we did stablish a campsite on the West bay inside a
Decidous Beech forest in
what it looked like an abadoned Magellanic penguin colony. We stood in
total two nights (three days).
The idea of visiting a place very few people has been was to say the
least impresive. As you know the idea to go there is to explore so that
we familiarise with the condition and analize how to face future visits
The island is fascinating so are its habitants compsed by so special
birds like Striated Caracaras (a lot more juveniles than adults),
Fuegian Snipe, Rockhopper, Macaroni and Magellanic Penguins, Antarctic
and Subantarctic Giant Petrels, Blackish Cinclodes, etc.
Besides the circumnavegation of the island, we did also visit the access
to colonies to check where to land, etc.
The last day we decided to explore the mountaneous side to aproach the
Giant Petrels that we saw flying about 300 meters above our heads what
it looks like the average heighth of this little range. The good thing
is that it is possible (is difficult) but possible. The main problem for
walking is the flat cover of beech trees that are a lot deeper that they
look from above meaning a few falls. The rest of the walk is over moss,
likens and bogs. Once in the rocks things are a bit easier. On the way
down (in one of the
times I fell) I lost my radio (pretty bad in terms
of trash) but I will try to recover it in future trips eventhough is not
going to be working.
Well, we are preparing a first trip for January 2004
so soon will have
the information about rates and avilability (that we think will be for a
maximun of 6-7 pax) and of course I count with my good friend Hetmut
among them. Will be in touch.