The Ecuador Team summits Antisana! Congratulations!

Hi, this is Dan Snuffer reporting from Ecuador here at the base of Cotopaxi at a Lodge that we’re staying at this evening; I can’t recall the name of it but just finished having a really nice dinner.

We just finished summiting Antisana this morning, which was a wonderful climb put together by an excellent Team from Alpine Ascents. I came down here with a group of friends of mine: Brett Preston, Ben Salango, and Kris Cormany. We happened to also meet a couple of good guys on the trip, being Tom and John who have been great climbing partners for us.

But we just finished summiting today our first mountain on the trip, which is Antisana, beautiful mountain covered in really neat crevasses. It’s been an interesting climb itself, trying to get up and over some of these crevasses. And actually today we repelled down one section of a crevasse that was a new experience for all of us.

But the actual summit climb started out at about 10 o’clock last night when they put us to bed, or actually 5 o’clock last night when they put us to bed, but none of us could sleep very well because we were so excited to get to start the climb to summit Antisana. And we got up about 10 o’clock and the chef from Alpine Ascents, who apparently went to school for specifically alpine cooking, woke us up around 10 o’clock, fixed us/everyone a nice breakfast to get us started. And then we had about a 45 minute drive to the base of Antisana and started to climb.

The first part of it wasn’t all too bad; it was not that steep of a slope and it was mostly just walking up with your crampons and ice axe. But as we got toward the middle of the climb, we encountered just a crevasse, what would appear to be like a crevasse minefield, just crevasses everywhere. And the Team at Alpine Ascents helped us get through those all safely, and had an excellent time doing that. Personally I’d never seen crevasse sections like this before on any other mountain that I’ve climbed. But Antisana’s definitely covered in them. But ended up summiting I think around seven to eight am this morning and had a few hour walk back down to the Base. And then we had a couple hour drive to this Lodge that we’re staying at right now, in preparation to next summit Cotopaxi, so that’s actually in a couple days from now.

I know everyone here would like to say “hello” to their friends and family back home. One of the unfortunate parts of the trip is that we’re out of cell service ninety percent of the time and everyone wants to connect back home with their friends and family. So on behalf of everyone here on this Team, I know they’d all like to say “hi” to the folks back home. And that’s it. Follow us on the cybercast. Thanks, bye.

       

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