Trekking Peninsula Mitre, Argentina 2019

Peninsula Mitre Expedition map
(This page is being updated currently.)

EXPEDITION  SUMMARY 
Date: 2 January 2019 - 3 March 2019
Duration: 60 days
Participants: Solo
(3 days trekking with Miguel Pira and Elio Torres)
Distance: 460km walked


EXPEDITION eBOOK


The Fire Inside (PDF format)
Discovering the land where wild horses fly with the wind

On 3 March 2019, Marcell Claassen completed a 460km, 60-day trek on foot from Ushuaia along the southern, eastern and north-western coast of Tierra del Fuego of which at least 300km is part of Peninsula Mitre, one of the most isolated and inhospitable areas of Argentina.
With a backpack weighing on average 35kg, Marcell trekked the rugged and treacherous coastline that has been responsible for very many shipwrecks through the history of exploration and sailing in the South Atlantic. It's part of this coastline and its harsh weather, imposing sheer cliffs topped with wind-skewed and tangled forest, that forced him to make two diversions inland along valleys, rivers and streams with a mix of tall marsh grass, densely forested mountain slopes and vast waterlogged bogs.
The book is not only an expedition diary, it provides insight into the routes, distances, equipment and provisions, wildlife lists for future expeditions. Illustrated by over 140 photos and 40 maps, it's a comprehensive expedition account and reference work, the first of its kind for Peninsula Mitre.




INFORMATION GENERAL
Birds
Expedition Bird List (PDF)


BLOG POSTS
Initial Press Release

Overview & Expedition Introduction
Where Wild Horses Fly with the Wind

Facing your Fears
Face to Face with your Fears

Camping
How to Choose a Good Site to Camp

Como Escoger un Buen Lugar para Acampar

Foodstuffs & Provisions 

Equipment/Gear
Gearing up for Extreme Trekking - Peninsula Mitre


PHOTOS (Flickr)

1. Ushuaia to Moat.
Beagle Channel

2. Moat to Cabo San Pablo
Peninsula Mitre


VIDEOS (YouTube)

Highlights from the Peninsula Mitre Expedition 2019

1. Ushuaia to Moat.

2. Moat to Puerto Español.
https://youtu.be/dhuMRDkDNdg

3. Puerto Español to Bahia Buen Suceso
https://youtu.be/Dhzuf0OtKwE

4. Buen Suceso to Estancia Policarpo
https://youtu.be/TBXRtDqrqPI

5. Estancia Policarpo to Estancia Maria Luisa
https://youtu.be/L0D-nlnbMAc



PENINSULA MITRE EXPEDITION TIMELINE 

*Day (km) and Total (km) refers only to distance walked

Total
Days
Diary
Day
Date (2019)
Night Camp/Location 
*Day (km)
Total (km)
1
1
Jan 2
Rio Encajonado 
10.74
10.74
2
2
Jan 3
Pre-Remolino
14.89
25.63
3
3
Jan 4
Planta veija de trucha
14.71
40.34
4
4
Jan 5
Rio Cambiceres, Estancia Harberton
12.00
52.34
5
5
Jan 6
Rio Chico
19.79
72.13
6
6
Jan 7
Rio Chico 
0.00
72.13
7
7
Jan 8
Prefectura de Moat
22.95
95.08
8

Jan 9
Ushuaia 
0.00

9

Jan 10
Ushuaia
0.00

10

Jan 11
Ushuaia
0.00

11

Jan 12
Ushuaia
0.00

12
1
Jan 13
Rancho Ibarra
28.00
123.08
13
2
Jan 14
Rancho Ibarra
0.00

14
3
Jan 15
Rancho Ibarra
0.00

15
4
Jan 16
Rancho Ibarra
0.00

16
5
Jan 17
Rancho Julian
15.00
138.08
17
6
Jan 18
Rancho Julian
0.00

18
7
Jan 19
Beach camp (1)
13.86
151.94
19
8
Jan 20
Playa Dorada
7.38
159.32
20
9
Jan 21
Forest Coral Camp
9.96
169.28
21
10
Jan 22
Turba Mountain 
17.31
186.59
22
11
Jan 23
Puerto Español 
6.82
193.41
23
12
Jan 24
Puerto Español 
0.00

24
13
Jan 25
Puerto Español 
0.00

25
14
Jan 26
Puerto Español 
0.00

26
15
Jan 27
Puerto Español 
0.00

27
16
Jan 28
Rancho Sopresa
11.06
204.47
28
17
Jan 29
Rio Bagualero 
8.53
213.00
29
18
Jan 30
Rio Bagualero 
0.00

30
19
Jan 31
Rio 21 de Febrero (1)
12.93
225.93
31
20
Feb 1
Rio 21 de Febrero (1)
0.00

32
21
Feb 2
Rio 21 de Febrero (2)
9.50
235.43
33
22
Feb 3
Cerro Pirámide 
8.95
244.38
34
23
Feb 4
Bahía Valentin
19.00
263.38
35
24
Feb 5
Bahía Valentin
0.00

36
25
Feb 6
Bahía Valentin
0.00

37
26
Feb 7
Rio SudAmerica 
12.85
276.23
38
27
Feb 8
Forest Rain Camp
4.89
281.12
39
28
Feb 9
Buen Suceso
13.50
294.62
40
29
Feb 10
Buen Suceso
0.00

41
30
Feb 11
Buen Suceso
0.00

42
31
Feb 12
Buen Suceso
0.00

43
32
Feb 13
Forest Caleta Camp
8.00
302.62
44
33
Feb 14
Caleta San Mauricio 
6.00
308.62
45
34
Feb 15
Faro San Diego
18.37
326.99
46
35
Feb 16
Bahía Thetis
18.00
344.19
47
36
Feb 17
Bahía Thetis
0.00

48
37
Feb 18
Bahía Thetis
0.00

49
38
Feb 19
Bahía Thetis
0.00

50
39
Feb 20
Puesto 3 Amigos
12.00
356.99
51
40
Feb 21
Estancia Policarpo 
14.18
371.17
52
41
Feb 22
Estancia Policarpo 
0.00

53
42
Feb 23
Puesto Rio Bueno (por cuatri)
0.00

54
43
Feb 24
Rancho Jorge
8.26
379.43
55
44
Feb 25
Rancho Jorge
0.00

56
45
Feb 26
Refugio Leticia
8.14
387.57
57
46
Feb 27
Punta Noguera (cerca)
14.60
402.17
58
47
Feb 28
Puesto La Chaira 
12.49
414.66
59
48
Mar 1
Puesto La Chaira 
0.00

60
49
Mar 2
Km75 - Ruta Complementaria “A”
28.00
442.66
61
50
Mar 3
Ushuaia 
13.00
455.66








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