Summit on Cayambe!

Posted by: | December 06, 2010
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 18,997 ft.

Woo hoo!

Today was a great day for our crew. Despite some rough weather and a windy lenticular cloud we were able to put seven of our ten teammates on the summit of Cayambe! Snow conditions on the ascent were perfect despite the high winds and generally squirrelly weather. The ascent took around eight hours from the refugio to the summit with a brief stay on top and was followed by a three hour descent. After driving for a while we then enjoyed a celebratory lunch at a typical Ecuadorian restaurant. After nearly four hours on the road, our weary team arrived at Chilcabamba, the beautiful Ecuadorian farmhouse that will be our home for the next two nights. A great dinner of local trout and fresh vegetables put a terrific finish on a long but satisfying day.

That’s all for now! We will check in tomorrow from Chilcabamba. Much love to all our friends and family back home in the states!

Thanks to Dawn Kim for the photos in this post!

The last push to the summit of Cayambe. Climbing in the wind, near the summit of Cayambe. The summit of Cayambe at last! The RMI team on the summit of Cayambe.

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