Monday, November 14, 2016

2017 Ecuador Cayambe/Antisana Skills Expedition (November 4-18) - Dispatch 6

Cayambe/Antisana Skills Expedition

November 4-18, 2017

Guide: Romel Sandoval

Randy R., Mikko L., Rasmus M.,

Hello, again!

Mikko, Rasmus, and I are at the Urbina Lodge. We had a 5-hour drive from Quito, including a stop for a delicious lunch on the beautiful Ecuadorian Altiplano.  The team is now resting here at the lodge.

Tomorrow's journey takes us to the Chimborazo Basecamp.  We'll drive to the western side of the volcano to begin our climb.  During our drive the group will enjoy great views of the Chimborazo massif, the surrounding rolling terrain, and probably some wild vicuñas and llamas.

Around noon we will reach the Carrel Hut (15,700 ft / 4800 m) for lunch.  We'll use the afternoon to complete a moderately-paced, two-hour hike to Stubel Camp (16,100 ft / 4907 m).In preparation for our alpine start around midnight, we will have an early dinner.  Despite the building excitement for the next day’s summit climb we will go to bed early, with hopes for a great climb in the morning. 

We will plan to call, again, on Wednesday, after our summit attempt on Chimborazo!

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