Fly to: Santiago, Chile
Internal Transfer: Santiago - Cohaique
Visa required: Not if British
Time Zone:-3hrs GMT
Day 6, 09/11/07: - Patagonia Northern Icecap
Left base camp & drove to the landslide, the drop-off point at the beginning of our adventure; we attached the sharps (ice axe, snowshoes, shovels, snow anchors) to the outside of our packs. Man do these packs feel heavy! (approx 35kg) en route we encountered a couple of minuscule river crossings but nothing too dramatic, felt fairly hard going with the big packs; especially around trees that had a tendency to attach their small yet powerful branches to you in an unforgiving attempt to cause a wipe-out.
We set up camp on a grassy, slightly prickly patch; Ariel was little help; I hope this isn't a sign of things to come? Evans helped show us how to light our MSR stove, hmmm seemed very complex; sure this will soon become second nature!?