Wednesday, January 25, 2017

2017 Ecuador Cayambe/Antisana Skills Expedition (January 20 - February 3) - Dispatch 5

January 25th Dispatch
Climbers: Mark Choroser, Stephen DelGreco, Blaine Cochrane, Samuel Westerfield, Stephen Hufford, Rod Lloyd Williams, Donna Klecka, Brian Fay, Sean Mcllvenna

Guide:
Jeremy Devine
Hello! Jeremy, here, calling with another update from Ecuador:

We are at the Cayambe Refuge, and we've all just finished an early dinner. Everyone is now organizing their gear and will be heading to bed soon to rest for tomorrow's summit attempt of Cayambe (18,996 ft / 5790 m).

We'll be getting up at around midnight and heading out around 1 am to take advantage of the best snow and ice conditions and to be finished with the climb by midday. It's cloudy now and hard to know if it will be clear or not tomorrow, but even on clear days, we tend to get clouds coming up from the Amazon in the early afternoon, so that's another reason we start early and try to be on or near the summit around sunrise.

Our alpine climbing skills session went great! We reviewed climbing technique for more experienced climbers and for those who haven't climbed glaciers before, we taught basic glacier travel skills plus the use of ice axe and crampons – and how to do crevasse rescue.

It was a little windy, and we had a bit of precipitation, but it wasn't wet enough for us to even need our hard shells. It's dry out now – just a little cloudy.

All of the climbers are doing well, and everyone is looking forward to our first big climb!

We'll call tomorrow after our return from our ascent.

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