Thursday, November 16, 2017

2017 Ecuador Cayambe/Antisana Skills Expedition (November 3 - 12, 2017) Dispatch 4

November 13th Dispatch:

Climbers: Meril Moen, Piotr Stapor, Jonathan Deffenbaugh

Guide: Romel Sandoval

Romel called Monday morning with the following dispatch:

Yesterday the group summited Antisana. Conditions were great and everyone was very happy with their success. Unfortunately, two of the climbers opted to end their expedition early and were unable to join the group on Antisana. They are back in Quito now, enjoying a relaxing couple of days before departing on their journey home.

At this point, Jonathan took the phone and gave us a few thoughts about the trip thus far:

"Everything is going very well. We're on our way to Chimborazo now and very excited about the upcoming climb. We all had an excellent climb of Cayambe and Antisana. We were unsure about Antisana, what with the remoteness and ever-changing weather patterns we weren't sure if we could make it to the summit, but the weather cleared just in time!

"The acclimatization process has been excellent. This program's approach to acclimatization is a great schedule for aspiring high altitude climbers. We have some great photos to share later on. For now, here's a photo from the summit of Rucu Pichincha."

Romel assured they will call again from BaƱos on Wednesday, as it is difficult to get reception on Chimborazo.

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