Friday, January 24, 2020

2020 Ecuador Cotopaxi Skills Expedition (Trip 2: Jan. 18 - 27, 2020) Dispatch 3

Ecuador High Altitude Trip Report

Guide: Romel Sandoval

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

January 24, 2020

Romel called with an update:

Hello again,

I am excited to report that eight of our team climbed the great glaciers and made the summit of Cayambe today!

I think the 18,996-foot / 5,790-meter summit was the highest so far reached for each of them, except for one person, and what was really great was the fact that everyone felt pretty good with the altitude. There were a few "tired heads," but otherwise, the team was very comfortable on top. This team has acclimatized very well!

We were lucky to have such great weather. The forecast was good and it all came true. It was perfectly, beautifully clear, and we were treated to a fine sunrise and then excellent views of all of Ecuador's big peaks. The team had fun identifying each one.

The air was crisp but not too windy, so it was a comfortable climb. And it was cold enough that the glacier was nicely frozen up and it gave us perfect conditions for climbing. We made very good time on both the ascent and descent.

Everyone is feeling happy, but tired after their hard work. We'll have a nice evening and a good dinner at Hacienda Guachalá, and then tomorrow we will drive south to Cotopaxi National Park and a stay at Tambopaxi Lodge, with beautiful views of our next mountain to climb.

So tomorrow, Saturday will be a rest day, except for the drive that won't be too long. Then on Sunday we'll drive to the base of the mountain and hike up to the climbing hut. We'll go to be early Sunday evening and get up around midnight Monday morning for our climb. Wish us good luck!!


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