The team of Arek Mytko (head of the expedition – Poland), Maurico Alarcon (Chile) and Alex Albarnoz (Chile) hailed the expedition as a success.
The team had sailed from Punta Arenas and after 33 days paddling, they finally got to Puerto Natales in southern Patagonia in Chile, paving a new way for kayaking with 500 kilometres section of run off and two portages through the mountains and valleys.
Apart from the very difficult navigation of the Strait of Magellan, the team defeated the intricate channels Jeronimo, Gallardo, Xaultegua Skyring and Obstruccion. During the 33 days trailing, the team only twice had a tail wind, in other cases, apart from several days of relative calm, the wind was blowing in the face or from the side.
On the last two weeks of paddling there was a cold front from the south, which brought cold air, snow, hail and winds of up to 100 km/h. During this period, the team very slowly gained kilometres but spent most of the time waiting at rocky beaches for the wind to calm down. The last days were nothing more than hunger whilst looking for food in the forest and the sea, which due to strong winds was not suitable for fishing.
Currently the team is regenerating, but Arek Mytko is already planning another exploratory expedition in the area in the nearest future.
Read all about the expedition in the late Spring issue of the Paddler.