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  • Fly to: Santiago, Chile

  • Internal Transfer: Santiago - Cohaique

  • Visa required: Not if British

  • Currency:Chilean Peso

  • Time Zone:-3hrs GMT

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Day 17, 20/11/07 - Patagonia Northern Icecap

Early start of 4:00am in order to catch the boat at 6:15am. The boat ride across the lake was beautiful, lots of stunning waterfalls. Evans slept the whole boat trip and I think everyone else was pretty tired. On arriving at the shore we had to wait for the 2nd boat with the sharps to arrive. Evans wandered off and fell asleep, so when the 2nd boat arrived he offered no help in unloading the gear, if this wasn't bad enough we were all then packed up and he still hadn't appeared.

I didn't realise how serious an issue this was for everyone and I had actually found it quite amusing, but after walking about 200 yards the group was called to a halt... Let the onslaught of Evans' commence; it was awful; I felt so uncomfortable; the kid was obviously upset and sorry. Just wish he'd learn & save himself this grief. The onslaught seemed to go on and on, at times I wanted to say, 'come-on guys you've said your piece can we just move on'.

Eventually after a long and emotionally painful stop we were finally back on our way, for the remainder of the day Evans kept his distance from the rest of the group, staying at the back. The path that we anticipated following turned out to not follow the base of the valley but instead rose 300m.

The weather was hot and by mid afternoon Ian was pretty exhausted; then all of a sudden he fell off the path in front of me, straight off the edge! My heart was in my mouth, it took him so long to fall but when he did I thought, 'he's not going to stop, he's gonna fall to the bottom of the valley!' Luckily his backpack caught in a tree about 10ft down.

As the day went on we were starting to be stalked by mosquitoes and our chosen camp spot (on a flat piece of land) was rife with the annoying little buggers. Ian cooked our dinner and Nic & myself went for a quick (very quick) dip in a nearby glacial river, the water felt damn cold & the current felt pretty strong so we only went in waist deep. The weather was so hot though it did feel good to get in the water.