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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 25, 28/11/07 - Patagonia Northern Icecap

Up at 2:15am for a weather check; this was unsuccessful as there still hadn't been a freeze. Ian made pancakes for breakfast and then we all got out for wilderness first aid classes. I'd just been to the loo and when I'd returned Jaya was on the ground with Nic & Ian checking her vitals; this was apparently the shock scenario & unfortunately in this instance Jaya didn't pull through.

We then ventured out to practice a 6:1 crevasse rescue; Ian & I were the first into the crevasse to be rescued, Evans my rescuer & Nicki Ian's. When I saw Ian come over the edge of the crevasse and down to me I had to laugh because he'd crashed through a slight overhang; we were both saying how difficult it was going to be for him to get out as he would be pulled literally through the snow.

Evans set up the rope system and pulled me out in about 15minutes. Ian's rescue proved somewhat more difficult as he kept zeroing; he really didn't enjoy being pulled up through that but eventually he managed to get out. After learning the previous crevasse rescue system this one seemed extremely straight forward, and I was pretty chuffed I managed to pull Evans out without having to ask for further explanation. As I said to Ben I can concentrate so much better when Evans is dangling on the other end of my rope!