Monday, January 30, 2017

2017 Ecuador Cayambe/Antisana Skills Expedition (January 20 - February 3) - Dispatch 8

January 29th Dispatch

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


Guide: Jeremy Devine

Hello, everyone! Jeremy, here. 

We are back safe and sound from our Antisana attempt.  Everyone had a great time and worked hard on the mountain!  

Although we would have loved to reach the summit, we experienced increasingly high winds and moisture on our climb and decided to turn around at just about 17,100 ft (5200 m). 

Climbing in a remote natural environment is challenging, invigorating, and humbling - especially while climbing amidst the elements!  Today's adventure provided an excellent learning opportunity. Team members came together to discuss their options, carefully considering what would be safe and what people would be comfortable with.  They made sound decisions as a group, first to continue and later when to descend. 

We will send pictures and more updates when we are back in Quito.  This evening we'll wish farewell to Steve Hufford, Mark Choroser, Stephen DelGreco, Blaine Cochrane, Samuel Westerfield, and Donna Klecka. Thank you for joining us on the Cayambe-Antisana expedition! 

After a good night's sleep at the Hotel Reina Isabel in Quito, Rod Lloyd Williams and Sean Mcllvenna will begin the journey to Chimborazo. We're also happy to be joined by Ben Veres, tomorrow, who just completed an Aconcagua expedition with AAI.

Thank you, and talk to you again soon!


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