Friday, February 25, 2011

Ecuador High Altitude Expedition #6: Dispatch 6 Exploring Cotopaxi National Park prior to Cotopaxi Summit Climb

Ecuador High Altitude Expedition


February 18 to March 4, 2011
Climbers: Sam Kisson, Robert Gay, Tom O’Connell, Dennis Uhlir, Matt Donnelly
Lead Guide: Benno Schlauri
Assistant Guide: Ramiro Garrido
 
February 25, 2011
Benno called at 6:30pm Ecuador and US Eastern time with this message:


"Hello!  This is Benno calling from Ecuador.


This afternoon we have been exploring Cotopaxi National Park.  There are some very interesting pre-Inca sites here dating back 600-800 years.  We are enjoying a taste of historyh on our climbing trip and enjoying it very much.  

This morning was very clear, after raining very hard last night.  At the moment we can't see Cotopaxi, but the weather is supposed to change again so we're not worried.  I think we’ll have fresh snow on the summit of our upcoming climb.

Tomorrow, we’ll head up to the Coptopaxi hut.  It will be a relatively short drive from the lodge where we are staying.  Then we'll have a hike from the vehicle to the hut that will take only about an hour.    I’ll call again from there.


Thanks for all the messages on the dispatch blog.  Dyan at the AAI office has read them to us.  Everybody has really enjoyed getting them.  It's great hearing from family and friends back home.  Thanks for the advice on drinking water.  Don't worry; we're all drinking gallons and getting healthily waterlogged.


The next time we'll get your messages will be on Monday, but keep sending them in the mean time.  We'll be call and leaving messages at AAI over the weekend and though the office is closed, Institute staff will retrieve them remotely and post new dispatches.  So keep an eye on us!  More news tomorrow.  Bye for now."



4 comments:

Jeannie said...

You all know we wish you well so I thought I might add some cheer instead...


TOP 10 REASONS CLIMBING IS BETTER THAN SEX...

10)CHOICE OF NOVICE OR EXPERT ROUTES
9)A CLIMB CAN LAST ALL DAY
8)GUIDEBOOKS TELL YOU HOW MANY VISITORS HAVE BEEN THERE BEFORE
7)YOU CAN PICK THE LENGTH AND DIAMETER OF YOUR ROPE
6)THERE IS ALWAYS SOMEONE BACKING YOU UP IN CASE YOU FALL OFF
5)YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR PROTECTION BEHIND FOR THE NEXT GUY
4)LOTS OF TIGHT CRACKS
3)IT'S NOT CONSIDERED KINKY TO WEAR A HARNESS
2)THE ONLY RUBBER YOU WEAR IS ON YOUR FEET
1)THERE ARE STILL ROCKS THAT HAVEN'T BEEN TOUCHED

Wishing Tom and everyone else continued good luck!

Love, Jeannie

betsy218 said...

Hey Bob! Good luck on the trip up Cotopaxi! Hope your headlight is coming in handy and that you are enjoying the mountains and the culture around there. We are all enjoying reading about what you guys are up to. See you soon! Betsy

lisa said...

Bob, What a climb Cayambe was! Congratulations to all of you. I would still be at the hut. View is spectacular. Glaciers are a site to behold. Thank you Sam for being our guide on these climbs. We all have enjoyed the adventure. Love, Mom

Bob Gay said...

To Bob, Sam and Group,
By the sound of your dispatches it sounds like you're having a great time! Keep up the hard work! Sam, sounds like you were so close! Good luck to you the rest of the week! WE're all thinking of you and wishing you the best! Climb HIGH! Dad