Wednesday, February 18, 2015

2015 Ecuador Volcanoes, Illiniza and Antisana, February 13-22, 2015 Dispatch #2

Ecuador Volcanoes, Illiniza and Antisana,  February 13-22, 2015

Guide: Romel Sandoval

Climbers: Brian L., Eric M., Darrell A., Jens M.

February 18, 2015

Brian called with the following update at 12:20 pm Ecuador and US Eastern Time:

"We've had two successful climbs since we last communicated. Yesterday we climbed Illiniza Norte and today we climbed the high and steeper Illiniza Sur. Norte was an enjoyable rock scramble and Illiniza South is snow and ice. Conditions were good on Sur,and we were on hard snow most of the time. We really had perfect climbing conidtions.

"We woke up at 2 am and started climbing at 3 am. I think we made the summit at 6:30 or something close to that. We had some fog, but basically the weather was good.

"Now we're at the lodge La Estacion and we're eating well and relaxing. Tomorrow we'll have a day for recuperation. We'll visit the big regional market Saquisili and do a little walking, but basically have a day off. Then Friday we will head into the Antisana area and establish a basecamp for that climb. It should be good and we're all looking forward to it."

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