Thursday, January 30, 2020

2020 Ecuador Chimborazo Skills Expedition (Trip 2: Jan. 28 - Feb. 1, 2020) Dispatch 1

Ecuador High Altitude Trip Report

Romel Sandoval

Climbers: Stephen A., Philip B., Timothy M., John C.

January 30, 2020

Romel called this afternoon with a final trip update!

Hi everyone!

We are calling again to let you know that we all made it to the summit on our highest peak, Chimborazo!

We had a great day together. Once again we got up around 11 pm and started climbing at midnight to have nice frozen conditions in the snowpack to make the climbing as easy and secure as possible. Conditions were really good and the weather was brilliant. It was really a gorgeous day! It was foggy up high, but none of us were complaining. Getting to the top of a 20,700-foot mountain is quite a wonderful thing to share together.

Now we are in semi- tropical BaƱos, which is off the high plain of central Ecuador on one of the routes down to the Amazon Basin. Instead of rock, snow, and ice we have flowers, hummingbirds, and palm trees! We're looking forward to a good dinner and rest tonight and then some exploring tomorrow.

We've had a great time together and are really happy about our climbing successes. This has been an absolutely wonderful team to climb with.

Thanks for reading our dispatches and bye from Ecuador!


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