: Whitewater Addict, Powder Slayer, Castaway, Globe Trekker, and Easy Rider.  Participants will be able to choose between a series of travel themes—Culture or adrenaline? Tropical escape or powdery heaven? Water or land?—that will lead to their ultimate adventure travel escape.
Five grand prize winners (one per category) will get the chance to go on their dream adventure provided by Outside’s travel partners. Trip options include: Rafting Idaho’s Main Salmon River with OARS; backcountry glacier skiing/boarding in Alaska with Alaska Mountain Guides & Climbing School, Inc.; a Galápagos islands expedition with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic; an Amazon rainforest adventure in Ecuador with ROW Adventures; and cycling and wine tasting in the Santa Barbara countryside with Duvine Cycling + Adventure Co.  In addition, participants who take the quiz can come back for daily adventure travel gear prizes.
 
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