Day 3: 25 Jul
I woke up today at 5.45 to go to the Big Zip, which is a 1km long zip line that the global ambassadors get special access to. The line usually closes at midday because so many people line up for it, so being able to do it was really exciting.
When we woke up, the camp was freezing but covered with a beautiful fog that gave everything a very mysterious and beautiful look.
I have to admit, I am usually absolutely terrified of heights, but I was more excited than nervous before I stepped onto the platform. The fear set in and my hands started shaking as a looked down into he abyss of fog and forest that I was to zip through.
The bloke who was strapping me up into the harness was George, and he told me to calm down and turn my go pro on, and he didn’t give me too much warning before he sent me flying over the canopy.
I screamed for the first 10 seconds, but after the immediate shock I realised that I was soaring through the fog and it was one of the most beautiful things I’d ever seen.
I sailed over early morning kayakers on the lake, people walking, trees galore, and some buildings at the end. Although I was only zipping for a minute, I think that it was easily one of the most memorable things that I’ve done here so far. I hope to always remember the exhilaration, the icy wind, and the feeling of flying above it all.
Once I was back at my troop and the fog had cleared, myself and a couple of my friends set off to boulder cove to do some climbing, but were easily phased by the massive lines. Instead, we ended up at the mining tent and spent some time completing the activities and earning our mining badge.
We then went with the world point cultural pavilions as our end goal, but decided to stop at all the interesting things along the way. First we went to ‘Free Market Economics’ which I didn’t have high hopes for but turned out to be really fun- we played a bunch of games and they gave us a few free thing to trade. We then made our way around all of the nearby tents, where we did a massive variety of activities, including dressing up in colourful skirts and learning Mexican dances, putting a pin on where we live on a bunch of different maps, learning about Canadian foods, and learning about different languages.
We never did actually make up to world point and the pavilions they have there for each country, but we had an amazing day nonetheless.
For dinner, I went to a Chilean troop with my friend Alfie. Their troop was on he other side of the reserve- over across the bridge in Base camp A, whereas we’re at D. When we got there, we learned about how scouting works in Chile, and had a great time learning some of their Spanish- I discovered that I absolutely cannot roll my R’s.
The Chileans also seem to be a lot more chill (eh!) and relaxed than we are, which is saying a lot because Aussies are pretty chill ourselves!
All in all, it was an awesome experience and I’m excited for a couple of the Chileans to come over in a few days!
On the long trek back to our campsite, Alfie and I met up with some other Aussies and had a big chat to some of the Army medics that are hanging around- they were really nice and even took a photo with us! It was, all in all, a massive and eventful day, and I can honestly say that I enjoyed every minute of it.