Tuesday, January 31, 2017

2017 Ecuador Cayambe/Antisana Skills Expedition (January 20 - February 3) - Dispatch 10

January 31st Dispatch

Climbers: Rod Lloyd Williams, Sean Mcllvenna, Ben Veres

Guide: Jeremy Devine

Hello, this is Jeremy!

We are at the Chimborazo base camp, and the climbers are now resting for our early morning summit attempt.

This morning we left our lodge, Estacion Urbina, just after breakfast. We drove south to make our way towards Chimborazo, and saw the oldest church in Ecuador, Iglesia de Balbanera – built in 1534!

Our travels then took us north, passing La Chorrera Canyon, a local rock-climbing area near San Juan Bosco.

After a nice stop for lunch, we made our 20-minute approach to the Chimborazo base camp. We had calm winds on our hike and saw the mountain in and out of the clouds.

Reaching the base camp was the highlight of our day: We arrived just in time to see a wolf harassing a vicuña. Before we knew it, the vicuña surprised us all by running after the wolf and chasing him away! Truly a spectacular wildlife spotting.

File photo

Tomorrow will be an exciting day. We'll get up at 10pm and plan to leave by 11pm for our 12-14 hour climb of Chimborazo! We'll have three climbers and three guides making the ascent, so with a 1:1 ratio there will be plenty of support. If the weather is not conducive to us climbing, tomorrow, we still have one more day to make a second summit attempt.

We'll call after our climb to let you know how it goes! Wish us luck!

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