Monday, January 23, 2017

2017 Ecuador Cayambe/Antisana Skills Expedition (January 6-20) - Dispatch 6

Cayambe/Antisana Skills Expedition

Guide: Diego Zurita

Climbers: Kay K., Alyssa E., Edward I.

January 20th Dispatch

Hello! This is Diego, calling from Ecuador.

We are in Quito, now (Friday afternoon). On Tuesday we hiked to the Chimborazo base camp (16,100 ft / 4907 m). We had planned to climb Chimborazo on Wednesday or Thursday, but, unfortunately, poor weather conditions on both days prevented us from attempting the summit (5,500m / 18,044 ft).

We camped, Tuesday and Wednesday, then on Thursday we descended to the semi-tropical town of Banos, at the edge of the Amazon basin. The climbers enjoyed the delicious food, beautiful waterfall, a nice view of the town of Banos, and the chance to rest and relax in the hotel.

Kay and Alyssa are staying in Ecuador for a while more. They chose to stay in Banos until Sunday, then they'll leave for their Galapagos tour! Edward came back with us to Quito for his return flight to Argentina, tomorrow. He's resting, now.

Overall the climbers were tired and disappointed that they were not able to climb Chimborazo, but we were glad to at least make it to the base camp. They said they still had a great trip, and that now they have an excuse to return to Ecuador: They want to try to climb Chimborazo, again!

We've had a really fun time together - some great conversations and good times while hiking and climbing and exploring Ecuador's local foods. We are really pleased to have submitted two out of three of our primary summits, and we already look forward to getting together again to climb Chimborazo.

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