Hello family and friends. The climbing season in the Ecuadorian Andes begins. Team members arrived to Quito, the capital of Ecuador. They are: Ann, Kim, Mike, Ben, Derrick, Rohit, Sachim and Chris. The group first visited the beautiful Colonial District of Quito accompanied by Esther, our very knowledgable tour guide. On our second day, we went to Ruco Pichincha, an old volcano near Quito. The entire team made it to the summit (4.698m/15.413 ft). Congrats to Derreck on setting up a new high altitude personal record! During the last couple of days, we have enjoyed the facilities at Termas Papallacta which is considered the best hot springs resort in Ecuador. We also hiked to the Baños lakes from where we could admire the beautiful and impressive Antisana (5.758m/18.891 ft) the fourth highest mountain in Ecuador and the first big volcano that we will be attempting in a few days. Today, we are heading to the foot of Antisana and tomorrow we will review glacier travel skills. We are all doing well. Please stay tuned. All our best from the Middle of the World. Team 1

Ann and Kim at the summit of Ruco Pichincha‏
Ann and Kim at the summit of Ruco Pichincha‏
Right below the summit of Ruco Pichincha‏
Right below the summit of Ruco Pichincha‏
The team negotiating a rocky traverse on Ruco Pichincha‏
The team negotiating a rocky traverse on Ruco Pichincha‏
Descending Ruco Pichincha‏
Descending Ruco Pichincha‏
A sunny morning in the cloud forest. Antisana in the background.‏
A sunny morning in the cloud forest. Antisana in the background.‏
Enjoying breakfast at Termas Hot Springs Resort‏
Enjoying breakfast at Termas Hot Springs Resort‏
The team posing for a group picture at the bottom of the Baños waterfall‏
The team posing for a group picture at the bottom of the Baños waterfall‏
View from the Baños trail. Antisana in the background.‏
View from the Baños trail. Antisana in the background.‏

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