Ecuador Volcanoes: Team Summits Cotopaxi!

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Katie Bono | January 17, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 19,348'

We enjoyed great weather on Cotopaxi this morning which enabled the team to go 2 for 2! To help describe the beauty of our surroundings today, I hope you enjoy the photos in our blog post… Our ascent took just under seven hours in nearly calm but frigid conditions. As the dawn began to break we were unfortunately climbing on the shaded side of the mountain and felt no relief from the cold until we were kissed by the sun on the summit. Despite the cold morning 6 of our 8 climbers persevered to enjoy the glorious sunrise from the top. A strong team on the way up doesn’t always mean a strong team on the way down. Lucky for us, everyone descended exceptionally well and we found ourselves back at the Refugio drinking coffee by 10 am after a 2:30 descent! Anyway, the gang is back in Quito safe and sound, resting up for a celebratory dinner this evening before we all hustle back to our real lives. It’s been tons of fun, thanks for following along!

Godspeed.

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

The team's view from the Cotopaxi summit. Photo: Billy Nugent Cotopaxi Summit Team - January 17, 2013. Photo: Billy Nugent Photo time on the Cotopaxi summit. Photo: Billy Nugent

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Congratulations, Matt & team!  So happy that you made it to both summits, and are back down safely.  See you back home tomorrow :-)

Posted by: Nisha on 1/17/2013 at 10:05 pm

Way to go Meredith and team. Beautiful view! Way to climb strong.

Posted by: Rich on 1/17/2013 at 8:19 pm

Congratulations team !

Posted by: John Higa on 1/17/2013 at 6:57 pm

Congrats Billy and team! See you in a couple weeks.

Posted by: Michael Hammond on 1/17/2013 at 2:22 pm

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