Friday, December 13, 2019

2019 Ecuador Cotopaxi Skills and Chimborazo Expedition (Trip 12: Nov. 30 - Dec. 14, 2019) Dispatch 4

Ecuador High Altitude Trip Report

Guide: Jose Salazar

Climbers: Jeremy B., Ian B., Anthony Q., Samantha D., Matt B., John C., and Christopher A.

December 13, 2019

Jose just called from Ecuador to let us know that the team succeeded on Chimborazo on Thursday morning! Jeremy came on the line to give us these details:

I am glad to let you know that we had a very successful climb. We basically had good weather and good conditions on the route. We climbed with three guides and I have to say, Marco gets a lot of credit for breaking trail. There was some new snow on the route and it hadn't been climbed for a while, so that was a lot of work that he accomplished, and we all appreciated it very much.

I would say we made good time. We were all feeling good. The weather was a little cloudy, and we had fog too, but as we got closer to the summit it cleared off. We were really lucky.

It was pretty exciting to be so high – 20,703 feet.

We are now heading to BaƱos which I understand is going to be nice a warm and a rather lush landscape with hot springs. That will be a fun contrast to where we have been.

We are all feeling good and are in high spirits. It's been a great trip and we feel really good about summiting all three of our major objectives.


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