From Cotopaxi National Park

Posted by: | June 24, 2009
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 16,000 ft.

Yesterday morning at Chilcabamba we awoke to beautiful weather: clear skies, no wind, and excellent views of Cotopaxi. After driving into Cotopaxi National Park, we hiked up to the climbers’ hut on Cotopaxi at nearly 16,000’. Today there are some scattered snow showers and inntermitent clouds, but nothing too serious. We enjoyed a short hike to the glacier, and a review of ice axe and cramponing skills. This afternoon we’re lounging around the hut. We’ll hit the sack early tonight, in order to rest enough before our alpine start—we’ll most likely leave for the summit in the middle of the night.

I’ll be in touch tomorrow. Hopefully the weather treats us well.

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