After a 30-hour journey from Puerto Bertrand, Chile, to Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dam Analyst Squad has returned to the States. Although our sense of season was snapped to attention upon our arrival in frigid Boston, we are happy to be home.
Our expedition was nothing short of incredible. Hiking, rafting, backpacking and camping left Dam Analyst Squad with dirt in their nails, smoke in their eyes, water in their boots and huge smiles on their faces. The time we spent trekking through Chilean Patagonia, whether it was through outwash planes, over icy rivers, across blue glaciers or through misty forests, truly spoke to our sense of adventure and tied us further to the land and our project. If there was ever a time to quote the saying “a picture paints a thousand words,” the time is now. Instead of writing about the landscape, I will let the photos from our journey speak for themselves.
Jan 21: A 15-mile hike on the way to Sol de Mayo.
Jan. 22: Hiking across a raging stream on a makeshift log-bridge to reach Camp 5.
Jan. 23, Sol de Mayo: Camping at the foot of mountains.
Jan 24: Raft trip begins at the Balsa, a large, water-moved barge, took us across the Rio Baker.
Jan. 24: Rafting on the Rio Baker.
Jan. 25: Class six rapids near the Saltón.
Jan. 26: Wendy, Jonathan and Kristen preparing to portage past the Saltón rapids.
Jan. 27: Juan, Wendy and Laura before dinner over an open fire near Río Vargas.
Jan. 30, Tortel: After heavy rain, the sky cleared for our last walk through Tortel, an ocean town connected entirely by boardwalks.
Now that we have returned to the Tech, we are excited to begin our theses and projects. Thanks to our time in Chilean Patagonia, we are now better equipped to tackle our areas of study with our new understanding of the region. We are thankful to have had the opportunity to spend such a wonderful month le