Ecuador: Team checks in after Acclimatization Hike on Fuya Fuya

Posted by: Casey Grom | December 02, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador

Today we left the busy city and headed north to continue our acclimatization and experience some of Ecuador’s wonderful culture.

Our drive north took us to the small town of Tabacundo were we turned off the highway and drove up a cobbled stone road to the base of our next hike. Our hike for the day was the beautiful Cerro Fuya Fuya, which is large grass covered mountain with a small rocky summit that overlooks a small lake. Although Fuya Fuya is considered a small mountain here in Ecuador it is nearly as tall as Mt. Rainier, but not nearly as tough. Today’s climb took just over 3 hours to reach the summit and make it back to our vehicles and everyone did great. Thankfully we timed it perfectly, because no sooner had we arrived back to the cars then the rain started to fall.

We quickly left the trailhead and headed for our new home for the night at Hacienda Hosteria San Luis.  San Luis is nestled in between our first climbing objective, Cayambe and one of South Americas largest markets, Otavalo. Normally we would spend the day exploring the grounds of this working ranch, but the rain is still falling and now we are relaxing, listening to the frogs croak and enjoying the peacefulness and the warmth of the fireplace. Everyone seems to be enjoying themselves and I’m sure are looking forward to a nice meal and a good night sleep.

RMI Guide Casey Grom

A beautiful day for a hike of Ecuador's Fuya Fuya.  Photo: Casey Grom The RMI Team on the summit of Fuya Fuya.  Photo: Casey Grom

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Excellent travail, je suis très heureux pour vous et pour l’équipe!
Gatorade est impressionnant:)

Posted by: Timborazo on 12/5/2011 at 12:51 pm

So Spence, I spent the day raking leaves…  not sure it compares to yours.  First summit bid tomorrow?

Posted by: Scott Arnold on 12/4/2011 at 4:44 pm

Soulis - glad to see you made it in one piece. Remember everything I taught you from my years of hiking experience and you should be just fine.

Hope you’re having a great time - I’m looking forward to more updates.

Miss ya kid - be safe!


Posted by: Blair Katz on 12/4/2011 at 2:53 pm

Hey Spence Dawg!  Lookin’ good!  Enjoy the beautiful country and we’ll keep tabs on ya! 


Posted by: Kent & Nhorma on 12/3/2011 at 6:05 pm

We are following you, good luck to the whole team.

Maria Popek [ sister of Vlado Haluska]
Lumir Popek

Posted by: Maria Popek on 12/3/2011 at 5:12 pm

Papa, What a neat surprise to hear your voice tonight on a satellite phone.  You sounded great.  We are very proud of you and everyone on your team. Love, Michael and Gracie

Posted by: michael and gracie on 12/3/2011 at 4:17 pm

Good job people, keep up the good work Craig H. see ya when you get back.

Posted by: David on 12/2/2011 at 3:04 pm

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