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Part 2 of Sailing in Tierra del Fuego

Story by Greg Annandale May 2nd, 2016

A SAILING EXPEDITION AROUND CAPE HORN & THE BEAGLE CHANNEL, Part 2

To recap the first post in this series; mid-March 2016 I reconvened with the crew at Vertical Shot Expeditions for a reconnaissance trip in Patagonia; two weeks of sailing around Cape Horn and the Beagle Channel in our expedition yacht Selma. Post-sailing, I spent a week trekking around the Dientes de Navarino; a 5-day route through the mountainous island of Navarino at the very southern tip of Chile.

Peak Design supported Alex Buisse and I on the trip, providing us with gear which proved invaluable; the Slide straps & Capture Clips ensuring our cameras were always at the ready, along with the Shell covers keeping the salt spray off the bodies & lenses.

The third and final post in this series contains the images shot on medium format film.

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Taking in the view from the masts

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Accompanied by Cetaceans

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Sunset & Moonrise

After mooring for the night, a zodiac ride to shore followed by a short hike through the forest delivered stunning views of Pia fjord.

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Glaciated peaks

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Sunrise over the beagle channel

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heading inland

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Beagle Channel Panorama

Ushuaia (Argentina) far left on the distant shore (beneath the snow-capped peaks), Puerto Williams (Chile) bottom right on the near shore.

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Beautifully clear skies

Occasionally the clouds would clear long enough at night to reveal a stunning view of the Milky Way. The two Magellanic Clouds also very visible (next to the Milky Way); irregular dwarf galaxies visible from the southern hemisphere.

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El Dientes de Navarino Circuit

The southernmost trekking route in the world, the Dientes Circuit on Isla Navarino is a seldom frequented 53km circuit through a wilderness of rugged terrain, lakes dotted with beaver dams and mountain passes where the Andes crumble into the Antarctic Plate, the final piece of land before Cape Horn.

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On to part 3…

Footnote: Shot with Nikon D800, D600 and Sony RX100 III. All photos copyright Greg Annandale.
Tierra del Fuego Province, Chile