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Aventura al fin del mundo 2016 - 2017 Incognita Patagonia expedition explores THE southernmost ice field in Tierra del Fuego Map of Cloue Ice Field and its surroundings. / Mapa geográfico del Campo de hielo Cloue y sus alrededores. Text: Eñaut Izagirre. Photos and maps: Incognita Patagonia 2016 Beyond Darwin Mountain Range and Mount Sarmiento, in a labyrinth of fiords, canals and southern mountains, Cloue Ice Field is located, in Hoste Island (Tierra del Fuego). “These are little big mountains”; this was the phrase legendary climber and scientific from United States, Charlie Porter (1950-2014) used to define the mountains and Cloue Ice Field to Ibai Rico, one of the members of the team, back in 2009. And it is possible this ice field is the area most exposed to the western winds (known as Westerlies) in all of Patagonia. The team has had to endure highly demanding logistics; on the one hand, arriving in Puerto Williams, southernmost city in the whole South American continent, involves an exciting trip in itself, aboard Aerovías DAP’s famous and efficient Twin Otter; on the other hand, complicated sailing, filled with storms, wind and ever changing conditions in a practically unknown and unexplored place, where logistics and strategy has been key. This 40 days expedition has been sponsored by the Young Explorers Grant from National Geographic, Joxe Takolo from Azpeitia’s city hall, Geographical Fieldwork Grant from the Royal Geographical Society and BMC Expedition Grant from the British Mountaneering Council. And we must mention all the sponsors who have aided in this quest: Aerovías DAP, Alpacka Raft, Conaf Magallanes, Honey Stinger, International SOS, Marmot, Skout Organic, TentMeals and project Uncharted. Alpinism, exploration and science Evan Miles (Portland, USA), Ibai Rico (Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country) and Eñaut Izagirre (Elgoibar, Basque Country) knew eachother from a couple years before, and after gathering the scarce information regarding the Cloue peninsula and the ice field located there, with the inestimable help of Camilo Rada (Chilean alpinist and explorer), decided to put forward an expedition to the extreme south of Tierra del Fuego. The team was completed with Caesar The team, lead by Eñaut Izagirre, partially funded by National Geographic and with the support of Aerovías DAP, investigates the glacial evolution of the unexplored Cloue Ice Field, developing cartography of one of the most remote and unknown areas of Patagonia for the first time. Ibai Rico and Evan Miles carry out the first expedition through the ice field, climbing two virgin summits. Schinas, young sailor who has been of great help in the scientific part as well, and Keri Pashuk, captain of the Northanger ship, highly experienced in sailing the southernmost seas. The expedition held a double objective: exploration and science in alpinist style, to understand the glaciers and their surroundings. Firstly, the Cloue Ice Field had nearly no expeditions, so climbing it and crossing over was a challenge in itself; secondly, the team has studied the recent evolution of the glaciers using geomorphological deposits and the depths of the fiords. Moreover, the premature death of Charlie in 2014, left his network of meteorological stations 8 Adventure at the End of the World

Aventura al fin del mundo 2016 - 2017 unattended, and one of the secondary objectives of the trip was to rescue part of this network to monitor the relationship between meteorological conditions and the glaciers in the southernmost part of South America, a project that has already started with Universidad de Magallanes in Punta Arenas, in conjunction with student and investigator Eñaut. All of this will be captured in a quality, publicly available cartographic map. The Cloue Ice Field Voyage “The snow and hailstones storm had come out of control against all forecasts, and the wind was strong enough to drop us into the ground on a dark night. Hurricane, glacial wind was eating us alive, like a great black mouth daring to devour us. Tierra del Fuego. We were finally standing by these “small great mountains” of Cloue Ice Field, and now everything seemed clear to us…” wrote Ibai in one of the critical moments of the voyage. Cloue Ice Field, with a present extension of 210 square kilometers had first been mentioned by Romanche expedition at the end of the XIX Century, and many years later, in 1989 by a Canadan expedition that ventured into the northeastern extreme, but the main summits and ice field were unexplored. After a week sailing on the Northanger, through complicated winds, the team reached the western extreme of Hoste Island, where the ice field is located. Evan and Ibai decided to opt for a light travelling style to cross the 30 kilometers of thick forest, cracked glaciers, peaks and edges of the island, heading from west to east. With light equipment and gas for a week, they began at Coloane Estuary, prepared for ski-alpinism and material to build a tent. After crossing a live ice area and a broken corridor, they reached the top plateau. In spite of favorable forecasts by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (USA), that same afternoon they had to set camp and were stuck in a storm that lasted the entire next day in a rocky hill on the western extreme of the ice field. Meanwhile, the ship had to endure strong wind gusts and bad conditions in general, to be able to reach the other extreme of the ice field by sea, and thus gain access to the most remote and least accessible meteorological stations in the South American continent. and a thermal sensation of -45°C), they Encouraged by a relative improvement, decided to continue without stopping, past rise in pressure and favorable meteorology dawn and for the rest of the following day, for that night and the next day, Evan and for a total of 18 hours fighting cracks and Ibai picked up the camp and left at 2 in the rocky points, until arriving at Fouque fiord in morning. The forecast, once again, did not the eastern extreme of the Cloue peninsula, stand, and the two men were caught in where the Northanger ship managed to arrive what they consider to be the worst storm for their pickup. of their lives. Hurricane winds, snow and hailstones, visibility of only two meters and First climbs of Mount Cloue a sea of cracks hidden under thin bridges of and Tower Saia snow… The roped team kept skiing through Some days later, and after developing scientific the night, led by the GPS and the maps work in the area, the team decided one of previously created by the team, signaling the objectives of the expedition, climbing the importance of good preparation for this some of the virgin summits of the ice field to expedition. have a better knowledge of altitudes, was The wind let them advance very slowly and not yet achieved. Thus, Evan and Ibai left they suffered several falls in cracks from the Northanger and set upon a new incursion which gladly they could escape without issue. in the high area of the ice field, where the Even so, with no chance of setting camp or highest peaks were located. stopping to dig a cave (winds of 120 km/h Access and logistics play a main role in a Team photo: top, from left to right, Caesar Schinas, Ibai Rico and Evan Miles; bottom, from left to right Eñaut Izagirre and Keri Pashuk. / Foto de equipo: arriba de izquierda a derecha Caesar Schinas, Ibai Rico y Evan Miles; debajo de izquierda a derecha Eñaut Izagirre y Keri Pashuk. Adventure at the End of the World 9

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