Photo by Darin McQuoid

From the May 2013 C&K photo gallery:

Photo by Darin McQuoid. Rok Sribar exits the last of the Rio Baker’s three canyons. This Class V classic is world-renowned for its huge rapids, waves and blue-green Andean meltwater. It has also been a coveted target of dam builders and the center of an international debate in recent years. An international consortium had plans for 2,400-kilowatt hydroelectric project here to feed cities and copper smelters far to the north. In June 2014, however, Chile’s Committee of Ministers voted to reject the dam project, protecting one of Patagonia’s whitewater gems.

Read C&K’s report on the decision for more.

See more photos of the Rio Baker here.