Hey, this is Brett checking in for the Day 5 cybercast from Ecuador. We had a great day.
We woke up this morning in Papallacta National Park at the Papallacta Termas Lodge. We had our last shower for a few days. We checked out of the hot springs and had a great breakfast buffet, boarded the bus for the three hour trip to the Antisana highland. Halfway there we stopped and picked up our three new guides, that gives us four total for a very safe guide to climber ratio of 4:6.
We arrived at the Antisana Base Camp in the early afternoon. We took an amazing hike up to about 14,600 feet, just a few hundred feet below where our High Camp will be tomorrow night. As soon as we got to the top, the clouds cleared out and we could see Antisana’s peak clear as day and the pictures were fantastic. We’ve hiked back down and now we’re getting ready to enjoy a fantastic dinner of potato soup and pasta.
Everyone looks great. Everyone looks strong. Everyone sends messages through me, to their family and friends that they’re doing great.
As for me, I’d like to say a special “hello” to Kristy, and to my kids Maddy, Lea, and Johnny: “You guys, I miss you. I can’t wait to see you in about a week. You guys would love this place and until we talk again, hasta luego and cantar a sus burros, which either means ‘sweet dreams’ or ‘sing to your donkeys’.”