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.
Crossing the Bahia Kelly.
Waterfall in the unexplored Cajón Yaconi.
Whale bones, Punta Blanca.
Boots and Costilla de Vaca. Punta Cuchillo.
View from Mirador Rinsey, Campo de hielo norte.
Descending the Rio Andres, a rainbow.
Forests along the Cajón Yaconi
Confluence of Rio Lucar and Rio Negro.
Bandurrias on the Playa San Quintin.
Ascending the Rio Andres.
Copihues, Punta Cuchillo.
Coigues in Valle Arbolado.
Glaciar San Quintin.
The view from the unexplored Cajon Yaconi, into the unexplored Valle Arbolado.
Coigues between the Rio Andres and Glaciar Benito
Glaciar Andres, from Rio Andres.
Punta Cuchillo, foam on the beach.
Turkey Vulture at Punta Blanca.
Glaciar San Rafael, from my final camp.
View from Mirador Rinsey, showing the Lago Tokeley, the outflow lagoon in Valle Arbolado, and Glaciar Andres in the distance.
Slow progress through the unexplored Cajon Yaconi
Glaciar Christian Vargas.
Waterfall at the northern lagoon of the San Quintin Glacier.
Like a preacher; camp at Glaciar Andres.
Panorama of the Rio Andres, looking south
Costilla de Vaca, Copihues and other vegetation along the banks of the Rio Negro.
Icebergs at Glaciar San Quintín.
The last evening, Laguna San Rafael.
Mist on the mountains, Lago Andres.
Vegetation in the Cajón Yaconi.
Descending the river in the unexplored Valle Arbolado.
Copihue floating on the Rio Negro.
Icebergs in front of Glaciar Andres.
The unexplored Glaciar Christian Vargas.
Exploring Cajón Yaconi.
Unamed stream, Playa and Glaciar San Quintin.
On the banks of Rio Andres, at the confluence with the river leading out of Valle Arbolado.
Dead trees along the Rio Blanco.
Camp on the Rio Nevado.
Impossible walking territory; rotten, moss-covered logs in the Valle Arbolado
Glaciar San Rafael, from the Rio Negro.
Packraft at Glaciar San Quintin.
Punta Cuchillo at sunset.
Cajon Inesperado, lower reaches of the Valle Arbolado.
Camp at Glaciar Andres.
Inky Reflections in the Rio Negro.
Waterfalls above Glaciar Andres.
Glaciar San Rafael, from Rio Negro.
Glaciar Frankel and the Patagonian Andes.
Vistas on the Playa San Quintin, across the Istmo de Ofqui.
View from Mirador Rinsey.
Arrogance at Glaciar Andres.
The best wilderness surf spot I’ve seen.
The view from Mirador Rinsey over the Northern Patagonian Ice Cap.
Packraft and San Quintin Glacier.
Ice crystals on Playa San Quintin, at the mouth of the Rio Nevado.
Mountains, seen from the unexplored Cajón Yaconi.
Camp on the Rio Andres.
Glaciar India and Lago India in the foreground.
Reflections, Punta Cuchillo.
Mist upon the middle arm of the Glaciar San Quintín.
Forest floor along the Rio Andres
Copihues along the Rio Negro.
Glaciar Andres, from the pass into Cajon Yaconi.
The first images of the unexplored Glaciar India, seen from a hillock above Cajon Yaconi.
Sapo Manchado, Istmo de Ofqui.
Confluence of the Rio Lucar and the Rio Negro. Start of the Rio San Tadeo.
Ice berg in front of Glaciar Benito.
Glaciar San Quintin and the marshes of the Istmo de Ofqui.
Mosquitos and discomfort.
Rey Pescador, river of the Valle Arbolado.
Playa San Quintin.
Upriver towards Glaciar Frankel.
The first images of Glaciar India, taken from Cajón Yaconi.