Monday, November 14, 2016

2017 Ecuador Cayambe/Antisana Skills Expedition (November 4-18) - Dispatch 5

November 13th Dispatch

Climbers:
Randy Rainey
Mikko Lautala
Rasmus Mikkel Munter Lassen

Guide:  Romel Sandoval

Hello, all!

Romel, here, calling with another update on our Ecuador expedition.  We tried to call on Friday, but there was no signal in the Antisana foothills. 

Yesterday we continued to the Antisana base camp.  We made a beautiful drive through old hacienda lands, and enjoyed excellent views of both Sincholagua (15,988 ft / 4873 m) and Cotopaxi (19,347 ft / 4099 m).  We spent the night at the Antisana base camp (13,488 ft / 4100 m), enjoying the nearly full moon / super moon.
Today we climbed Antisana (18,827 ft / 5740 m) ! !  We reached the summit at 7:00am, and enjoyed perfect weather conditions, both last night and all day today.   Everyone on this trip is doing well, and in excellent shape!


We're now returning to Quito for the night.  We'll say "farewell" to Randy, and tomorrow Rasmus and Mikko will continue with me on the Chimborazo climb.  We'll drive through the "Valley of the Volcanoes," then spend the night at Urbina Lodge in the grassy plains below Chimborazo at 13,200 ft.


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