Thursday, January 25, 2018

2018 Ecuador Cotopaxi Skills Expedition (Jan. 19 - 28, 2018 ) Dispatch 2

Guide: Fredy Tipan

Climbers: Sharlin G., Terry B., James H., Christine K., Aaron T., Marwan A.

Dispatch from Day 6:
Fredy called Thursday midday with an update:

"Hello this is Fredy again calling from Ecuador. I am very happy to let you know today we summited Cayambe!

It was a very windy day, so we didn't exactly have easy conditions, but we used plenty of layers and did fine. It was very exciting to make it to the top. Marwan would like to speak to you as well to let you know how the trip is going. Here he is:"

"Hello everyone and hello Erin-Leigh in the AAI office. Thank you for all your efforts in putting this trip together! I was honored to be one of the climbers to make it to the summit this morning. It was very windy – windier than I've ever experienced in my life.

I was having a hard time on the climb and the guides were incredibly helpful. One of the guides stayed very close to me and helped me work through my challenges with the wind and the climbing and really encouraged me to keep going. I am very proud of this accomplishment and incredibly grateful to our guides.

We have the rest of the day today to take it easy, and the group has chosen to go on a horseback ride this afternoon. Tomorrow, we will also have a nice recovery day as we are traveling to the Cotopaxi area to prepare for our next summit. I hope everyone at home is doping well! "

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