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.
Camp on the Rio Andres.
The view from the unexplored Cajon Yaconi, into the unexplored Valle Arbolado.
Glaciar Christian Vargas.
Packraft and San Quintin Glacier.
Copihues, Punta Cuchillo.
Mist upon the middle arm of the Glaciar San Quintín.
Waterfalls above Glaciar Andres.
Punta Cuchillo, foam on the beach.
Mist on the mountains, Lago Andres.
Bandurrias on the Playa San Quintin.
Boots and Costilla de Vaca. Punta Cuchillo.
Panorama of the Rio Andres, looking south
Ascending the Rio Andres.
Ice berg in front of Glaciar Benito.
Vegetation in the Cajón Yaconi.
Descending the Rio Andres, a rainbow.
Mosquitos and discomfort.
Arrogance at Glaciar Andres.
Ice crystals on Playa San Quintin, at the mouth of the Rio Nevado.
Glaciar Andres, from the pass into Cajon Yaconi.
Mountains, seen from the unexplored Cajón Yaconi.
Coigues between the Rio Andres and Glaciar Benito
Camp at Glaciar Andres.
Punta Cuchillo at sunset.
Rey Pescador, river of the Valle Arbolado.
Iceberg in the Laguna San Rafael.
Forest floor along the Rio Andres
Glaciar San Rafael, from Rio Negro.
Confluence of Rio Lucar and Rio Negro.
Exploring Cajón Yaconi.
Dead trees along the Rio Blanco.
Playa San Quintin.
Vistas on the Playa San Quintin, across the Istmo de Ofqui.
Waterfall in the unexplored Cajón Yaconi.
Glaciar San Quintin.
The best wilderness surf spot I’ve seen.
Inky Reflections in the Rio Negro.
Playa San Quintin.
Coigues in Valle Arbolado.
Copihues along the Rio Negro.
Glaciar San Quintin and the marshes of the Istmo de Ofqui.
Glaciar Frankel and Austral Andes.
Like a preacher; camp at Glaciar Andres.
View from Mirador Rinsey, showing the Lago Tokeley, the outflow lagoon in Valle Arbolado, and Glaciar Andres in the distance.
Icebergs at Glaciar San Quintín.
Cajon Inesperado, lower reaches of the Valle Arbolado.
Impossible walking territory; rotten, moss-covered logs in the Valle Arbolado
Slow progress through the unexplored Cajon Yaconi
View from Mirador Rinsey, Campo de hielo norte.
The view from Mirador Rinsey over the Northern Patagonian Ice Cap.
The last evening, Laguna San Rafael.
On the banks of Rio Andres, at the confluence with the river leading out of Valle Arbolado.
Glaciar India and Lago India in the foreground.
Crossing the Bahia Kelly.
Costilla de Vaca, Copihues and other vegetation along the banks of the Rio Negro.
Camp on the Rio Nevado.
The first images of the unexplored Glaciar India, seen from a hillock above Cajon Yaconi.
Confluence of the Rio Lucar and the Rio Negro. Start of the Rio San Tadeo.
The unexplored Glaciar Christian Vargas.
Icebergs in front of Glaciar Andres.
Forests along the Cajón Yaconi
Upriver towards Glaciar Frankel.
Glaciar San Rafael, from the Rio Negro.
Copihue floating on the Rio Negro.
The first images of Glaciar India, taken from Cajón Yaconi.
Whale bones, Punta Blanca.
Glaciar Andres, from Rio Andres.
View from Mirador Rinsey.
Waterfall at the northern lagoon of the San Quintin Glacier.
Glaciar Frankel and the Patagonian Andes.
Sapo Manchado, Istmo de Ofqui.
Turkey Vulture at Punta Blanca.
Unamed stream, Playa and Glaciar San Quintin.
Descending the river in the unexplored Valle Arbolado.
A 16 night hiking and packrafting trip across Arctic Norway. 4 fantastic evenings of Northern Lights, wild blueberries everywhere and some beautiful stretches of untarnished nature left us with full tanks and frayed tires.
Our route, somewhere between Narvik and Bodo (more precisely, between Drag and Megarden)