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Team Completes Frist Day of Acclimatization Hikes in Ecuador

Hi everybody, it’s Billy checking in with another dispatch from Quito, Ecuador. Today’s events brought us some of the first exertion of the trip. After a pleasant breakfast the crew geared up and headed out in taxis to the teleferico where we rode a gondola up to 13,600’. From there we began our first acclimitzation hike up on the volcano, Rucu Pichincha. We hiked up through bright green hillsides and skirted some large volcanic cliffs, moving in and out of the clouds, all the while with the sprawl of Quito far below. It was a pretty cool place to get things started with some amazing views when the clouds parted. After stretching our legs and working our lungs a bit we headed back down to Quito in the late afternoon. The day finished with a thorough gear check for the mountaineering to come and a team dinner on our last night here in Quito.

Tomorrow, an early rise and escape from Babylon will take us out to Cerra Fuya Fuya (13,986’) for our next training hike. We’ll check back as soon as we can!

Thanks to Dawn Kim for the photos in this post!


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