Cotopaxi Express: Ready for Summit Attempt in the Morning

Posted by: | July 07, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 16,000'

Hey this is Seth and the Cotopaxi Express team checking in from the Jose Ribas Hut on Cotopaxi. Overnight we had a lot of winds move in with clouds and some snow.  Was a tough night for those trying for the summit. During the day today the wind has continued but the clouds are in-and-out and we are hopeful that we get a lull in the wind and we can try to punch it for the summit tonight.  We had a nice day of training.  Walked up about 45 minutes to over 16,000’ at the toe of the glacier and did a bunch of training.  Practiced our self-arrest skills and rope work and the team is psyched.  I think we are going to try to head out between midnight and 2 a.m. this morning headed for the summit.  And we’ll call in and let you know.. hopefully we’ll call you from the top.  Hope all is well back home.  Take care.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Jose Ribas Hut on Cotopaxi Cotopaxi (19,348')

Seth Waterfall checks in from the Jose Ribas Hut on Cotopaxi

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I am confident you all will make it to the top weather permitting! Be safe and stay warm. Myself, I am heading to the beach today for two weeks and will be thinking of you all. Tell President Khan I will see him there. Enjoy the adventure! I know there will be a lifetime of tales to tell!

Posted by: Lyn Calloway on 7/8/2011 at 5:14 am

Darryl - We’re praying to see you at the top tomorrow.  Have fun!  Love, Dad and Jane

Posted by: Jane Schimeck on 7/7/2011 at 4:58 pm

hoping and praying that the weather clear up and you guys can make it to the summet, can not wait to hear the good news when we wake up tomorrow. love you guys and please stay sefe and do not do anything silly. Food luck, we wish you all the best

Posted by: amanda haines on 7/7/2011 at 4:48 pm

Be Safe - we’re keeping our fingers crossed for a great break in the weather so you have a successful summit attempt!  Looks crazy, but I know you’re all enjoying it!  Miss you, Mike.  Michelle

Posted by: Michelle McClane on 7/7/2011 at 3:18 pm

A note to Darryl Schimeck…Looks like a great adventure….nice orange hat!! Its probably too late to tell you this but high altitudes causes thinning hair…one more trip and you’ll look like Telly Savalas! Looking forward to hearing about the adventure! Be safe. Best…Ray. P.S. Coal remains on track!

Posted by: Ray Bock on 7/7/2011 at 2:00 pm

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