Tuesday, January 21, 2020

2020 Ecuador Cotopaxi Skills Expedition (Trip 2: Jan. 18 - 27, 2020) Dispatch 2

Ecuador High Altitude Trip Report

Romel Sandoval

Climbers: Taaryn W., Geneva B., Diana S., Stephen A., Tom W., Philip B., Timothy M., John C., Marcus B., Richard M.

January 21, 2020

Romel called again today with another update.

Hello from Ecuador! We had another great day today and we all summited on our final acclimatization peak of Rucu Pichincha!

Everyone was excited to make it, especially considering that the weather was terrible - very cloudy with no views and relentless rain. Does that qualify for a “terrible weather” rating?

I am pleased to say that despite all that, the spirits of the group were high and the team was very strong throughout the day.

The rain didn't dampen anyone's spirits! If anything the day was even more motivating for the team.

We also like the fact that the weather outlook is better for tomorrow!

I’m now going to give the phone to one of the climbers on our team, Tom Wilson.

Hello folks. We had a great day, and I’ll add that if there ever was a day where "overcoming adversity" was the theme, then it would have been today!

It was not just regular rain; it was freezing rain with very low visibility. But the bright side was that the low visibility made the summit quicker since we didn't have to stop for photos!

Our guides were great again today. And a nice touch was having hot coffee on the gondola on the way up to where our hiking began. It was definitely a welcome contrast to the cold rain.

We are now on our way to Hacienda Guachal
á which means hot showers, another excellent meal from what I’ve heard, and a very good sleep!


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