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To let you know that all team members are doing well, resting and recovering after their summit bid on Cotopaxi. Four out of six climbers made it to the top (5,897 m / 19,347 ft). They all did their best. The summit of this beautiful cone shaped volcano was a new altitude record for some of them. Congratulations!
The team will stay one more night at the foot of Cotopaxi. They will travel to Chimborazo tomorrow and prepare the climb of the highest mountain in Ecuador.
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Cayambe, has the special distinction of being the third highest mountain in the Americas north of the Equator line. John, Travis, Chris and Steve reached its summit yesterday morning in beautiful weather. Congratulations! They began the ascent at about midnight and after eight hours of climbing got to the top of this big volcano (5,789 m/18,993 ft.). During the climb, they could enjoy magnificent views of the surrounding highlands, mountains such as Chimborazo, Antisana and Cotopaxi and a sea of clouds over the Amazon Rain Forest. After the climb, they headed to the beautiful colonial Hacienda Pinsaqui where they are currently resting and recovering. Melanie and Alex decided to be conservative, save their strength and are looking forward to attempting Cotopaxi. The team is doing well and having a good time!
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All the best from Ecuador and enjoy the pictures!
Today, we reviewed glacier climbing skills at 16,100 feet on Cayambe. The weather allowed us to spend several hours at that altitude practicing self arrest, flat footing techniques, front pointing, glacier travel, etc.
We are back at the Yanacocha hut enjoying a great dinner prepared by our cook Juan. Tomorrow, we will move to the Cayambe hut and prepare the climb of the third highest mountain in Ecuador. Wish us luck with the weather!
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This morning we woke up to clear skies in the “cloud forest”. After having breakfast (which included several pieces of cassava “yuca” bread for our lead guide Jose Luis) we drove to the trailhead and started hiking up to the top of the La Virgen high pass. The views were amazing! We could see Antisana, Cayambe, Cotopaxi with plume of steam coming out from its crater and Chimborazo among other lesser peaks. It was overwelmingly beautiful.
Later on, we visited the “Middle of the World”. We are having lunch and soon we will continue driving towards the Yanacocha Lodge located at the foot of Cayambe volcano.
Tomorrow we will review glacier climbing skills at 16,000 ft / 4,900 m on Cayambe.
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Wishing you all had a very happy holiday season! Alpine Ascents climbers arrived to Ecuador and started their trip visiting the Colonial District of Quito and hiking on Ruco Pichincha volcano and the Papallacta lakes. They are all coping well with the altitude. They are enjoying the comforts of the hot springs resort located in the Ecuadorian cloud forest. The six team members will attempt Cayambe, Cotopaxi and Chimborazo. Four of them will stay a few more days in Ecuador in order to climb Antisana.
Melanie, John, Travis, Steven, Chris and Alex send their best to family and friends!
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This was an amazing trip all around, from the people, the accommodations, the food, the mountains, oh, and the climbing was good too! Alpine Ascents always seems heads above most other organizations I’ve traveled with.