Just at the break of dawn, when the raging ball of fire silently crept over the horizon enveloping the sky in a magnificent emulsion of red and orange, the Transatlantic Airline crossed the border of Chile, entering the wilderness of Patagonia. An upbeat atmosphere filled the plane, as the group of twenty teenagers awaited eagerly in anticipation for what would be the most exhilarating expedition of their lives. Our primary objective was to explore the geographical phenomena that Patagonia enclosed, from the Moreno Glacier that elevated a staggering one-hundred feet above the ground revealing nature in all its glory due to the majestic mountains residing in the snowy peaks of the Andes. Truly Patagonia is the pristine frontier of South America.
The group of enthusiastic explorers expeditiously departed the plane and boarded the Costa coach that waited for them. As detailed by the itinerary, the group were timetabled to arrive at Cardenal Antonio Samoré pass by exactly 9:45pm and settle for the night. Our project would take us into the heart of the wet Andes, a haven for naturalists where the arctic sea temperatures combined with humid air masses created one of the most spectacular marvels of the southern hemisphere, a sub-zero vast ice field, the greatest outside America.
The following day, the group woke up to see Patagonia in all its beauty. It was a sub-zero wonderland and a desolate landscape carved by ice and snow. Mr Armitage warned us that we must proceed with extreme caution, as a single mistake would mean falling down a fifty foot crevasse. The group had moved forward and a gap started to segregate us apart. I knelt down for a second to tie my shoe lace when without warning I was being vacuumed into a black hole that seemed to have no ending.
I was stuck. In a huge, narrow crevasse.
In a panic I screamed for help, and began to wriggle in an attempt to somehow free myself from this deep, dark and menacing place. There was no response from anyone (or anything), and my continued efforts to escape only sunk me deeper into the abyss. I knew that I was now trapped in the crevasse, yet there was something sinister about it, although I knew I was there alone. For what seemed like an...