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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 30, 02/12/07 - Patagonia Northern Icecap

My day in charge had arrived and I had nothing to worry about because at the 2:15am weather check it was clear we weren't moving anywhere. In fact I'd already been up for an hour because I was already outside digging out our tent.

Nobody surfaced for my weather check and I had to go over to both the other tents to tell them what they knew anyway, 'we ain't moving!' On the way back from Evans' tent I managed to fall off a massive snow-drift, so funny - one of those privately embarrassing moments that you're glad nobody else has seen.

Jaya came over to our tent later that morning to give us a royal rollocking from ripping a hole in the tent, 'that's your lives your putting at risk...blah de blah' Mind you we made sure we didn't make that mistake again!

Today Nic was obviously feeling quite homely and as Ian dictated his journal, Nicki made chapattis. The weather worsened as the day progressed, I cooked us tea and then got straight on to digging out the tent. This was the worst I'd ever seen it, it'd been left an hour since the last dig-out and the snow was just above the tent vents; we were beginning to be buried alive.

As I worked to dig around the tent it was clearly to no avail because by the time I'd got back to beginning it was well and truly buried again; I stayed out for an hour & 45mins; then it was decided that we'd have to go on continuous rotation, 2 in 1 out throughout the night.