Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Ecuador High Altitude Expedition #4: Dispatch 8

Ecuador High Altitude Expedition: 

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

Lead Guide: Pepe Landazuri

January 17, 2011

Pepe called at 1pm Ecuador and US Eastern time with this update:

"Hi again!  This is Pepe calling from Ecuador.  I’m sorry I could not leave a message yesterday – I came down with a cold, and yesterday I could hardly talk.  It's strange how fast this happened.

We are all recuperating.  Brett took a rest day yesterday back at the hotel, and Steve and Isabel went to visit a farm just south of here. We are actually near Cayambe right now. We had originally planned to go to Chimborazo yesterday, but we decided to come back to Cayambe.

You may remember that we could not summit earlier on Cayambe, so instead of heading to Chimborazo, we’re going to try our luck on Cayambe again. In fact, today we are going to try for the summit tonight.
Today we are heading up to the hut.  I’m not going to be climbing with the team because of my cold, and instead it will be another guide, Contingo, who will be guiding them on the climb.  I’m going with the crew today to the refuge, but then I will go back into town.

The weather is great, and I’m wishing them the very best of luck."

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