Welcome to camp Washout!

As the team aboard the Sur-Austral welcomed Helena, I (Loïc) met Jon and Mathew on the shore of Steffen fjord. For a few days, I joined our British collaborators from Bristol University, who were collecting water samples from the main tributary of Steffen fjord: Huemules river (https://twitter.com/cryopisces). We shared stories of our recent adventures as we…

Better than manjar!

After spending five days along Baker River and collecting nearly 40 meters of sediment, our beloved Russian corer deserved a good rest. So did our backs. Before hitting the road to Tortel to start the second chapter of our expedition, we decided to explore proglacial lake Calluqueo, one of Loic’s study sites. Reaching the lake…

Fourty meters of mud and counting…

Hola, “You’re early!” Seb said slightly surprised when he picked us (Eleonora, Elke and Loic) up from the airport in Balmaceda. He was already accustomed to the slower mentality of southern Chile. Eleonora and Loic learned this swiftly on their first day shopping in Coyhaique for ropes, straps, buckets, chains, etc. that will be needed…

Wishing Tortel farewell

After four weeks in Patagonia, the expedition has come to an end. Partially due to ideal weather conditions but mostly due to the great team, we could take full advantage of the 12 hours of daylight and of every hour onboard. We eventually managed to reach our goals and mapped a total area of approximately…

Here comes the sun

Since our arrival in Tortel, we unfortunately experienced the humid weather conditions which are so characteristic for the Chilean fjords. However, things have changed for the better and since the survey started, we went from pinging in the rain to bright sunshiny days. Thanks to the favorable weather conditions, we already completed half of the…

Assembling our lawn-mower

A few days have gone since we arrived in Chile. After some delay, our last bits of equipment finally arrived at CIEP (Centro de Investigación en Ecosistemas de la Patagonia), the institute of our collaborators in Coyhaique. Although this was a major step forward, our final destination, Caleta Tortel, was still 500 km away. In the…

Austral winter lawn-mowing

Seven months have passed since the last field expedition in January, so it is time for us to head back and continue our GLOF adventure. I exchanged my Chilean summer expedition luggage for some warm winter clothing since weather forecasts predict temperatures barely climbing above freezing point. For this expedition, the plan is to map the…