Climbing and Skiing in South America

“Trust in dreams for in them is the hidden gate to eternity.”  Kahlil Gibran

Volcan Villarica erupting in 1985


The first time I saw Volcán Villarrica, it was exploding, and torrents of fiery lava were pouring down its slopes. We were busy kayaking the Río Trancura, and the thought of skiing this pristine mountain never even crossed my mind.

The Mute Devil and the Volcanoes of Southern Chile

Filming “In Winter It’s Chile”

In wilderness, I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia.”

— Charles A. Lindbergh, in LIFE Magazine, Dec. 22, 1967

Paul Sharpe filming “Kevins Dream” in Pucon, Chile with a lot of help from the locals.

“What in the heck are you gringos doing on top of my bus?” the bus driver asked suspiciously in Spanish.

No comprende, no problema (I don’t understand, but it’s not a problem),” Kevin replied, as he boldly climbed onto the roof of the bus with his ropes. Paul climbed inside the bus to secure them, and I pushed the three kayaks up to Kevin, while the driver watched in bewilderment.

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The Rivers of Chile