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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 20, 23/11/07 - Patagonia Northern Icecap

Up at 3:45 this morning, Nicki & Evans were leading; the days' task was to take the 25day food bags along with some technical gear up to the glacial wall, cash it and return back to the camp for the night.

The food was like a dead weight, dense in the bottom of the pack pressing constantly against your lower spine; for me today was awful I felt both physically and mentally exhausted, back ache, bum ache and my Achilles was pinging like a loose elastic band.

We got up to just below the snow line and Nic discussed the options of how to progress up further, or whether we should just in fact make the cash where we were and head back down. I was pretty much just flaked out on a rock, but when given the options, my choice was always going to be that I'm not going to be beaten by a hill and we'd come this far today, so irrespective of how I was feeling let's get the job done. The majority group consensus was however that we make the cash there and head back to camp; so that's what we did.

The route back down was easy as our packs were completely empty. Once back at camp Nic, Ian & I headed to the river to have a wash and clean some of our underwear & base layers; it felt so good to wash with soap. Not sure how ethical that is in the grand scheme of 'leave no trace' but then again at that point in time did we really care? It seems the mosquitoes have competition because now the horseflies are biting something chronic!!! Arrrrggghhh!