Hello family and friends. The team moved to the foot of the highest mountain in Ecuador where they prepared for their summit bid. They left camp at about midnight and after one and a half hours of steady climbing reached the foot of the Stubel Glacier. Unfortunately, they found very hard ice all the way up on this glacier and decided to be conservative and turned around. They traveled back to Quito (the Ecuadorian Capital City) where they had a farewell dinner and took their fligths back home.
It was very nice to have enjoyed the company of Tim and Peter along this trip in the Andes of Ecuador and we hope to see them again in the near future. Thanks guys!
The team will travel to Chimborazo tomorrow. They are feeling very optimistic.
Good morning family and friends!
Yesterday we hiked to the Bear’s High Pass (4,385 m/14,386 ft.) located in the Eastern Ecuadorian Range. It took us 5 hours and 20 minutes of steady walking to get up there. The rest of the afternoon was dedicated to rest and recovery before our move up to the base of Cayambe, the third highest mountain in Ecuador. Two team members went to the spa and enjoyed massages. We had dinner in the evening and watched the World Series too!
We are all looking forward to having the first views of Cayambe volcano later on today!
Best to you all!
Hello family and friends
We want to welcome Tim and Peter to the Andes of Ecuador. We are happy that Gordon (Alpine Ascents Director of Programs) has joined us for the first part of the trip. Yesterday we visited the beautiful Colonial District of Quito in the company of our very knowledgeable tour guide Maria Esther. Today we hiked to the crater rim of Ruco Pichincha, reaching an altitude of 15,260 feet, which was a new altitude record for Tim. Congrats Tim!
We are currently in the most beautiful hot springs resort in Ecuador, Termas Papallacta, which is located in the cloud forest. Everybody is doing well and in good spirits. On this trip we will attempt to climb three big volcanoes: Cayambe, Antisana and Chimborazo.
We are sending our best to family and friends. Please stay tuned. More soon!
Willi is without a doubt, the finest guide I have ever been associated with. He made this trip totally interesting and a real educational experience from a mountaineering standpoint.