Summit on Cotopaxi

Posted by: | June 25, 2009
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 19,600 ft.

Cotopaxi summit! 100% of our climbing team reached the top of the beautiful 19,600’ active volcano. We awoke at midnight to a clear and starry night, and started climbing at 1:30. A light breeze turned into a strong, cold wind that stayed with us most of the climb, but the skies remained clear and the climbing conditions were excellent. The wind eased on the summit, and we were treated to a beautiful morning with views of the surrounding peaks: the Ilinizas, Chimborazo, Antisana, and Cayambe, our next climbing destination.

We’re all safely off the mountain, and enjoying the ammeneties at the Hacienda La Cienega. I’ll touch base tomorrow with more, and hopefully some pictures. But right now there’s a shower with my name on it.

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