Friday, November 16, 2012

Ecuador - High Altitude Expedition - Part 2 - November 2nd - 16th, 2012

Guide: Gaspar Navarrete

Climbers: Joel Dice, Jennifer Engelhardt

Guide Gaspar Navarrete called on Nov 15th, 2012 with the following dispatch:

"This is Gaspar calling. We climbed chimborazo yesterday. We reached the summit in cloudy snowy conditions. We were actually really lucky because there was a big German team ahead of us who broke trail all the way to the summit. We had a lot of fun, but are very tired. This third peak really took a toll on the team and left us pretty exhausted but we made it nonetheless.

The weather was very wet and challenging in the morning. We almost turned back but managed to soldier on and were rewarded with a break in the weather. The stars even came out for a bit. Just before the summit the clouds rolled back in and we were unable to see from the summit but we were still thrilled to be on top. After summiting we headed down to the refuge where we had a really good soup for lunch.

After lunch we drove two hours down to Banos where we had an excellent Italian dinner; pizza, spaghetti, etc. Today we will go on a waterfall hike and Joel is planning on doing a Mtn Bike RIde."

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