Here we have the Strike a Pose section, briefly, from those mountain air effected freshly conquering trekker individual types.
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The girls’ name is Carla.
She used to go Shelley’s many years ago, then converted to Hippo’s; for all those enthusiasts out there.
Manchester types never were into driving round much.
Pucon is in the past and it has decided to rain for the first time since I can remember.
Spent the day doing basically nothing (and getting paid).
Filing for Argentina in the morrow by bus function.
The mountain is 2,820 meters high.
There are various stages the scree stage, the rock stage and the ice stage.
To make it to the top and back again, you must got through all stages taking a total of around 6 hours.
Despite protestations of my fitness in the pub the night before, this trek is more difficult than it seems.
After 4 hours sweat and a packet of chocolate biscuits, we make it to the mouth of the volcano which is puffing gently.
Here’s one of the views from the top.
The next stage is the slide down the ice bit.
Because your pants are special, with a little help from your ice pick you can slide right the way down the iceysnowyglacier, ice covered side.
This is nice and easy and everyone enjoys themselves getting snow in their pants and crashing into each other.
After the ice comes the scree.
Being difficult to climb, scree is used to speed your descent.
The scree slippage aiding you on your downward path.
Good fun except you get rock dust in your eyes and face.
The views are good, perhaps the best I’ve seen in Chile. Better than Snowdon.
Have decided to take Volcano Villirica today and this requires and early start, 7am to be exact.
Go down to tour guide company in the middle of town, B’O’Higgins the main street.
The tour company provide you with most of the kit and the stuff that you wouldn’t usually buy:
One of the guides thinks it is funny to remove my crampons from my rucksack whilst everyone is getting their gear ready.
This could have been funny, but for the fact I saw him do it.
Later when we had to put our crampons on of course, I’m the only one with no crampons.
After some gentle vocal persuasion the guide gives me his.
Found this unlikely, slightly disturbing advert for clogs.
If you can see one of the children is gesticulating with his fingers, the caption reads “I feel Wood”.
Looks like a kind of malformed triangle.
YOU MUST CHOOSE
Russian star or Welcome to the jungle baby.
After all everyone make their own choices in life don’t they.
Today did this thing called HidroSpeed.
HidroSpeed basically involves going down a white water rafting course with a wetsuit and a piece of foam shaped like an egg.
Like white water rafting you get very wet.
Like surfing you need to do a lot of paddling.
Like drowning, you need to keep you head above water.
The rivers in Chile are pretty cold, after a certain period of time your hands and feer are numb.
But don’t let that put you off.
I’ve never had so much fun.
What a great day out.