Expert horseman and wilderness survival guide T.A. Carrithers, leads the expedition into northern Patagonia’s back-country.
The team travels from Estancia Ranquilco – a remote, working cattle ranch in the Andean foothills of Argentina – along meandering goat trails and high mountain passes, up to elevations of 8500 ft. Scheduled by sunrise, horses and shelter, they abandon themselves to the present.
The riders brave unpredictable weather, dangerous mountain terrain, temperamental horses, and rudimentary camping conditions. A local gaucho prepares an impromptu asado and joins the group for morning maté.
Patagonia’s vast horizons present a canvas of dualities, where the poetry of man’s inner visual experience is depicted equally by large spectacle and humanizing intimacy. Blind Spot; Moments Unseen is a pilgrimage to discover the primeval connection between humans and horses. When horse and rider are in sync, they share a therapeutic dialogue of instinct and energy in a non-verbal agreement of mutual respect. This complex intersection of intentions - of mirrored trust - enables both rider and horse to navigate their shared path.
The caravan of riders, horses and mules departs for the long 7-day climb towards the 3500-metre summit. Silhouetted against the early morning light, they ride single-file, quietly contemplating the journey ahead. By midday, they reach a lush valley of wildflowers, having now conquered their first few kilometers on horseback. For lunch, a humble tea biscuit tastes like a hero’s feast. The winds begin to howl, so they make haste, hoping to reach their first campsite by dusk: a cozy pasture by a freshwater stream. Laughter, campfire songs and communal flasks toast their inaugural day on the trail. Countless challenges await.