Ecuador Expedition Team “Head in the Clouds” enjoying beautiful weather in Tambopaxi

Hello, this is John (from Vermont) speaking for Team “Head in the Clouds” from Ecuador in South America. Hope everyone is doing well back in the states. We are right now at Tambopaxi, which is a lodge live in Tambopaxi National Park.

It’s a beautiful day, so far today. Had a beautiful day yesterday, relaxing after our climb up Antisana. And it’s been a great trip so far. We’re getting ready to head up to the hut, which will be our high camp. Right now we’re at about 12,300 feet approximately. We’ll be heading up to the parking lot where we will hike (the parking lot’s at about 15,000 feet) and we’ll be heading up to the hut which has got some nice amenities it sounds like, looking forward to it. The hut is at about 15,750 feet that will be our highest sleeping altitude so far.

So far everybody’s hanging in there, doing pretty well, pretty happy. Antisana was a very rewarding climb. I found it very difficult, personally, and was able to summit, so it was very rewarding. Most people in the group were able to get up there, and also everybody had a great time. The weather was very good on Antisana. There were a lot of hazards which the guides helped us get through, such as some crevasse fields and one belay that we had to do, about 600 feet or so below the summit. Very beautiful ice fields in that area and fantastic views from the top of Antisana, very rewarding climb. And we’re looking forward to the famous Cotopaxi, which is the very famous painting as well, in the Detroit Institute of Art, by Church, so looking forward to seeing it. I have been seeing it the last day or so, with my own eyes and looking forward to attempting to climb it.

Hope everybody has a great Monday and we’ll be talking to you soon! Thank you very much, goodbye!

Tambopaxi lodge and Ecuadorian cowboys  The summit of Cotopaxi from Tambopaxi lodge this morningFlorent Jen Mike Marty John and Steven at the table for breakfast - Tambopaxi Lodge  John and Florent packing for the move up to the Cotopaxi hutMarty at the Tambopaxi Lodge

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