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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 43, 15/12/07 - Patagonia Northern Icecap

Pancakes for Breakfast, Ian's speciality! We then sorted out all our gear, washing both equipment and tents, then packed up our clothes for the last time. At approximately midday we left base camp for the last time, heading to a hostel in Coyhaique. Evans' had driven me to distraction this morning, he busied himself only with personal tasks and offered no help or even awareness of the group jobs that still required doing; instead he pestered about what time we'd be ready, like we were the ones holding up the proceedings by dawdling.

Ian, Nic & I were on the ground floor of the hostel and after bidding farewell to Ben & Jaya, us girls headed to the supermarket to get some grub. It seemed bizarre to be walking around a Chilean supermarket hearing Christmas songs; another one of those 'jeez how did we end up here' moments!

We brought pizza, loads of fruit (including a whooping watermelon), yoghurt, cheese, milk, and cereal, oh & of course chocolate! After taking our first shower (which was cool for me & freezing for Nic!) we headed into town to meet the lads for a steak dinner. Evans arrived with an absolutely wasted Dale; I'm amazed the lad could stand up. Dale kept nodding off at the table, but irrespective of this he still seemed exceptionally alert whenever he heard his name mentioned. Evans managed to drop his whole plate with food onto the floor. Amazing, that lads table manners are quite unique! Evans had invited a load of Americans to join us for dinner which kind of dampened any atmosphere there was. The steak however was divine, though I was glad when Nic & Ian said they were heading back to the hostel as a night clubbing held no appeal whatsoever.