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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 28, 31/11/07 - Patagonia Northern Icecap

Ian's day in charge; weather check at 2:15am, again the weather was too severe to move. Lessons again in the boy's tent, where we were entertained for what seemed like an eternity with the 'story of William' - OMG! Plucking my eyelashes would have seemed less painful by comparison.

It's amazing how long Ben can drag out a story, to the point where not only do you lose the will to live, but you can't even remember what actually happens; maybe that's because you lost consciousness at some point?!

Lessons in the tent were arduous, simply because conditions were so squashed; cramp would set in almost immediately, your neck would rapidly lose the ability to straighten and you consistently seemed to lose all feeling in your bum cheeks. The story of 'William' was followed by a lesson on weather fronts, this went over my head I think I was still comatose by the William saga, oh and something random about a corkscrew condor!

We moved into our tent for the afternoon lessons which involved Jaya giving a lesson on avalanche awareness. We then began talking about how much (mainly Nic & I) were shitting ourselves about having to lead 23 odd km's in a white-out. To the point where both of us had kind of said that we hoped on our day in charge the weather would be so bad that we couldn't move anywhere - not good.

We then played the buckle shooting game which lifted the atmosphere. Lessons were then followed by individual interviews in Ben & Jaya's tent. When I came back from my interview I had just got into the tent and Nic Said, 'why didn't you tell me??' 'Tell you what?' It appeared Nic had a couple of pretty impressive blisters on her chin - for every elephant man there's a... (Only joking!) Nic then hopped off back to Ben & Jaya's tent and apparently they were sun spots, hmmm that seemed to be Jaya's answer to everything! Nic's certainly gone through some facial peels on this trip! I'm still amazed that my ears are still peeling; mind you picking them does keep me entertained!