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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 37, 09/12/07 - Patagonia Northern Icecap

Woke up nice and warm having slept like a log; breakfast consisted of three little bread rolls (the littlest rolls I've ever seen!) and a selection of jams; it was delicious but once again the food merely left me hungry for more; the pit of my stomach ached as whale cries resonated from within.

We once again packed up our gear and Evans, Nic & I were the first to be driven up to the foot of the Explorades Glacier. Once there I was thankful Evans had a bag of dry tortilla wraps because by this stage I was absolutely starving. After a further 35mins the group was once again reunited. With incredibly light packs we began making our way up towards the Glacier; Ian took the lead as he had been walking in this area once before. For the 1st time in a long while Ian seemed to be in his element, he was thriving, relishing every step.

On this route there was a good look-out platform over the Glacier; not quite sure what I had in mind. The glacier resembled a dirty quarry, it looked pretty much like a derelict builders yard; couldn't really fathom why anyone would want to put a view-point here especially when there's more beautiful sights nearby. Our camp for the next few nights was going to be on the moraine (rocks) at the side of the glacier. We split up into pairs to search for a suitable spot to pitch camp (Dale & Ian; Evans & Jaya; Ben & I). Ben & I found a pretty good spot, and headed back to tell the others; everyone was already waiting except Dale & Ian. They'd wandered off, basically they'd once again got carried away with the task and forgotten that they were only supposed to look for 10mins.

Jaya yelled, whistled, screamed & in the end her & Ben had to physically go and fetch the two strays.

In order to pitch our tent for the next 4 nights we had to do some serious boulder clearing. The three of us set to work building what almost looked like a roman road, we used every flat stone we could find; even I was impressed by our united effort to overturn a huge boulder that was obstructing the tents' vestibule. After about an hour and a half we were done, and the tent looked fab; rocks were used instead of tent pegs and the sleeping area seemed pretty damn flat - good show guys! Nic & I did a combined effort with the cooking tonight - I think it's because she wants to observe first hand why all my cooking tastes the same!

Really comfortable in my sleeping bag tonight, I'm still impressed at our efforts building such a great tent base. Tonight was undoubtedly Nic's first 'sleep talking' session and I'm thrilled to be able to report that. For weeks now it's been me chattering away but now for the first time the roles have reversed, brilliant! Unfortunately it wasn't anything too exciting, something along the lines of, 'You know what we need to do - infill'. At first I hadn't realised she was asleep so I said, 'infill - I thought you said you were comfortable?' Then came the silent pause, yep definitely a sleep talk! It's catching!