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First Descent of Rio FIERO [VIDEO]

by martin-gutierrez
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
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Wednesday, March 25, 2020
After two years of discovering the Fiero river, a tributary of the Atuel watershed named like that by the “Gauchos” who live there that means ugly. Martin Gutiérrez and Matías López decided to give it a go and see what it was all about.
Martin Gutierrez
by Martin Gutierrez

Martin grew up in Argentina surrounded by mountains and rivers, and immersed in outdoor adventures.    Full Bio

First Episode:

After two years of discovering the Fiero river, a tributary of the Atuel watershed named like that by the “Gauchos” who live there that means ugly. Martin Gutiérrez and Matías López decided to give it a go and see what it was all about. The weather in the Central Andes changes quickly and getting to know how the water levels fluctuation works throughout the day takes time. Usually in the early morning there is only just little bit of water, but in the afternoon, a big mass of chocolate water goes down.

Atuel Valley – Photo: Martin Gutierrez
Atuel Valley – Photo: Martin Gutierrez

After several hours driving offroad and crossing the atuel river they arrived to the junction of the Atuel and the Fiero river.

Confluence of the Atuel(left) and Fiero(right) rivers- Photo: Martin Gutierrez
Confluence of the Atuel(left) and Fiero(right) rivers- Photo: Martin Gutierrez

Their first goal was to study how to climb a huge cliff to get to the canyons above. The answer was to do it in the same way of the “chivas”, a typical animal of the place, which has great ability to climb mountains.

Photo: Matias Lopez
Photo: Matias Lopez

Once they went up, with an astonishing view of the place, they had a first real impression of what we they were going to face, the Fiero river.

Photo: Martin Gutierrez
Photo: Martin Gutierrez

With a gap of 900 meters in only 7 km, the river was everything they had imagined. As wild as it gets with big boofs, waterfalls and thousands of siphons. Losing an eddie was not an option.

Photo: Martin Gutierrez
Photo: Martin Gutierrez

After a very long epic day of scouting and kayaking, the night came quickly, so we decided to leave our kayaks and return to the camp base, make a fire, and rest.

Photo: Martin Gutierrez
Photo: Martin Gutierrez

A new day started, the first “mate” came out, and they were with all the energy to start walking again towards their kayaks. The river was lower in the morning so they kept paddling down and scouting until the last canyon, with no way to scout it, full of siphons and no exit once in there. The water began to rise, just like the tiredness. So they decided to go out through a large cliff and make it safe and sound to the camp base. There is still a lot to explore and run, you just have to wait for the water and the right time.

 
Thanks you to the badass team outside of the water that supported us, Mariano Rios and Juan Pedro Casado.

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Photo Credit: Mariano Rios, Matias Lopez, Juan Pedro Casado
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