Fly to: Santiago, Chile
Internal Transfer: Santiago - Cohaique
Visa required: Not if British
Time Zone:-3hrs GMT
Day 19, 22/11/07 - Patagonia Northern Icecap
Ian & I were leading today and we set off along a well established path, hell it even had the occasional arrow and bridge, what a novelty! Unfortunately this luxury didn't last long, the minute we'd crossed the river the path disappeared.
We scouted ahead and thought we'd picked up another path which we followed for a short distance, however this lead the group into a bog - hmm not good. Ian and I scouted again up over a ridge line, but that required some heavy bush whacking and a steep climb, this too was a definite no-go. Ben & Jaya scouted further down but they too were confronted by thick, unrelenting bog.
Eventually Ian & myself made the call to take the group back to the place where we'd 1st lost our definite path, it was an easy call to make really because we knew the food stash was on the path, so if we weren't on that same path then we wouldn't have a hope in hell of finding the goods! Plus Jaya was unamused by us dragging the team through bogland & thicket...i think Ian & myself felt about 6yrs old and that we'd somehow deliberatley masterminded losing the track!
After much deliberation we finally decided to plot a route down & along the river, this seemed a pretty good call & after some mild bushwhacking we managed to pick up a horse trail. After a couple of hours and a few wrong turns we'd reached our food stash in the woods (4:15pm); man were we relieved and for added good measure we'd brought our swarm of mosquitoes along for the ride!(Wouldn't want those little fella's going hungry!).
The group each then divided up their food stash and packed it ready for the double carry tomorrow. Whilst over talking to Ben & Jaya, we heard, 'F*CK OFF, F*CK OFF, F*CK OFF!' I said, 'Nicki with the mosquitoes!' Then when I went over to her I realised she'd managed to drop the drom bag in the river and it had disappeared. Oh no - not good, we'd best find that, I couldn't handle the thought of a monster rollocking!! Luckily the bag had snagged on a branch, thank goodness for that!