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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 40, 12/12/07 - Patagonia Northern Icecap

Woke up this morning to the sound of heavy rain and gusting winds; it was decided that we'd therefore spend the morning in our tent having lessons (physics of climbing, snow formation & altitude sickness). It was pretty apparent that Evans' head was already back in Washington and he asked if he could spend the day in the tent having further lessons with Ben.

Jaya took the rest of us exploring the Moulin's, ice caves and pinnacles. Brilliant afternoon, it ended way too soon for me, I loved every minute; being given the freedom to roam about exploring this area was fantastic. At one point we saw two giant condors circling above, as we stopped to watch them they appeared to be doing exactly the same; with claws down they were so close overhead, it was amazing!

The two lads & Jaya then eased off the pace and kept sitting down, I wanted to just keep going and going, it was great...'let's go over that one, round there'. Brilliant I could have wandered around there for days, I was in my element; the crampons were now like an extension of my legs and I felt so comfortable on the ice with my axe - awesome! On our way back to camp whilst picking a route between sinkholes and Moulin's Nic had to shout at Jaya because she was wandering straight into a Moulin - oblivious, clearly her head was somewhere else entirely!