A monkey puzzle mission

Huerquehue National Park, Chile
Araucaria trees (Araucaria araucana), coigue trees (Nothofagus dombeyi), lenga trees (Nothofagus pumilio), ñire trees (Nothofagus antarctica) and Cerro San Sebastian reflected in Laguna El Toro in Autumn, Huerquehue National Park, Chile.

Although my day to day work with Trees for Life is focused on the restoration of the Caledonian Forest in the Highlands of Scotland, I have a strong interest in trees and forests elsewhere in the world as well. One of my particular favourites is the forest of araucaria (or monkey puzzle) trees in the southern Andes of Chile and Argentina, which I’ve been visiting since 1977.

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Reporting from ‘The Last Wild Race’

Patagonia Expedition Race 

As reporters on www.SleepMonsters.com, we end up in some far flung places covering expedition adventure races all over the globe. Even so, a recent trip to report on the Patagonian Expedition Race was something special, perhaps our biggest reporting challenge of all. Continue reading

Páramo wins Guardian Sustainable Business Award

David Bacci in PFC-free Páramo clothing on Ragni route of Mount Fitz Roy, Patagonia, January 2016

Páramo has been announced the winner of the ‘Bold Move’ category in the prestigious Guardian Sustainable Business Awards 2016, recognising the importance and impact of the British clothing company’s sign-up to the Greenpeace Detox Commitment in January 2016.

In January 2016 Páramo became the first outdoor company to sign up to Greenpeace Detox commitment, leading the outdoor industry in ensuring hazardous, persistent pollutants are excluded from textile production. The resulting publicity from this sign-up was linked with professional climber, David Bacci, successfully summiting Fitz Roy in Patagonia wearing PFC-free Páramo clothing.

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