Hi, this is Mike with Alpine Ascents Team Lightning Rod checking in at the José Ribas Hut on Cotopaxi.
We had a nice stay at a lodge inside the national park, at Tambopaxi (at 12,201) and got a little bit of rest before we moved up to the José Ribas Hut on the side of the mountain (at 15,750 feet).
We left last night at 1am to arrive at the summit at 7am (at 19,347 feet), about a 3,600 foot gain over about 6 hours. And the sun came up at 6am. We had a clear night, and then clouds came in when the sun came up, so we got a couple good photos that we’ll post on the website. And for most of us it was the first time travelling thru a true icefall and we were glad it was dark. When we came back down during the day today, we were surprised at how large some of the ice blocks and other crevasses throughout this area were. But we all safely made it down and made it to the summit.
We’re moving to the Hacienda La Cienega to recover, and rest, and prepare for a nighttime summit attempt at Chimborazo, which should be Friday and we’ll check back in before then.