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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 42, 14/12/07 - Patagonia Northern Icecap

Woke up to a breakfast of scrambled eggs - Nic stylie & salty streaky bacon al la Ian; cholesterol levels rocketing now to new realms! Wilderness first aid lessons this morning: splints, moving people & bleeds; followed by a short test. Midway through the lessons we all went into town to pick up some wine, desserts etc for the BBQ later tonight.

First aid lessons finished at 5:30pm & I had to redo the original test I'd cocked up at the beginning of the trip; oh joy because after nearly 6 weeks its all still fresh as a daisy - Not! It went well thankfully!

Preparing the food for the BBQ seemed to take an eternity but once the wine was open things definitely picked up. Nic was in the kitchen with the kayak girls (really nice) attempting some sort of brulee topping; ha good show, I think they must of reduced it about three times! Not quite sure what Jaya was looking for but I'm sure their white sugar crust, broken up into irregular sprinkles was close...if not better than she anticipated!?

Ariel arrived with Graham; I was glad I'd already started drinking and that there were vegetables in the oven that needed close supervision. I think I asked how she was and that was about it; Ben then put on a DVD containing photos of the trip; brilliant! It was so good to watch it all back, to be able to joke and laugh about what we'd shared and to see for the first time just how far we'd come as a team. Watching Ian in the poo tube video with Jaya was an absolute classic!