The Fire Inside
Discovering the land where wild horses fly with the wind
On 3 March 2019, Marcell Claassen completed a 460km, 60-day 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 trekked the rugged and treacherous coastline that has been responsible for very many shipwrecks through the history of exploration and sailing in the South Atlantic. It's part of this coastline and its harsh weather, imposing sheer cliffs topped with wind-skewed and tangled forest, that forced him 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.
The book is not only an expedition diary, it provides insight into the routes, distances, equipment and provisions, wildlife lists for future expeditions. Illustrated by over 140 photos and 40 maps, it's a comprehensive expedition account and reference work, the first of its kind for Peninsula Mitre.