Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Ecuador High Altitude Expedition #4: Dispatch 3

Ecuador High Altitude Expedition: 

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

Lead Guide: Pepe Landazuri

January 11, 2011

Pepe called at 7:45 pm Ecuador and US Eastern time with this update:

"Hello! This is Pepe calling again from Ecuador!  Right now, we are at the Cayambe refuge at 4,600 meters.  This is our first night on the flanks of Cayambe.  Right now, it’s very clear.  It looked great today, and the group took a lot of great photos.  It was beautiful.  We could see Antisana across the way.

[the painting below is by American landscape painter Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900).  He painted in Ecuador in 1855.]

We just finished a big dinner of pizza and spirits.  Tomorrow morning we’ll do a skills session and go over some mountaineering techniques for about 3-4 hours.  We’ll also climb up to 4,800 meters and do a short walk-around.  We’ll come back to the refuge and get ready and rested because tomorrow night we’ll try for the summit of Cayambe.  Everyone is doing well.  Brett even has his own sat phone, so he’s been calling his friends and family.  See you tomorrow – I mean, I’ll talk to you tomorrow!  Hasta manana!"

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