February 2024

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Promotion of the Fern Line Drawing Workshop begins

Registration has already begun for the next workshop involving science and art in Vodudahue. Conducted by tutors Claire Banks (artist from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh) and Diego Alarcón (fern specialist from Universidad de Concepción), it will take place between April 14 and 19 in Placeta, and will have 8 slots for beginner-level participants. The program includes field trips to identify species, study of fern anatomy, introduction to drawing and inking, composition of botanical plates, and other activities.

Presentation of the Vodudahue Nursery Propagation Manual

At the end of February, the Propagation Manual developed by Sol Bercovich during her summer internship was presented. Bercovich, a Biological Sciences student at P. Universidad Católica de Chile, built upon a document initially prepared by Alejandra Muñoz, intern for the first semester of 2023.

This collaborative endeavour will allow us to have on hand well-documented information, the product of an exhaustive bibliographic review and interviews with those in charge of the nursery, where the main stages and requirements for the cultivation of different species are described. Bercovich’s main contribution was the phenology wheels, a didactic depiction of six species’ phases of the annual cycle.

Entomologists’ summer campaign in Vodudahue

Between February 23 and 29, specialist Rodrigo Barahona and his entomology team (Francisco Tello, Vanessa Durán and Fernanda Olivares) toured the different Vodudahue properties, in the context of a Universidad de Los Lagos project led by Barahona. In addition to setting traps, the objective was to sample the invertebrates found in the valley during the summer, since Vodudahue is one of the study sites that they will be visiting each season during 2024.

Collaboration with

Always active

The Vertical team is tireless. They are the ones in charge of keeping Placeta’s facilities clean and in good condition, which is no small feat. This month, for example, they conducted maintenance at the Placeta treatment plant, changed the fuel dispenser filter, installed the fuel pump, and cleaned the outboard motor.
They also cut the grass, helped Ignacio Rehbein move firewood with his tractor, and thoroughly cleaned the shelter’s kitchen (including the drains), rooms, windows, bathrooms and fountain.
Likewise, the team of guides assisted forestry workers and tourists. Placeta guides also deserve special mention for the presentation of the soil transect and plant measurement project.
During February, the refuge was almost completely occupied, with different work teams from Alerce 3000. Tourists, people from the forestry and ROC teams also visited. Most notable were visits from Margarita Alcalde and María Luisa Eguiguren.

Education and adventure programs in Vodudahue

Taking advantage of the good weather and the talent of the guides, the Vertical team spent the entire summer working on the development of the education and adventure programs to be carried out in the Vodudahue area.
In March, Vertical will welcome first-year Wharton MBA students, as it has with past alumni. Jules Roy, director of Wharton Leadership Ventures office, will also be joining the team this year.
Also during March, in the Pillán and Vodudahue areas, an educational program will be carried out with secondary school students and teachers from Nido de Águilas, fully involving the local community of Vodudahue and the Comau Fjord.
Likewise, joining efforts for touristic development in Placeta Vodudahue, Vertical invited two experienced international guides to work in the Wharton MBA program in Vodudahue. They want to get to know the area and explore alternatives for future joint programs.

Advances in the construction of stainless-steel stairs

During January and February, the Vertical team has been actively working on the construction of the stainless-steel stairs, which will be installed at the end of March 2024 on the route up to the Douglas Point massif, in Vodudahue. It is worth mentioning that until now the path to Douglas Point and its offshoots have had wooden stairs, with little security. The change to stainless-steel stairs will allow the path to the beginning of the Via Ferrata to not only be much safer, but also more durable and efficient in terms of maintenance.