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Jonathan Duke

Traveller with an eye for awesomeness

At any one moment, Jon Duke is either packing his knapsack, unpacking his knapsack, or dreaming of his next big adventure with said knapsack. He has an insatiable hunger for unconventional travel. Into the wilderness with a kayak and a toothbrush. Or, better yet, into the untamed heart of a foreign land with a camera and an eye for awesomeness. He returns home with his pockets full of sand and inspiration, the latter of which he infuses into his blog and his work as an agency ad man.

Connect with Jon on Twitter @DukeNL or visit his travel blog for more stories and adventures.
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No Fear Kayaking the White Waters of Argentina

Perched on the abyss, I was about to drop into a black hole ringed by surging white water. There was no turning back now. Paddle hard. Be aggressive. Follow my guide's line. As an avid sea kayaker I was eager to try white water for the first time. And where better than in the foothills of the Andes? I knew white water was a whole different skill set, but I was confident some of my sea kayaking knowledge would cross over. Turns out I was a little over-confident...
08/10/2012 12:14 EDT
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A Novice Hiker Takes on the Mountains of Patagonia

I had already been enjoying the relaxed pace of rural Patagonia for a couple weeks and I'd decided to settle down in El Chalten, the trekking capital of Argentina, for a week. We set out for Cerro Fitz Roy base camp, a 26 kilometre round trip. This granite spear peaks at 3,375 metres and attracts hardcore climbers from the world over. From here the real work began.
08/01/2012 12:14 EDT
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I'll Have a Jameson on (Patagonian Glacier) Ice, Please

With each step my crampons dug into the surface of the glacier with a satisfying crunch. The cold wind off the ice made this Argentinian summer feel like a winter's day in Newfoundland. I'm walking on Perito Moreno glacier, deep in rural Patagonia. Back on the boat I sipped on a Jameson over glacier ice. This is as far south as my journey in Argentina will take me.
07/25/2012 12:13 EDT
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Getting (Almost) Robbed in the Slums of Buenos Aires

I exited the subway system back onto the sunny streets of Buenos Aires, Argentina. I was walking through the street vendors that line the way to the bus station when a spray of liquid hit me from behind. I remembered a warning about the pick pocketing distractions that I might encounter -- I quickly realized I was in the middle of one of them. With that realization I took off zig zagging through the crowds...
07/18/2012 12:03 EDT
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Surrounded by Thousands of Penguins in Punta Tumbo

Punta Tumbo is home to over half a million Magellanic penguins. The path for us humans, although marked and restricted, goes straight through the penguin's breeding ground. This means you're surrounded by thousands of knee-high penguins waddling from their dens to the sea and then back again. Hugo warned us not to let them get too close though, as they were known for nipping nosey tourists.
07/16/2012 04:04 EDT

Argentina's Darkest Corner: Slum or New Beginning?

Villa 31 is not included on the map of Buenos Aires. It does not receive basic municipal services such as sanitation, water, public transportation or street lights. Are the villas of Buenos Aires home to inescapable cycles of poverty, or are they the means by which immigrants and migrants gain a foothold in the city to someday create a better life for themselves and their families?
07/09/2012 03:36 EDT
Ryan Lewis

Get Off the Grid This Labour Day Weekend

By replying to that email, text,Tweet or wall post, we're missing out on real conversations with people in the same room as us. And worse -- we're saying 'I'm more important than you.' This Labour Day weekend, turn off that phone.
09/02/2011 04:03 EDT