Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Ecuador High Altitude Expedition #4: Dispatch 2

Ecuador High Altitude Expedition: 

January 7-21, 2011
Climbers: Brett Davis, Steve and Isabel Herstell

Lead Guide: Pepe Landazuri

January 10, 2011
Pepe called at 8:58 pm Ecuador and US Eastern time with this update:

"Good evening this is Pepe calling from Ecuador!  Today as planned we climbed Gua Gua Pichincha, a peak of 4800 meters.  We got to summit by mid-day and basically did over 2000 meters of altitude gain and loss in 5 hours.  That’s pretty good.  We also saw a condor!  It was a very big one.

On the way up it was a little cloudy but by the time we got up high, it was very nice, very sunny, and completely clear.  Right now everyone is resting in the Hacienda Guachala below Cayambe. We plan to start our trip to Cayambe tomorrow.  That’s it for today.  I will call tomorrow for another update."

Hacienda Guachala

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