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!

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.

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