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Back from Chile

The view from the top of La Campana, looking towards the Andes.

I got back from Chile three days ago, and now I'm sufficiently caught-up with the goings-on of the past four weeks, it's time to summarise what I did on this World Challenge expedition.

The expedition was split into four different phases: acclimatisation, project, main trek, and rest and relaxation. After flying into Santiago (via Paris), we did our acclimatisation in La Campana National Park, climbing the eponymous mountain and camping for three nights. Climbing La Campana was tough, and in hindsight, probably tougher than the main trek up Guane Guane.

Our project phase was in Iquique, where we re-painted an old people's home, then part of the school in which we stayed. It was quite fulfilling, but somewhat longer than it could've been; we spent several days wandering around Iquique relaxing, when we could've instead had a longer main trek.

The main trek was in Lauca National Park at high altitude; we had to spend several days acclimatising to 3500masl in Putre before we could ascend to our base camp at Parinacota (4500masl). At Parinacota we had to spend more time acclimatising, before we attempted (and succeeded) a climb up Guane Guane. The views up on the altiplano were fantastic, and I've got (perhaps too?) many photos of llamas, alpacas and vicuñas.

Our rest and relaxation phase was a little short, but we managed to pack in most of the things San Pedro de Atacama offers, including sandboarding, a trip round the Valley of the Moon and a trip to see the El Tatio geysers.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has the time, money and driving force. Some of us are already thinking of going back to have an attempt on Mount Parinacota!

I'm slowly putting photos up on Picasa before I go off on holiday again for a week on Monday.

Extended absence

The time has finally arrived, and I'm off on my travels in four days. I'll be away from the computer for up to two months, spending a month trekking in Chile, then a month doing various other things. I might be back in time for the GNOME 2.24 string freeze, but I should definitely be back in time to see the release. In my absence, I obviously won't be able to do any further work on this cycle, but I think all my current contributions are pretty much complete anyway. I won't be replying to mail for at least the period I'm in Chile.

I won't be around to see them get into the archives, but Stefan Ebner has been working on packaging both Diary (now called "Almanah" due to Fedora issues) and Hitori for Ubuntu. My thanks to him for his hard work on that, and patience in helping me fix all the nasty little autofoo problems.

I'll try to make an Almanah (Diary) 0.4 release before I go, but I want to leave as long as possible for translations to catch up with the several string changes.
Almanah 0.4.0 is out! The main change for this release is to rename it and fix some problems preventing it being packaged, and so it should be compatible with old databases. The build requirements haven't changed.

Buxton and GPS logging

Last weekend was my training weekend for this summer's World Challenge trip to Chile. My World Challenge team spent two days camping in Buxton, with one of the main exercises being a 17km hike on Saturday.

For the hike, I had my GPS logger turned on, and collected rather a nice log for the round trip. As I alluded to previously, however, I can't find a way to extract the data from the logger on Linux. Since mtkbabel explicitly can't yet support the M-241, I had to extract the logs on Windows. Still, they turned out well.