Month: June 2012

Chile and Argentina: A Blending of Wine with Multisport

Chile and Argentina are well known for their excellent wine varietals. Chile produces their Carmenere, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and Viognier in a temperate Mediterranean climate within thirteen valleys, including Maipo, Cachapoal, Colchagua and Maule.  Argentina’s Mendoza, San Juan and La Rioja regions exploit the higher altitudes and cooler temperatures to produce the grapes for their Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernets, with the Mendoza region being the only region to produce Argentina’s signature Malbec wine successfully.

There are plenty of wineries to keep wine connoisseurs sipping their way through both countries for weeks, but a blending of winery visits with outdoor activities would enhance the itinerary, especially since these regions are at the foothills of the mighty Andes.  Both Chile and Argentina embody a sense of adventure and have a variety of terrain to keep the most active entertained and challenged.

Tour operators like Zephyr Adventures, Santiago Adventures, Say Hueque, Zicasso and H2O Patagonia can set you up with a trip that combines the pleasure of wine tasting with the thrill of biking, hiking and rafting in these two picturesque countries.

Would you rather plan your Chile and Argentina trip yourself?  Get PathWrangler.  We help everyone from guides, tour operators, outdoor clubs, expeditions and passionate travelers organize, collaborate, memorialize and share their trips better than ever before.   Get an account and start building your trip now!

Pinta Island Tortoises are Now Extinct

Rarest creature in the world

Lonesome George, the iconic symbol of conservation efforts, has passed away at the approximate age of 100 on the Galápagos Island of Santa Cruz.  George was the last of his species, the Pinta Island Tortoise (Geochelone nigra abingdoni).  A species that was hunted by fisherman and sailors to what was thought to be the brink of extinction until George was discover in 1972 on Pinta Island.

Charles Darwin formulated his theory of evolution in the 19th century with the help of species like the giant Galápagos tortoises.  Some 20,000 giant tortoise subspecies are still on the Galápagos and can live up to 200 years old.

A few months back I wrote about the wildlife species and outdoor adventures that each of the Galápagos islands offer.  The conservation efforts of this area will hopefully insure a long lasting existence of the other inhabitants so the fascination and exploration can continue in this remarkable place.

New Release! Tell Your Story…

New Release! Tell Your Story…

Earlier this year, PathWrangler brought you and industry first: a web-based platform that empowers you to easily create adventure trips and then collaborate with others on them.  Since then, we’ve also added Google Maps and photo sharing to your locations so you can visualize your planned trips.  We’ve not only made trip planning easier, we’ve made it much more fun and insightful.

Seeing our users build amazing trips, we’ve now created a way for you to share your individual stories with each other after your trip is over.  PathWrangler now takes you beyond trip planning and into memorializing your trips, so your personal experiences are enhanced beyond your wildest imagination.  Not only do we help you to build memories, we give you a way to tell them better.

Here are a couple of highlights on how we’ve made telling your story beneficial to you:

  • Individual Stories within Elements: tell your stories when and where they happened.  Your Itinerary isn’t just a guide for managing your trip, it is the common story for the group.  Using the Itinerary, you can now tell your individual stories and view the stories of those you traveled wiith in one place.
  • Photosharing: part of your story isn’t just the words, but the visuals.  You can upload your pictures when and where they occurred.  You can view the photos shared by others there, too.
  • Privacy Settings: you decide who can see your stories.  Some of your stories will be very personal, so you can write private stories only visable to you.  You can make others visable to just to those who you traveled with.  Trip Organizers have a way to collect information about how the trip was run just with each other.

Your story, when and where it happened.

See stories from those on the trip with your’s.

Load your photos when and where they happened and share with your fellow travelers. 

Who is Find This Useful

  • Travelers & Outdoor Enthusiasts love this because they now have a way to store their personal experiences in a way that is not only easy, but in a way that simple travel journals can never capture.  They can share these moments with those they traveled with or others.
  • Tour Operators, Guides, Outdoor Clubs and Expedition Leaders – love this as a way to collect and share information about how a trip went, as well as getting testimonials from those they organized the trip for.  This helps to run better trips in the future and keep their clients and members to stay connected and engaged intimately with them after the trip is over.

Start Telling Your Stories (Getting Started)

  • If you have an existing trip that has already been completed, simply head over, memorialize the trip and start writing your stories and sharing your pictures.
  • You can also create trips you’ve done in past by building a trip from scratch, memorializing it and then tell your stories.  Don’t forget to invite those who went on the trip with you!

Head on over and start tell your stories today.  If you’d like to know more about getting started with PathWrangler, but would like to speak with someone first, please contact us directly at info@pathwrangler.com.  We’d love to help you to build and share your memories easier and better than ever before!

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Eric Remza: Final Post: Mt Everest 2012

Sunrise over the summit of Everest

Overcast skies with moisture beckoning to be set free, vegetation ripe with the aroma of Spring in Emerald City commonly known as Seattle; a populous that call this land home. From the shores of Puget Sound to the Cascadian mountains that silhouette the horizon, it is a awesome to be back in one of the communities in which I have rooted myself.  Every time that I return from an adventure across the deep oceans and faraway continents to the mythical lands and cultures of my dreams, something changes deep within.  It is a transformational change of extending out into ones comfort zone into the existential uncertainty of life.

Everest 2012 was unique in its own way, a pilgrimage of many, with a common purpose of setting ones foot upon the highest point of Terra Firma.  The allure of this mountain is saturated in the minds eye of the human condition; a conquer or be conquered dilemma of ambition, persistence and perseverance.  In light of such undertones, the sacredness that is climbing a mountain is a truly magical experience and it is an opportunity that is destined for us all.

It was an honor to be back in the presence of the high Himalaya again; to share this experience with new eyes and to be alive in all that encompasses you in that moment.  What an amazing planet in which we all live, laugh, breath, and love.  Coming home is a true reward and dreaming of the next adventure is a true gift.

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