The island of Tierra del Fuego, one of Patagonia’s most southern and remote areas, will host the more than 600 km journey across the Land of the Fire making the eighth Expedition Race in Patagonia the most southern race in the history of adventure racing. Competitors will have to venture through the majestic white-capped mountains of the Darwin Range and the freezing waters of legendary Beagle Channel.
The isolated location, unpredictable weather and unexplored landscapes will combine to create a truly extreme adventure race. It is the adventure at the end of the world.
20 nations will be represented in Patagonia including USA, Canada, Germany, Denmark, South Africa, Spain, France, Brazil, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Great Britain, Czech Republic, Turkey, Mexico, Columbia, Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile.
The race begins on 9th February and will end on the 17th. Registration is on the 6th in Punta Arenas, Chili and a technical skill evaluation will be held on the 7th – including an equipment check. Start day, the 9th, will also see the teams being transferred to Tierra del Fuego.
The race will include trekking, mountain biking, sea kayaking, rope handling, navigation skills, and, of course, good team strategies. All disciplines have been chosen with consideration to the natural lie of the land. There will be no forced or artificial testing.
As always with Adventure Racing, participants must have good navigational skills. The geographic location of the course forces the competitors to work in areas where it will be very difficult to establish reference points. In order to advance correctly the teams will use compasses and altimeters, in addition to the route book and the maps provided by the organization.
Race Founder and Director, Stjepan Pavicic, said: “The value of Wenger Patagonian Expedition Race is in presenting not only a physical and mental challenge, but also a message: we must preserve this remote and pristine region of Chilean Patagonia. I’m proud it has become recognized in both respects.”
The following video from the race of 2007 (julioserna) gives you a good idea of what this race is all about, and the awesome terrain that the competitors will have to challenge.
However, every edition of this race features a unique route. Past racers have found themselves in the Southern Continental Ice Field, the Straight of Magellan, Torres del Paine, Tierra del Fuego, the Beagle Channel and Cape Horn. The land is diverse, the challenge real, the adventure untamed.