Team Checks in From Cayambe

Posted by: | December 05, 2010
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 15,300 ft.

Billy here checking in from the refugio, high on Cayambe. After exploring the amazing open-air market in Otovalo, complete with live meats, fresh produce, and an impressive offering from local artisans, we headed up to spend our first night above 15,000’. We dined on spaghetti a la bolognese with a balsamic viniagrette and crashed after a small nightcap of Cabernet. Ooh yeah, roughing it! And despite a slightly rough night everybody is acclimatizing really well, and also performed well during our mountaineering school this morning and afternoon. Right now we’re all chilling back at the refugio gearing up for tonight’s summit attempt. A summit talk and an early-to-bed evening will help us cope with our expected 11 pm wake up. If the weather and snowpack allow, the crew should be celebrating on the summit tomorrow morning!

Wish us luck!

Team Fuya Fuya (our elected team name)

Thanks to Dawn Kim for the photos in this post!

The market in Otovalo. Cayambe Hut at 15,300 ft. The team enjoys a luxurious dinner before their summit bid. Cayambe in the late afternoon light.

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