460km trek on foot from the world’s southernmost city, Ushuaia
USHUAIA, ARGENTINA. 3 MARCH 2019 – Marcell Claassen, 51 year old South African, arrived today after completing a 460km 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 was carrying supplies or at leadt 10-15 days at any given stage due to the remoteness and isolation of Peninsula Mitre.
At irregular intervals he encountered guachos (cowboys) or a puestero (caretaker for landowner) who invited him to spend a night or two at their hut where they would enjoy an asado (traditional Argentinian barbeque). They also provided Marcell some supplies for the next few days.
At Buen Suceso Bay in the southeast coast, a small Argentinian Naval detachment provided shelter for a 3-day storm and further support in the form of supplies for another 10 days.
Peninsula Mitre is rich in history and culture with archaeological finds dating back several thousand years. The rugged and treacherous coastline has been responsible for very many shipwrecks over at least 3 centuries.
It’s part of this coastline and its harsh weather, imposing sheer cliffs topped with wind-skewed and tangled forest, that forced Marcell 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.
One won’t find any trekking trails or routes although at times the tracks of guanacos, wild horses and cows were used. These tracks required a lot of caution as there is a constant risk of them leading to the crumbling edge of a high cliff.
Currently Marcell is planning and training for a trans-Patagonian expedition that over 8,000km will attempt to traverse both Chilean and Argentinian Patagonia on foot and with packraft (a lightweight inflatable expedition kayak). Companies and individuals interested in sponsoring the expedition are welcome to contact Marcell. To date no sponsorship has been procured yet.
About Marcell Claassen:
Born in Klerksdorp in the North West Province on 26 September 1967, the
In 2011, Marcell also completed a solo expedition through West Africa by overland truck from Harare, Zimbabwe to Bamako, Mali, a journey of 12,800km over two months.
His e-book of the expedition is available at Travelogue of a Solo Journey Through West Africa – buy a digital copy HERE.
Marcell Claassen is also available for interviews and can be contacted by e-mail, mobile phone and on Whatsapp:
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