The rock is about 50 ft high. For the navigation a small lighthouse (farallón) has been installed at its highest point.

From the mainland, Farallón Centinela not visible. But during our voyage we always could see the coastal mountains in the south. Those mountains are about 8000 ft high.

  Wir kommen langsam näher .....  
View from the south-east.

Approaching the rock, we slowly could see all its details. From the north the rock is invincible, but from the south it can be climbed quite easily.

Farallón Centinela from about  a 1/3 mile (500m)
Farallón Centinela from aprox. 1/3 Mile away (500m)

When we reached our destiny after 3 hours, we noticed that high waves attacked furiously the east-side of the rock.

East Side

The rock is populated by many of boobies, frigate birds, and some seagulls, which seem to have a very hard life there. During our landing attempts I could observe twice, how frigate birds attacked flying seagulls which then "crashed" hurt into the sea. On the rock are hundred of nests of breeding birds. Astonishingly a lot of young dead birds have been found during our exploration on the rock.

To have a reference about the size of the rock: the (fiberglass) lighthouse is about 18 ft high :-)

view fromt south to north
lighthouse and birds

As I mentioned before, from the far it seems, that the rock is covered by snow. But the color (not perfectly white) is caused by the bird's excrements (guano). I can assure you, the smell is not very funny. :-)  

As we approached the rock we already knew, that we would have problems. At the only side (south) where a landing was possible, the tide changed 15 feet within a few seconds.

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