Friday, January 21, 2011

Ecuador High Altitude Expedition: Final Dispatch

Ecuador High Altitude Expedition: 

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

Lead Guide: Pepe Landazuri

January 21, 2011

Pepe called at 5pm Ecuador and US Eastern time with this update:

Hello!  We arrived in Banos yesterday, Thursday.  It is a city with lots of hotsprings.  The group woke up early to do some horse riding today.  The weather has beens nice, and we could see the nearby active volcano Tungarahua smoking away.  It is reasonably calm right now, but it at least a little active all the time.  I think from 1975 until 1985 more or less, AAI used to climb this mountain as an acclimatization ascent before it became so active.  It would be fun to see the photos from those early climbs.

This afternoon we drove back to Quito and had lunch on the way.  We got in around 3:30 or so.

Everyone’s doing very well - very pleased I think with their explorations of Ecuador and especially with their successful ascents of Cayambe and Cotopaxi.  They have a lot to be proud of!  It’s the end of a truly great trip.  It was a real pleasure working with this group!"

[below – Baños and its hot water, super renewable laundromat that's fed by one of the many hot springs in town, and Tungarahua – the vent for the Baños "furnance."]

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