Tuesday, December 18, 2012

#1 - Ecuador High Altitude Expedition - Dec. 14th- 28th, 2012

Climber: Michael Radin (Lynnwood, WA)

Guide: Jose (Pepe) Landazuri

Pepe called on Dec. 15th with the following dispatch:

“This is Pepe calling from Ecuador with the first dispatch for the Ecuador Volcanoes expedition with Michael Radin. Today we went to the Otavalo Market north of Quito. We enjoyed exploring the market and its huge range of products for sale – some for tourists but lots of things for the indigenous peoples of the surrounding countryside. We had lunch there and then visited lake Cuicocha.

The weather was perfect, and from a high ridge above the lake we got great views of Cayambe, Cotopaxi and Antisana. Michael was very happy and took lots of photos of the mountains. The atmosphere was really, really clear, and the mountains just seemed to jump out at us. I think the people on the mountain summits were very happy!

We had a really nice chicken dinner in Quito when we got back prepared with local herbs and vegetables. Really good! We’re going to meet at 8 in the morning and then head to our first major acclimatization hike on Pasochoa. That’s the news for now!”


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