Ecuador High Altitude Expedition:
Climbers: Brett Davis, Steve and Isabel Herstell
Lead Guide: Pepe Landazuri
January 12, 2011
Pepe called at 8:15 pm Ecuador and US Eastern time with this update:
Tonight is our first major summit night and everyone has gone to bed early to get lots of rest. We plan to wake up at 11pm and get moving by midnight. We’ll try to make the summit by 8am. This is the usually turn around point for Ecuador volcanoesbecause we want to have nice firm conditions in the snowpack on the glaciers. After that, the snow gets soft and the snow bridges are weakened. In places like Bolivia or Peru it's a little colder and as a result you have more time, but here we have to be more conservative with the timing – so as always, we'll make a very early start.
Wish us good luck. We’ll call again tomorrow and let you know how it goes."