Monday, January 30, 2017

2017 Ecuador Cayambe/Antisana Skills Expedition (January 20 - February 3) - Dispatch 7

January 28th Dispatch
Climbers: Mark Choroser, Stephen DelGreco, Blaine Cochrane, Samuel Westerfield, Stephen Hufford, Rod Lloyd Williams, Donna Klecka, Sean Mcllvenna

Guide:
Jeremy Devine

Hi, this is Jeremy from Ecuador!

We traveled into the Antisana Reserve yesterday and had a relaxing evening together at another hacienda. And today we enjoyed a pleasant drive through old hacienda lands with great views of Sincholagua (15,988 ft / 4,873 m) and Cotopaxi (19,347 ft / 4,099 m). We visited the Nature Reserve's office at La Mica Lake, then drove farther to establish our camp near the base of Antisana at 13,448 ft / 4,100 m.

We had a little wind and rain on our approach to camp, but fortunately that cleared around dinner time. Conditions now are calm and partly cloudy. Everyone is bedded down for our early start on our ascent of Antisana. Hopefully the weather will continue to improve this evening and we'll have good weather for our climb!

Overall, climbers are feeling well-rested and ready for another peak. Unfortunately, Brian has been experiencing some dental problems and chose to head home, yesterday. We all wish him the best and are glad to have had him as part of our team on this great journey!

We will call again tomorrow to let you know how our climb goes. Talk to you later!



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