Ecuador’s Volcanoes: The Team Checks in from the Cayambe Hut

Posted by: Casey Grom | December 15, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 15,300'

Hello again from Ecuador. Today we are greeted with a beautifully, clear sky and amazing views of Cayambe looming far above us.  We packed up all of our climbing gear, and loaded up the vehicles and headed into the town of Otavalo. Otavalo is home to one of the largest open-air markets in all of South America. The team spent about 2 hours shopping and trying out our bargaining skills with the locals.  From the sounds of it, some of us did better than others. After town we started our two-hour drive through the beautiful countryside of Cayambe. The road slowly climbs up the ridge line that allows us access to this massive mountain. Due to the tough conditions of the road, we hiked the last little bit, which helped out with our acclimatization process. We are currently relaxing in the Cayambe’s climbers hut at about 15,300’ that overlooks a lot of the many glaciers here. The team is doing great and everyone’s ready to go to bed after an enjoyable dinner of pasta, vegetables and chicken. To top it all off, we were treated to an amazing sunset tonight that reminded me of the sunsets in central Oregon. Buenes noches and we look forward to checking in with you guys tomorrow. Have a good night.

RMI Guide Casey Grom

The Ecuador Volcanoes sign The Otavalo Market.


Casey Grom checks in the Cayambe Hut.

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