Unexplored destinations*: Glaciar India, Lago India, Glaciar Christian Vargas, Cajón Yaconi, Valle Arbolado, Cajón Inesperado.
Brief description: This trip, a 24 day solo trip, was carried out in an extremely remote part of Patagonia. From the moment I was dropped at the start point to the moment I was collected, I saw not a single person or sign of human activity. It was breathtakingly stunning at times, and inexplicably hard the rest. A beautiful and life defining experience!
Animals seen: Whale; toninas (chilean dolphins); seals; leopard seal; sea lions; fox; a variety of birds including Magellanic woodpeckers, cisne de cuello negro, pato huala, king fishers, hummingbirds. Otter tracks also seen on a beach. Large quantity of whale bones.
* The names given to these places are, of course, unofficial and hold no geographic importance. Valle Arbolado refers to the beautiful, forested nature of the valley. Cajón Inesperado refers to the manner in which, on descending Valle Arbolado, it turned into a steep and unexpected canyon. Glaciar Christian Vargas, Cajón Yaconi, Mirador Rinsey and Glaciar India are names given in gratitud to special people (or places, in the case of Rinsey). They are the names that I gave to these places in my trip notes during the expedition.
View from Mirador Rinsey, Campo de hielo norte.
Turkey Vulture at Punta Blanca.
Glaciar San Rafael, from the Rio Negro.
View from Mirador Rinsey, showing the Lago Tokeley, the outflow lagoon in Valle Arbolado, and Glaciar Andres in the distance.
Mist on the mountains, Lago Andres.
Icebergs in front of Glaciar Andres.
Vegetation in the Cajón Yaconi.
Rey Pescador, river of the Valle Arbolado.
Slow progress through the unexplored Cajon Yaconi
Forest floor along the Rio Andres
Playa San Quintin.
Glaciar Andres, from the pass into Cajon Yaconi.
Mosquitos and discomfort.
Waterfall at the northern lagoon of the San Quintin Glacier.
Sapo Manchado, Istmo de Ofqui.
The last evening, Laguna San Rafael.
Ice berg in front of Glaciar Benito.
Packraft and San Quintin Glacier.
Inky Reflections in the Rio Negro.
Glaciar Frankel and Austral Andes.
Like a preacher; camp at Glaciar Andres.
Camp on the Rio Andres.
Whale bones, Punta Blanca.
Packraft at Glaciar San Quintin.
The first images of the unexplored Glaciar India, seen from a hillock above Cajon Yaconi.
Copihues along the Rio Negro.
Glaciar Frankel and the Patagonian Andes.
Confluence of the Rio Lucar and the Rio Negro. Start of the Rio San Tadeo.
Glaciar Christian Vargas.
Descending the river in the unexplored Valle Arbolado.
Copihue floating on the Rio Negro.
Glaciar San Rafael, from Rio Negro.
Confluence of Rio Lucar and Rio Negro.
Playa San Quintin.
On the banks of Rio Andres, at the confluence with the river leading out of Valle Arbolado.
Arrogance at Glaciar Andres.
Vistas on the Playa San Quintin, across the Istmo de Ofqui.
Glaciar India and Lago India in the foreground.
The unexplored Glaciar Christian Vargas.
Coigues between the Rio Andres and Glaciar Benito
Glaciar San Quintin and the marshes of the Istmo de Ofqui.
Waterfall in the unexplored Cajón Yaconi.
Coigues in Valle Arbolado.
Ascending the Rio Andres.
Boots and Costilla de Vaca. Punta Cuchillo.
The view from Mirador Rinsey over the Northern Patagonian Ice Cap.
View from Mirador Rinsey.
Bandurrias on the Playa San Quintin.
Reflections, Punta Cuchillo.
Panorama of the Rio Andres, looking south
Camp at Glaciar Andres.
Glaciar Andres, from Rio Andres.
Waterfalls above Glaciar Andres.
Costilla de Vaca, Copihues and other vegetation along the banks of the Rio Negro.
The first images of Glaciar India, taken from Cajón Yaconi.
Descending the Rio Andres, a rainbow.
Upriver towards Glaciar Frankel.
Unamed stream, Playa and Glaciar San Quintin.
Punta Cuchillo, foam on the beach.
Punta Cuchillo at sunset.
Forests along the Cajón Yaconi
Copihues, Punta Cuchillo.
Mist upon the middle arm of the Glaciar San Quintín.
The best wilderness surf spot I’ve seen.
Camp on the Rio Nevado.
Mountains, seen from the unexplored Cajón Yaconi.
Icebergs at Glaciar San Quintín.
Crossing the Bahia Kelly.
Glaciar San Quintin.
Exploring Cajón Yaconi.
Dead trees along the Rio Blanco.
Iceberg in the Laguna San Rafael.
Impossible walking territory; rotten, moss-covered logs in the Valle Arbolado
Ice crystals on Playa San Quintin, at the mouth of the Rio Nevado.
Glaciar San Rafael, from my final camp.
Cajon Inesperado, lower reaches of the Valle Arbolado.
The view from the unexplored Cajon Yaconi, into the unexplored Valle Arbolado.