Futaleufu Gear and Clothing list

Please make sure you bring the following things.

[ ] *waterproof paddle jacket

[ ] 3 quick drying synthetic shirts (also known as Synchilla, fleece, pile, polypro or Capilene. )

[ ] *river shoes (important)

[ ] baseball type cap to fit under a helmet

[ ] water bottle with locking carabineer Note: Carbineer must lock so that if a boat flips there is no way to get hooked on the carabineer. Do not bring non-locking carabineers.

[ ] lightweight hiking boots/shoes

[ ] *sun glasses with neck strap

[ ] headlamp (flashlight) with batteries

[ ] small, lightweight, high quality frameless daypack for Tree House Camp hike. (Mandatory)

[ ] good quality rain jacket with hood (Paddle jacket will suffice)

[ ] 1 synthetic pants (Synchilla, fleece, pile or polypro) to be worn hiking around camp or up to the Tree house Camp)

[ ] 4 pairs of underpants

[ ] 3 socks (2 pair synthetic quick drying)

[ ] 2 additional pairs of cotton socks

[ ] medium weight jacket

[ ] 2 short sleeved shirts

[ ] long pants

[ ] 2 shorts (synthetic and quick drying)

[ ] long sleeved shirt (light colored to reflect sun)

[ ] long sleeved shirt

[ ] bathing suit

[ ] toilet kit

[ ] *soap (only Dr. Bronners can be used in the river)

[ ] small quick drying towel

[ ] sunscreen (strong)

  • *Headlamp (flash light): A good headlamp is a valuable tool for any river trip because it keeps your hands free. It is especially helpful for evening visits to the incredible stone hot tub at the Cave Camp. Princeton Tech makes an excellent, lightweight, inexpensive ($30) LCD light that will last 80 hours on one set of batteries called the Aurora.
  • *River shoes: River shoes should stick to wet rocks (especially for canyoning at the Mapu Leufu Camp) , not come off in a strong current and should protect your toes. The water on the river is not that cold (60 degrees) so you do not need wetsuit booties unless you’re feet easily get cold. River sandals are fine around camp but are not suitable river shoes because they do not protect your feet and are difficult to swim in if you unexpectedly end up in the water. We are strongly recommending the Five-Ten “water tennie” model shoes. They will work well on the rafts and most importantly for the canyoning up the Rio Blanco slot canyon where without them the wet slippery rocks can be dangerous. The Water Tennie has a patented stealth bottom sole and are the only shoe that will stick to wet rocks, period! They are also an excellent shoe that you will find multiple uses for when you return back home. Five-ten is the only company that uses “Stealth” soles which are designed to stick to wet rocks. There is no other water shoes on the market that stick nearly as well to wet rocks. You can find a store that sells them by going to www.fiveten.com . If you can not find a store that handles them they can be purchased directly from the company by going to their website. Note: If you are planning on canyoneering through the Rio Blanco Slot Canyon, it is imperative that you wear Five Ten shoes with “Stealth” soles. Without them you are risking slipping and injury.
  • *Paddle jacket: It is mandatory to have a waterproof paddle jacket on the river. This will keep you warm and relatively dry and is worn over your synthetic shirts, which are worn over the sleeveless farmer John wetsuits that Earth River supplies.
  • *Rain jacket: A good paddle jacket will not adequately substitute for a rain jacket because they often don’t breath and do not have a hood. Therefore, you may want to bring a rain jacket in case it rains on the hike up to or back from the Tree House Camp. Ponchos are clumsy and are not adequate.
  • *Soap and Shampoo: Because you will be washing primarily in showers (5 out of 6 night on the river) any soap or shampoo are fine.
    Note: We do not allow any soap in any of the streams, ponds or lakes or the river.
    NOTE: You will be limited to 28 pounds for the expedition, so you must limit yourself to what will fit into the medium size top loading duffle bag you will be supplied by Earth River staff at the hotel in Puerto Varas. Additional belongings can be left with the guide at the start of the trip.
    *Note: You will not receive a waterproof river bag until you reach the river on Saturday. You will be supplied with a top loading duffle bag for the trip to and from the river from Puerto Montt.


Top loading duffle bag (for trip to river) *waterproof river bag, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, pillow sleeping sack (flannel) pillow pillow case plate, cup, eating utensils life jacket (type 5) paddle helmet self-bailing raft Satellite phone first aid kit, horses, hot tubs (every night), flush toilets, wetsuit (Although the water is relatively warm (60 degrees), wetsuits are mandatory for all participants.) Masseuse (most trips) (optional separate charge) Videographer (most trips) (optional separate charge)


[ ] water proof paddle pants.

[ ] quick drying synthetic pants

[ ] personal medication

[ ] sandals

[ ] breakdown fishing pole

[ ] camera, film, and soft waterproof case (no metal ammo cans)

[ ] binoculars

[ ] book

[ ] journal and pen

[ ] lightweight bicycle gloves (for paddling)

[ ] pocketknife

[ ] tampons, lip protection, other personal needs

[ ] small pocket size Spanish/English dictionary


Each season a few people (approx. 2 %) end up in Chile without their belongings. By the time they receive them from the air carrier, often the trip is nearly over. Because this is a real possibility we highly recommend the following steps to protect yourself. Pack all necessary river gear (fleece, paddle jacket, river shoes, hat, sun glasses, bathing suit, etc.) into the largest legal carry on bag you can find and don’t check it. Pack everything else in a regular suitcase. This way if you become separated from you checked bag you will have the most important things for the river as well as the clothes on your back for camp. A couple of year we started recommending this packing plan to our clients. Since then we have averaged about 6 people a season who arrived in Chile without their checked bags. In each case they had packed their river gear in carryons and all were able to complete the trip with little discomfort.

“Eric Hertz and Robert Currie have devoted their lives and their company’s resources to saving some of the world’s last great white-water, wilderness rivers.".
“The absolute mastery of Robert Currie guiding in the back of the raft made every element of the Futaleufu river seem heightened, perfected, colorized, almost virtual."
"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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