Sunday, 9 January 2011

Departure looms - slightly

Departure for Cochamó, Chile, in 38 days.  This will be the first stop of the South American journey I am taking with HotRock in 2011, a journey that will pass through Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia, a journey that will  last 117 days, a journey that has been designed to take us to some of the best South American climbing venues, a journey that will combine the three interests of travel, climbing and Spanish.

I look at the large pile of kit, I recall the swinging extra baggage charges I experienced on a previous trip to South America, and I wonder how to avoid a repeat of that frankly painful experience.  I obsess about dengue fever and I worry about the possibility that I will be the expedition climbing numpty.