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 NOTE: five-ten shoes with "Stealth soles" are mandatory for Canyoneering in the Rio Blanco slot canyon one of the trp's highlights.

[ ] 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

[ ] Small, lightweight, frameless day pack with belt strap. Necessary for the canyoneering.

[ ] *sun glasses with neck strap

[ ] headlamp (flashlight) with batteries

[ ] good quality rain jacket with hood and pants 

[ ] 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

[ ] Wet suit socks (thin)

[ ] 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

[ ] 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:  Five-Ten “water tennie” model shoes are mandatory for the canyoneering. They will work well for the rafting and inflatable kayaking as well.  The canyoning in the Rio Blanco slot canyon would be dangerous without them and you are risking slipping and injury where rescue is extremely difficult. The Water Tennie has a patented stealth bottom sole and are the only shoe that will stick to wet rocks, period! Sometimes it is difficult to find smaller woman's sizes. In that case the Five-ten Woman's guide shoe with the "stealth" bottom is just as good as the water tennie.  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. 
  • *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 and rain pants in case it rains on the hike up to the lake. Ponchos are clumsy and are not adequate.


Lodges, with chefs every night, life jacket (type 5) paddle, helmet self-bailing raft, climbing gear (canyoning), inflatable kayaks, mountain bikes, satellite phone, first aid kit, horses, wetsuit,  masseuse (most trips) (optional separate charge) Videographer 


[ ] 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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