Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Ecuador High Altitude Expedition #6: Dispatch 4 At the Cayambe Hut and Cayambe Glacier

[NOTE TO READERS:  Please see the note below at the top of          dispatch #3]

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 23, 2011
Benno called at 6:45pm Ecuador and US Eastern time with this message:

"Hello! This is Benno calling from Ecuador. We had a great day today on the glacier. It was a day or practicing skills and basic cramponing and ice axe techniques. We also did a little steep snow and ice climbing today.

Unfortunately, Tom was not feeling really well in the morning up on the glacier, so Ramiro went down with him.  I think he just needed a little more time to acclimatize.  They did a short hike for a few hours this afternoon, and Tom is doing a lot better and feeling ready to climb.

We're having an early dinner hereat the Cayambe Hut/Cayambe Refuge [photo above].  Tonight I think we will go for the summit!  The plan is to leave at midnight and summit at 7 or 8 in the morning.  I hope that we will be calling you from the top.

The weather looks OK right now.  It was fairly clear last night, and I’m hoping for the same thing tonight. It looks very promising and again.  Wish us luck.  We’ll call you from the summit!"


Unknown said...

Stay strong Tom! Sending lots of good thoughts and love your way!

Unknown said...

Sorry, forgot to "sign" the last comment... Jeannie

Annie Donnelly said...

Hi Matt!! Annie here again. We are following the blog and are so excited for you. It sounds amazing!! Remember to drink lots of water. We love you! Stay safe, Annie

Anonymous said...

Bob, I have been tracking you all Thursday AM. Looks cold up there. I'm sure the view is beautiful. Hope everyone is well. Be careful. Remember to take some pics. Love Mom

Shelly said...

Hi Dennis,
We have been watching from DC and it sure looks amazing from here! What views! Tasha says to drink water and keep your feet dry. We all send lots of love and can't wait to hear all about it next week!
love, Shelly, Jon and Little T

Unknown said...

Hi Bob! We've all been following here at home and it seems like you guys have been having a great adventure so far. The pictures of where you are are beautiful. I heard the hot springs around there are really nice too. Hope you are having a memorable time, don't fall in a volcano. Take pictures! Betsy

Unknown said...

Hey Bob! We have been reading daily the blog about your adventures and following you on gps. I am sure that you are having a memorable time, I've been told that the hot springs around there are really nice too. Hope you are taking some pictures so you can show and tell when you get home! See you soon, don't fall in a volcano, even if it is inactive...Betsy

reene53 said...

BOBBY!! Worked out with dad at the gym and we thought of you while climbing steps...Hope you are having an awesome time and remember to get some great pics so i can make some wicked cool posters when you return! - love reene

Bob Gay said...

Bob and Group, AS I arrived into work this morning I saw that your team was already descending from your climb! Tell Sam his GPS is working great and I'm sure everyone is enjoying following you up and down each mountain as much as I am. Following on google map, its almost like we're there with you. Keep up the good work, our thoughts and prayers to you, love dad

Emily said...

Hey Bobby!!
Hope you are having fun on your trip- can't wait some pictures and hear some stories!! DO WORK!
Love, your little sis- Emily