Ecuador Volcanoes: Nugent & Team Tour Quito and the Equator

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Katie Bono | January 09, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador

Hi everybody and welcome to another series of dispatches from an RMI Expeditions’ Ecuador Volcanoes program! The majority of our team arrived scattered throughout the day yesterday with high spirits and great expectations despite being exhausted from a solid day of airline travel. We met up for the first time as a complete team this morning at Spicy, our hotel restaurant, and enjoyed a pretty good spread of food and decent coffee to boot. After breakfast we headed out on a very informative city tour with our veteran city guide Jorge. Jorge showed us around town while explaining much of the complex cultural past that made Ecuador the country it is today. Our crew climbed the towers of the Basilica, enjoyed sweeping views of the city from the top of the Panecillo, and got to experiment with different physical phenomena on the exact geographic equator. All of this while beginning our all-important acclimatization process. Cool! We plan on rounding out our first full day in Ecuador with a brief team meeting followed by a team dinner.

More to come as the adventure progresses!

RMI Guides Billy Nugent, Katie Bono, and the rest of the gang

Billy and Team Visiting the Equator. The team enjoying their Quito city tour. Visiting Quito's Basilica.

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Hi Matt.  This link is a great!  We’re excited to follow your climb.  Best of luck to you and your team.
Stay safe.
Love,
Mom and Dad

Posted by: Polly and Ed Blum on 1/12/2013 at 5:19 pm

Take Lots of Pix Kendra and Mike!  You know the usual exhange rate!  Dinner for the slide show!  Have a Blast!

Posted by: Deb on 1/11/2013 at 3:32 am

Hi Matt, nice to see your photos at Latitude 0!  Quito looks like a beautiful city—I wish I were there!  I’ll check this blog daily to see what you are up to.

Posted by: Nisha on 1/10/2013 at 9:48 pm

Greetings from the Northern Hemisphere,

Congratulations to everyone for embarking on a truly EPIC Journey! Have a blast, double check your knots, take pictures and remember…

“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves”
-Sir Edmund Hillary

Capre Diem :)

Posted by: Dwight Kurt Schrute on 1/10/2013 at 3:05 pm

Hi Mike and Kendra! We’ll be watching the blogs. Be safe.

Posted by: Debbie Henry on 1/10/2013 at 10:51 am

Way to go Billy ! Looks like a blast!

Posted by: Libby on 1/9/2013 at 7:21 pm

Fantastic!  Have fun Billy!

Posted by: Kirsten on 1/9/2013 at 6:46 pm

Jealous!  Couldn’t ask for a better guide than Katie.

Posted by: Greg on 1/9/2013 at 5:06 pm

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