Hey everyone, this is Brett checking in from Ecuador for the Tuesday’s cybercast.
This morning, well actually last night, we got up at 10pm, had a small breakfast and headed for the base of Cotopaxi. We kicked off our climb at about midnight. The conditions were good; it was a little bit cold. But we managed to summit the mountain about 7 or7:30 in the morning to a beautiful view. We were able to see down into the crater of the volcano which was amazing. We hiked back down and returned to our Lodge to pack up and hop on a bus.
Now for those of us on the 12 day version of this trip, which is everyone but Thom, we are heading back to Quito now for a nice dinner and our flights out to see our family and friends tomorrow. As for Tom, we are currently dropping him off at a pretty swank looking Lodge somewhere in Ecuador. And his parting words to me were to “Say ‘hello’ to my better half and to Bella”. So I wanted to pass that message for Thom. For everyone else, you’ll get your climbing guys back in a couple of days I think. John returns, well I think he’s going to Italy… (transmission choppy and incoherent).
We appreciate you all letting us go on this trip. I would like to send a special shout out to Jose Luis and everyone at Alpine Ascents for the fantastic job they did setting this climb together and I look forward to working with them again. Thank you very much.