A Symposium and Tour Program with Guest Speakers Kris Tompkins, Rick Ridgeway, Conrad Anker, and Alex Honnold

This is a 4-day symposium followed by a choice of five different tours:

Overview

Patagonia! This realm of sculpted rock towers at the “uttermost ends of the earth” has drawn the greatest climbers in the world, who have pioneered breathtaking routes and daring traverses of its sheer walls and needle-like peaks. In 1968, the legendary “Fun Hogs” (Yvon Chouinard, Doug Tompkins, Lito Tejada Flores, and Dick Dorworth) made their epic six-month journey to Patagonia by van in search of its holy grail—Mount Fitz Roy, an 11,000-foot rock tower in Argentina, where they made the first ascent of the now-classic California Route. That trip set the course for two of the men—Tompkins and Chouinard—as they would become Patagonia’s fiercest defenders, dedicating their lives to conservation and the environment.

Patagonia is stunningly beautiful, but it is also fragile. Our thrilling Special Event, Climbing & Conservation in Patagonia, held in the splendor of Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park, will bring together world-renowned climbers who have accomplished extraordinary feats here and the environmental visionaries who are preserving this incredible land. With presentations, films, hiking excursions, and time among captivating people who dream beyond what is believed to be possible, this Special Event, in its breathtaking setting, will be inspirational.

Our celebration of Patagonia benefits the pioneering work of Tompkins Conservation and is limited to just 75 guests, promising extraordinary access to these Guest Speakers, and is followed by five magnificent hiking and natural history journeys that bring you deeper into the wonders of Argentina and Chile.

The Guest Speakers

Tompkins Kris
Kris Tompkins is a passionate conservationist and the former CEO of Patagonia, Inc. Kris and her husband, the late Doug Tompkins, founder of The North Face, left the corporate world to fulfill their vision for conservation that has become one of the most extraordinary models in the world. Finding critical ecosystems in South America, they have purchased and are restoring these lands, then donating them back to the governments of Chile and Argentina as national parks.
Anker conrad
Conrad Anker, a renowned expeditionary mountaineer, has scaled the three towers of Patagonia’s famed Cerro Torre group, ascending new routes on both Torre Egger and Cerro Standhardt. In the high Himalaya, Conrad has summited Everest three times, located the body of George Leigh Mallory on Everest’s North Face, and summited the Shark’s Fin, as documented in the acclaimed film Meru.
Alex Honnold
Alex Honnold is renowned for his free-solo ascents of the most challenging rock routes in the world, including his astonishing record-setting free solo of Yosemite’s El Capitan in under four hours. With Tommy Caldwell, Alex made the first successful traverse of Patagonia’s Fitz Roy Massif, and with Colin Haley, set a speed record for the north-to-south traverse of the sheer granite spires of Patagonia’s Cerro Standhardt, Punta Herron, Torre Egger, and Cerro Torre.
Ridgeway Rick
Rick Ridgeway is one of the world’s most renowned mountaineers, having climbed new routes and explored little-known regions on six continents. He is a deeply committed environmentalist, author, and filmmaker, and was honored by National Geographic with the “Lifetime Achievement in Adventure” award. As Vice President of Environmental Affairs at Patagonia, Inc., Rick coordinates the company’s innovative sustainability initiatives. He is the author of six books on climbing and adventure.

Highlights

Highlights

4-day symposium featuring four luminaries of the conservation and climbing world, including renowned rock climber Alex Honnold, mountaineers Conrad Anker and Rick Ridgeway, and conservationist and former CEO of Patagonia, Inc., Kris Tompkins
Enjoy Patagonia’s full wonder in Argentina's world-famous Los Glaciares National Park, a stunning realm of granite spires, glacial lakes, and pristine wilderness
Hiking excursions every day bring you through some of Patagonia's most celebrated sites and our overnights are in a fantastic boutique hotel in El Chaltén
Choice of five exciting post-symposium tours that explore deeper in Argentina and Chile (limited to 12-15 members each)

Details

Length: 4-day Symposium plus Post-Symposium Tours
Cost: Post-Symposium Tour prices include the Symposium. See individual tours for detailed pricing.
Arrive: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Depart: Depends on Post-Symposium Tour
Symposium Lodging: 4 nights hotels
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 1 dinner
Activity: Hiking / Trekking
Climbing and conservation in patagonia 2018 brochure

Download Full Brochure

Download our Climbing and Conservation in Patagonia brochure, a Symposium and Tour Program, featuring Guest Speakers Kris Tompkins, Conrad Anker, Alex Honnold, and Rick Ridgeway. Or request a print copy to be sent by mail.

The Symposium

Our symposium is an extraordinary chance to meet and mingle with legendary mountaineers, hear their adventurous stories firsthand, learn about pioneering conservation efforts in Patagonia, and enjoy incredible hikes on the famous trails of Los Glaciares National Park, a World Heritage Site of tremendous glaciers and towering spires. There will be daily presentations by our phenomenal Guest Speakers, film screenings, and a choice of hikes each day. Our hotel in the town of El Chaltén, within the protected area of the park, is the perfect “base camp” for our symposium. Our symposium begins with an overnight in Buenos Aires before heading to the heart of Patagonia.

Post-Symposium Tour Programs

The 4-day symposium is followed by a choice of five different tours:

Climbing and Conservation in Patagonia: In Patagonia

Hiking in Los Glaciares and Torres del Paine National Parks

Nov 26-Dec 10, 2018
15 days from: $9595
The epic landscapes of Patagonia—the granite-and-glacier worlds of Paine and Fitz Roy—are simply phenomenal and among the scenic masterpieces of the planet. On this magnificent lodge-based adventure, spectacular day hikes grant us fantasti...

Climbing and Conservation in Patagonia: Whales to Jaguars

Whales and Penguins of Peninsula Valdés, Wildlife of the Iberá Wetlands, Iguazú Falls

Nov 26-Dec 8, 2018
13 days from: $9395
On this fantastic natural history adventure, we’ll see the thriving penguin colonies and whale and orca populations of the Peninsula Valdés, then for a dramatic change of scene, travel to the remote Iberá wetlands in northeast Argentin...

Climbing and Conservation in Patagonia: Chile from Bottom to Top

Paine National Park, the Lake District, Atacama Desert

Nov 26-Dec 9, 2018
14 days from: $9995
From the granite-and-glacier wonderland of Paine National Park to the breathtaking, volcano-dotted Lake District and the stunning Atacama, the driest desert in the world, our south-to-north journey brings us to the most fascinating landscapes, habitat...

Climbing and Conservation in Patagonia: Patagonia's Wild North

Hiking in Parque Patagonia, Glacier Walks, and Kayaking Marble Caverns

Nov 26-Dec 7, 2018
12 days from: $8595
Be among the first to hike the pristine trails of Parque Patagonia—a staggeringly beautiful part of Patagonia that is still undiscovered—and help support one of the world’s greatest conservation efforts. We’ll be welcomed to th...

Climbing and Conservation in Patagonia: Torres del Paine to Tierra del Fuego

Paine National Park, the Chilean Fjords, and Cape Horn

Nov 26-Dec 11, 2018
16 days from: $11,245
Torres del Paine National Park protects a breathtaking realm of stupendous granite towers, azure lakes, tumbling waterfalls, massive glaciers, and unique wildlife. We enjoy an array of exhilarating hikes to discover its grand landscapes, then head to ...

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