Carolina or rather Caro, joined the BaseCamp project in 2004 and turned it simply in what it is now. With her attention to detail, her urge to make everybody happy and smile it is difficult to not feel at home when she is around. She is a great chef and knows how to mix a mean Pisco Sour.
But Caro´s real passion is the farm. She built up a unique organic farm around the lodge. Sheep, cows, pigs, goats, chicken, turkeys etc. raised on the farm guarantee you the best ingredients for a organic meal. Her gardens provide everything that’s green and red: from vegetables to fruits. And everything you can soak in water to make a delicious and healthy drink.
After organizing BaseCamp well, she now is more involved in the Escondido Project, our conservation initiative. Grand parts of the season she spends over there with our two daughters Elena and Isabel. Organizing outdoor experience excursions and making sure that everything runs smoothly.
Exequiel. Always happy, always ready to help you and always with brilliant ideas and solutions. Since five years now, he is helping us with almost everything that happens around the lodge and in the camps. He helps with farm and the animals (although most of the lambs might not call it “helping” when they are ready for an asado), but also with the maintenance of the buildings and preparing the camps for the season and keeping them up during the season. Lately he has been very involved with our building projects in TempleCamp and BaseCamp, but also in our Escondido Project. His attention to details can be recognized in many of the constructions.
Fabian, a real Patagon by birth, joined BaseCamp now over 10 years ago. And in those 10 years he grew up to one the most important and liable staff members. He knows the area and all the local people better than anyone and with his permanent good mood and willingness to help, he simply is the man you want around.
In almost everything you see at BaseCamp and in the outpost camps you can see the hand of Fabian. He is a great carpenter, but actually handy with any tool he picks up. He welded many of our boat trailers, installed electric and plumbing systems in the camps, keeps the outboard engines running and makes sure that the trucks are in good technical shape.
In the season, he is responsible for the full equipment logistics and makes sure that every boat, trailer and truck ends up where it should be. No guide and gear leaves the premises without his approval. And in the odd case that something goes wrong, Fabian will have it fixed before we even know there was an issue.
Fernanda born and raised in the Casablanca Valley in the Central Zone of Chile. That valley is famed for his white wines from world class vineyards. That’s where she learned the skills of organizing and where she became a great cook. She also worked a while in a large hotel in Mexico, where she learned a lot of techniques which she now puts in practices with us.
She started in BaseCamp already back in 2014 and she is now in charge of the kitchen organization, purchases and logistics. But also of the pastries and of all the river lunches. She will make sure that your guide leaves for the his day with his cooler full of goodies.
If you are here, walk in the kitchen and let her permanent smile do his magic on you. Fernanda, or how she wants to be called, Feña (say Fenya), will make you happy!
Bricker, Greg Bricker! In his mid forties now, but more energetic than ever. Greg has been guiding in Chile for over 10 years and I don’t think there are many secrets left to him. Greg has done it all, has seen all the rivers, fished all the flies and guided all our anglers. Truly, we couldn’t wish for a more complete, professional, skilled and passioned head guide. Greg is in charge of our fishing programs, directs the guides, makes sure that all the equipment is in tip-top condition and still guides him self most of the time. He just cannot do without.
In the US summer he lives in Bozeman Montana, where he runs his own guide business, called Freestone Fly Fishing Outfitters. But he is also a fanatic salt water angler and he spends a lot of time at the Florida Keys, in Belize and in other tropical places,
For three years in a row now, Gustavo is our master in the kitchen. Professionally schooled and trained in top restaurants in Concepcion, he joined BaseCamp in 2014. His love for his profession shows off in every plate that comes out of the kitchen. Grateful making use of the organic meats, vegetables and herbs from our ranch and garden he turns every meal in a healthy, well balanced, beautiful and tasty feast.
But it is not only his love for cooking, it is also his love for Patagonia that makes him come back every year. As soon as he has the time, he jumps on his mountain bike or ties on his running shows and is out exploring the forests around BaseCamp.
After two years at BaseCamp, Heinz is now the camp manager and chef at TempleCamp. He runs a great show there. He makes sure that the accommodations are in perfect conditions, he is a very talented chef, but also runs the shuttle services, fixes the lunches and makes over all sure that the guides are ready for their day on the water.
Heinz grew up in Concepcion in Southern Chile. He is a trained and experienced chef and worked in fine restaurants in the city. But his real call was always Patagonia. When his uncle was appointed as the director of the forestry department (CONAF) in our area, he came down to visit him and never left. We are all happy, he never did.
Justin, honorary dubbed as “Jet Boat Jesus”, truly knows how to run a jet boat through skinny waters, while keeping his long hear and beard into model. But besides his “vanity”, he is one of the most fishy guides you will ever meet. He thinks as a fish and knows what a fish wants. And loves to share that knowledge with his anglers making everybody in an near expert. Over the past season he became our Río Palena expert and that paid off. His anglers brought some spectacular fish to the surface.
He started fly fishing in New Hampshire and a young kid and, man, did he became good at it. Being a long time Alaska guide, but now residing in Oregon, he became an expert spey caster. If you ever had interest to learn or perfect your double hand casting, join Justin on the Palena. You might even hook up to a King Salmon coming up the river. Because next to his focus on trout, his eyes are always on the water to see a salmon breaking surface.
Initially Kelly came to Chile and to us to help us with our daughter Elena and later Isabel. That is now 6 years ago. Now we just cannot imagine a season without here. She is our lodge manager and simply in charge of your hapiness and well being while at BaseCamp. She arranges your flights, your hotel in Puerto Varas, your fishing licenses and what not.
Kelly speaks five languages and with her permanent smile and organizing skills she will make sure that your home-away-from-home feels may be even better than your home-away-from-BaseCamp.
After her studies in Holland, she left for Sri Lanka, where she managed an orphanage for over three years. You can imagine how flexible she became and how she understands what it is to be healthy and happy. And you can see that in all she does at BaseCamp.
But next all those skills, her theatre education, made here into a great singer. If you are lucky enough, one evening she might grab the guitar and sing a song. Stunning!
Now, with Fabian, who works since 10 years with us, she has a little son called Elias, Just another 16 years and he will be our next guide. For sure!
Growing up on a small ranch in the north western United States Liam´s education consisted of equal parts formal as well as outdoor instruction. His parents instilled in him the desire to be outside, an experience that taught him the importance of hard work, community involvement and stewardship. As he moved onto university to study international business the quality of the school weighed in his decision as much as the proximity to fishing streams. He focused his studies upon marketing, economics, and sustainable development with the eventual goal of finding a career in the outdoor industry or non-profit sector.
It was also during his time at university that he began working at a fishing lodge in Southern Idaho. Despite the cliché; he was instantly hooked. He has been an avid fly fisherman since he was a child. Despite his love of being on the water, he also worked in other areas of the lodge to ensure the best experience for the clients.
Next to being an excellent guide and oarsman, if you have the chance to be on the water with Liam, you will be surprised to hear his life stories. He studied in Germany, worked in refugee camps in Greece and knows all about installing water installations. And I am sure he will have you catching a fish or two in between.
The Fly Fishing Dutchman. After a successful career in the Dutch shipping industry, Marcel decided to change his life dramatically. Bought a ticket to South Africa, travelled the world with a backpack, a tent and a fly rod for almost two years and eventually ended up in Chile. That is in now over 20 years ago. And see what happened.
In the those 20 years he built up Patagonian BaseCamp to one of the most successful fly fishing lodges in South America and still just loves it. His love for Patagonia and fly fishing for trout is contagious. Be careful for him. But he already found a new challenge, the “Escondido Project”: a combination between a conservation and outdoor-experience project. For the next 20 years or so, he will be busy. Very busy.
But there is another challenge arising, turning his daughters Elena (9) and Isabel (5) into the next generation of fly fishing guides. A big challenge, because for now their lives are about pink ballet dresses rather than large trout from the Palena river.
Born and raised in Montana, Max is the personification of the perfect guide. Always happy, always ready and always fishy. And that is contagious to the highest level. A day on the river with Max stands for learning while catching. He just cannot help him self, his urge to make a better angler from everyone is unstoppable. And you will love it.
Max joined our our team in 2016 and became one of our most versatile guides. He fished most of our rivers and lakes and discovered some new techniques which were an eyeopener to us. Even after 20 years of fishing these waters. And I am afraid that Max is not quite done yet. If he is not on the water, he is inventing new flies or tying traditional ones.
Over the past five years, Max has guided the in Alaska and Washington State. He also founded his own University Fly Fishing and Conservation club, and he is currently working on a film for the Fly Fishing Film Tour with Sage, Buff, and Smith Optics. He truly is an amazing camera man, and some the best images on this website come from his camera. With Max we are now working on a second edition of our documentary “Trout in Plain Sight”. The way he flies a drone over the water and through the valleys is surely going to result in an amazing video.
Next to all that, he runs jet boats, rowed multiple class V waters, and has his US Coast Guard License.
At BaseCamp, he will be rowing all the waters at TempleCamp and will be involved in the fishing part of our Escondido Project. Catch a big brown with him and you will have the best photo´s of your life to prove it. Fishing with Max is fun guaranteed.
Sam is Big. Real Big. And that’s what you want of your guide who rows you through the famed rapids, El Diablo and Pin Ball Wizard on the Río Figueroa and the class 4+ rapid on the Río Rosselot. His expertise on the subject of guiding falls nothing short of the highest level of professionalism in the industry. Sam’s persona and qualities extends way beyond his capacity to have you catching fish, though. On or off the river his presence and demeanor match that of a well mannered, polite, kind, cultured young man. Sam is mainly based at TempleCamp and he is a guarantee for fun nights around the fire place. He is truly a student to the sport of fly fishing and remains steadfast on sharing his love of rivers, conservation, and of course fish.
Some of the particular rivers Sam guides on in the USA are known for its extreme whitewater. He has organized and successfully run multi day trips with clients through the Black Canyon of the Gunnison River. Safety is always on his radar and his experience and varying certifications puts him as one of the most dependable safest guides on the river.