Thursday, February 21, 2019

2019 Ecuador Cotopaxi Skills Expedition (Trip 3 February 9 - 15, 2019) Dispatch 2

Ecuador High Altitude Trip Report

Guide: Jaime Avila

Climbers: Tyler and David Wesorick, Gillian Ingram, and Andrew Hughes

Our guide, Jaime, called today and left a brief message letting us know that the team successfully reached the summit of Chimborazo! They are now relaxing in the tropical town of BanĂ³s. We hope to hear more details soon, but for now we are very happy for the climbers and hope they find some great relaxation tonight. 



Tuesday, February 19, 2019

2019 Ecuador Cotopaxi Skills Expedition (Trip 3 February 9 - 15, 2019) Dispatch 1

Ecuador High Altitude Trip Report

Guide: Jaime Avila

Climbers: Tyler and David Wesorick, Adam DiSimine, Gillian Ingram, Eric Brown, Kevin Fox, and Andrew Hughes

Our guide, Jaime, called Tuesday as the group was traveling to the Cayambe Refuge. The call was very brief, as we lost connection a few times.

Jaime reported the group has had a great start to the expedition. Saturday, after a program orientation and great check, the climbing team walked around Quito, visiting the gear shop and a variety of historical and then enjoying a great lunch at a nice restaurant in Quito's old town.

The group was successful on both acclimatization hikes, Pasachoa (13,776 ft / 4199 m) and Rucu Pichincha (15,413 ft / 4697 m). Everyone seems to be in great shape and to be acclimatizing well. Jaime said, "They are certainly in great spirits as I am as well!"

They were about to head to the Cayambe Refuge right after the call. The weather wasn' look very good for glacier skills practice, but Jaime has a great plan for utilizing the hut to conduct some teaching indoors.


Monday, February 4, 2019

2019 Ecuador Cotopaxi Skills Expedition (January 19 - February 2, 2019) Dispatch 1

Ecuador High Altitude Trip Report

Guide: Freddy Tipan

Climbers: Ben Rice, Craig Warden, and Caroline Schley

Guide Franklin and climbers Ben, Craig, and Caroline called to provide news of the successful climbs over the past few days.

Franklin: Greetings Friends and Family! We are happy to be calling to let you know we have been having a wonderful trip, from our early high altitude hikes to get acclimatized to our recent climbs of two of Ecuador's highest summits. here is Ben to tell you more.

Ben: I am very happy to let you know that Caroline, Craig and I along with our guides all made it to the top of both 18,997-foot Cayambe and 19,348-foot Cotopaxi. Conditions have been very good for us, with consolidated snow on the glaciers and firm conditions, giving us good cramping and making the climbing very secure. We also had great weather, and the views have been tremendous. We've seen all the major peaks of Ecuador from our summits, and it just makes us eager to explore more.

Franklin has done a great job, and we have really enjoyed his company as well as appreciated his skilled guiding and the information he has shared on the country and the mountains. It's been a really fun trip, and now Craig and I are looking forward to continuing on to Chimborazo, the highest peak in the country. It's great to be here!

Franklin:
We won't be able to call from Chimborazo, but we'll call in when we get down. We're hoping for another great climb! That's the news for now.