Where The Adventure Began
Below 40 degrees south there is no law and below 50 degrees south there is no God.
At the very tip of South America, where the Andes plunge into the Southern Ocean lies one of the planet’s most isolated areas; Tierra Del Fuego. An area of such weather extremes that sailors claim, “Below 40 degrees South there is no law and below 50 degrees South there is no God.” A place so isolated it’s possible that more people have been to the South Pole than have explored in Tierra del Fuego.
This land of extremes has long been a magnet for explorers like Magellan, Drake, Darwin, and Shakleton. Yet in this land of extreme and violent weather there is also great beauty. This draws others who seek out Earth’s most remote places and 24 years ago Howard Rice made the journey to Tierra Del Fuego.
In December 1990 Howard Rice completed a voyage around Cape Horn, the “sailor’s Mount Everest”. He accomplished this in a 15 foot wood and canvas sailing canoe. This was a methodically thought out and well prepared voyage.
In a place that will suffer no fool this voyage was no fool’s errand. He trained for over two years in Michigan and the Northeast with a strict regimen of physical and endurance preparation. This included paddling and sailing in harsh winter conditions with temperatures as low as 15 degrees below zero.
His intention was to experience a true solo voyage with the physical challenge and self-discovery that comes from such a journey. Unlike the extreme reality TV shows of today, where risks are basically orchestrated stunts performed in front of a camera, Howard made his voyage completely unsupported and unsponsored by choice.
Now, twenty-five years later that journey continues. Howard is returning on another solo voyage to explore the remote Beagle Channel and isolated Southwestern Islands of Tierra del Fuego. Only a small number of people like Magellan, the crew of the HMS Beagle, Joshua Slocum, and a few additional explorers have ever seen this part of our planet. Lutra Productions is very fortunate to be allowed to help document and share this voyage with others.