Hola, this is Team “Sí se puede” checking in at base camp of Antisana on Thursday August 2nd. Things are going good, we have no clouds right now, full moon, Antisana looks amazing. The last two nights we spent at Termas Papallacta, did some acclimatization hikes, most of the lakes right around there, got nice and soaked in the hot springs, ate a lot of good food, got Llapingachos (Seasoned Mashed and Fried Potato Cakes). A couple of days before we did Rucu Pinchincha, just outside of Quito, we took the teleferico up to 3,700 meters and then hiked from there up to the top of Rucu. Successful day, the weather treated us pretty good, the clouds parted when we got to the top, so we got to get some good views of the valley. A couple of other head people were up there with us. Other than that, everyone’s doing good, we’ve got Ed, Francis, Bert, Shatayu, and myself Ross, Hi Mom! Our guides are Jose Luis, Fredy, and Jaime, Jaime is a good joker haha.
Right now the weather is supposed to be looking pretty good for the next few days for us here. Tomorrow we’re going up to the glacier on Antisana, going to do some glacier training skills, review stuff, self-arrest, prussiks, crevasse rescue and all that. Part our acclimatization, we will be at around 15,700-ish on the glacier, somewhere around there. We decided our team name is going to be Team “Sí se puede”, after a great story of Jose Luis climbing with Ivan Vallejo, we’ll have to go into the length of that story on the next cybercast because I need to refresh my memory on how it actually goes haha. We just had a great dinner, soup with quinoa, pasta carbonara – spaghetti carbonara – it has bacon in it, that makes me really happy. So yeah that’s where we are at now, and we’ll catch you guys soon