Entries From Ecuador 2-9-13

Ecuador Volcanoes: Beren & Team’s Decision on Cotopaxi

Posted by: Jake Beren, Ben Liken | February 18, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 18,400'

Greetings from Quito! 

Early this morning (or rather late last night), our team set off to try to climb Cotopaxi. When we woke there was a little precip, but we knew we could handle it and continued with our preparations to go see what we could do. Breaking trail through the new snow for hours this morning did little to slow down this team and we found ourselves high on the mountain before the sun had risen. At around 18,400 feet above the sea, crossing a reactive windslab above a gaping crevasse stopped us in our tracks, too risky to chance a crossing and our high point today. The team impressed me with their dedication to safety and a good time in the mountains over standing on a summit and Cotopaxi rewarded our judgment with a break in the storm to take in the sights of this beautiful mountain.  Crossing crevasses, down climbing ice steps and navigating seracs in the early morning light was a real treat and we appreciated these features of the route even more as the weather rolled in for our last few moments before returning to the hut. A short nap and then down to the bus in the snow, so much for life in the tropics. It has been a real treat to share these climbs with such a good team, thanks everybody.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

Cotopaxi in Ecuador. Photo: RMI Collection
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Brilliant decision, team and leaders:  L’chaim!

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Posted by: nsb on 2/19/2013 at 5:41 am

Hurray!  Great job, everyone!

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Posted by: Caroline on 2/18/2013 at 1:22 pm


Ecuador Volcanoes: Beren & Team Ready for Cotopaxi Summit Bid

Posted by: Jake Beren, Ben Liken | February 17, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 16,000'

Hello, this is Jake Beren in Ecuador calling in for the RMI team down here. We had a fantastic day yesterday just resting and recouping after a pretty big week so far here in Ecuador. And this morning we’re going to head up to the hut on Cotopaxi. And with any luck, tonight we will be making our bid for the summit. So wish us luck and keep sending those good weather vibes down here and I will check in tomorrow.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

The Jose Ribas Refugio on Cotopaxi. Photo: RMI Collection Sunset at the Jose Ribas Refugio on Cotopaxi. Photo: Billy Nugent


Jake Beren checks in from Cotopaxi's High Hut.

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Best of luck and may the gods and goddesses of good weather smile upon you!

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Posted by: Christina Doren on 2/17/2013 at 7:04 pm

Anxious to hear how every thing went
Love, Mom and Dad

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Posted by: Dianne and George on 2/17/2013 at 4:58 pm


Ecuador Volcanoes: Beren & Team Relaxing after a Successful Cayambe Summit

Posted by: Jake Beren, Ben Liken | February 15, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador

Hello, this is Jake calling in from Ecuador. Just to let everybody know that after our successful climb of Cayambe today, we have made it safely, soundly and well fed back to Chilcabamba where we will be spending tonight and tomorrow resting to get ready for Cotopaxi.  All’s well after a big day and we’re looking forward to a little bit of R&R.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

Chilcabamba Eco Lodge with Cotopaxi Behind. Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Jake Beren checks in from Chilcabamba Eco Lodge.

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So happy to hear the great news!  Congratulations!  Can’t wait to hear the stories when you return!

Love to you all, LeAnn

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Posted by: LeAnn Plank on 2/17/2013 at 9:19 am

Congratulations on the Cayumbe summit!  With the bright, ice blue sky, it looked like a perfect morning.

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Posted by: Kathy Zuehlke on 2/16/2013 at 9:55 am


Ecuador’s Volcanoes: Cayambe Summit!

Posted by: Ben Liken, Jake Beren | February 15, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 18,997'

Buenos dias from the top of Cayambe!

We had an absolutely stunning day for our climb today, first clear day up here in weeks and perfect cramponing conditions all the way up. So we will give you guys a shout on the way down and super proud effort by the team today. Everybody did a fantastic job and we’ll give you shout when we’re down safe and sound.

Alright, thanks.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

On the Road to Cayambe - Photo: Jake Beren On the Route - Photo: Jake Beren Team on the Summit! - Photo: Jake Beren


RMI Guide Jake Beren checks in from the summit of Cayambe.

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Ecuador’s Volcanoes: Beren & Team Check in from the Cayambe Hut

Posted by: Jake Beren, Ben Liken | February 14, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 15,300'

Feliz Valentine’s Day from all of us in Ecuador. We are at our hut on Cayambe.  About to bed down for the night after a good day of training up here.  And with any luck tonight, we will be giving Cayambe a shot. So wish us luck. And again, Happy Valentine’s to everybody back home.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

Approaching the Climber's Hut on Cayambe. Photo: RMI Collection Cayambe in Ecuador. Photo: Jeff Hall


RMI Guide Jake Beren checks in from Cayambe's High Hut.

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Those pictures of Cayambe are AWESOME. It looks like heaven.  Best of luck for the climb tomorrow.  With love, your valentine.

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Posted by: Christina Doren on 2/14/2013 at 10:31 pm

Congrats on a good training day!  I’m saying a special Cayambe prayer for the team tonight!

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Posted by: Caroline on 2/14/2013 at 7:39 pm


Ecuador Volcanoes: Beren & Team Exploring the Otovalo Market

Posted by: Jake Beren, Ben Liken | February 13, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador

The team is currently exploring Otovalo, the market town near the base of Cayambe. The sea of brightly colored goods in the town square is a fantastic place for a little cultural souvenir shopping. After our outing, we will head towards our next climbing objective, Cayambe. With a positive trend in the weather, it seems as though all the crossed fingers up North have made a difference. Keep it up amigos and we will check in from the hut!

RMI Guide Jake Beren

One of the team members enjoying the Otovalo Market. Photo: Jake Beren Many colorful items to ponder at the Otovalo Market. Photo: RMI Collection

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Happy Valentine’s Day, Dan and friends!! Love the updates, following y’all daily! Wishes for good weather, good health and happy hiking!

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Posted by: Patsy on 2/14/2013 at 5:12 pm

Yes,  Happy Valentines day to Dan and friends! Following you daily, love the updates! Wishing good weather and successful hiking!

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Posted by: Patsy on 2/14/2013 at 5:08 pm


Ecuador Volcanoes: Beren & Team Acclimatizing on Cerro Fuya Fuya

Posted by: Jake Beren, Ben Liken | February 12, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 14,000'

The rain was borderline torrential in Quito last night, but as we got closer to our acclimatization hike, it let up for us. We had a great hike today, topping out on Cerro Fuya Fuya at over 14,000 feet!  The team again did a great job climbing up this mountain and making the most of our time up high. Tomorrow we will head to Otovalo and do a little exploration of the market town. Afterwards it’s up to the Cayambe hut!  So far so good down here.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

Road to Cerro Fuya Fuya. Photo: Jake Beren The team on their acclimating hike of Cerro Fuya Fuya. Photo: Jake Beren The team topping out on Cerro Fuya Fuya. Photo: Jake Beren
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I swear that is the rare specie of Ecuadorian houli in the red jacket.

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Posted by: John Loschky on 2/12/2013 at 8:02 pm

Hurray!  Keep up the good work.

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Posted by: Caroline on 2/12/2013 at 4:39 pm


Ecuador Volcanoes: Beren & Team Hike to Top of Rucu Pichincha

Posted by: Jake Beren, Ben Liken | February 11, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 15,696'

What a day!  After breakfast the rain let up for a bit and we boarded the teleferico for a ride up to 13,200 feet. Nice way to travel. We caught a quick glance at Cotopaxi before the clouds rolled in and enjoyed perfect walking temperatures up to the ridge of the extinct volcano Rucu Pichincha. With a weather window to work with, we roped up and climbed to the summit, everyone standing tall at 15,700 feet above the sea. The team did great and we even managed to get down to the trail before the rain came in. The rain stayed with us until we got back to town, but everyone’s spirits remained high and now we are relaxing before dinner. Tomorrow we leave Quito and head for even higher ground.  Wish us luck!

RMI Guide Jake Beren

The trail on Rucu Pichincha. Photo: Jake Beren Jake and Team on the Rucu Pichincha summit. Photo: Ben Liken

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Hi Mark, we are glad to see you with your team. We hope you will continue to have a good trip and we will follow your adventure via this blog!!

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Posted by: Wally Rappe on 2/13/2013 at 5:58 pm

Looks like you are doing well and should I say, even “rested”. hope you are keeping a log so we can hear all about the climb. Push your limits!!!  jL

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Posted by: John Lind SR on 2/13/2013 at 4:18 pm


Ecuador’s Volcanoes: Team Explores Quito

Posted by: Ben Liken, Jake Beren | February 10, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador

Buenos Dias from Ecuador!  The team arrived last night ahead of schedule, with all our gear and we hit the town running today. After a team meeting this morning, we loaded up on coffee and breakfast and took a short drive to the equator to perform a few experiments. After some testing we were able to verify the precise location of the Middle of the World and head to lunch. Post traditional Equadorian food, we returned to the Southern Hemisphere to explore the Old Town of Quito. We were able to get some great views of the city from the ramparts of the Basilica before an afternoon lightning storm encouraged our descent. The Guilded Church, Presidential Palace and Virgin of Quito followed and we returned to the hotel for some rest before a gear check and dinner. Off to a great start down here!

RMI Guides Jake Beren & Ben Liken

The Basilica, Quito Ecuador.
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Congrats to the team for a successful climb today, complete with a Carunculated Caracara sighting! Very cool bird! Keep up the good work!

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Posted by: Caroline on 2/11/2013 at 2:36 pm

Me too—sending good thoughts to my hubs and friends on this adventure.  Keep us posted!

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Posted by: Christina on 2/11/2013 at 9:26 am