Ecuador’s Volcanoes: Cayambe Summit!

Posted by: Casey Grom | December 05, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 18,997'

RMI Guides Casey Grom & Jason Thompson checked in this morning with the news that their team reached the summit of Cayambe (18,997’) at 7:10 a.m. local time today.  The team left the hut on Cayambe (15,330’) just after midnight with a low cloud layer above keeping them warm to about 17,000’.  The team climbed well with some steep and challenging conditions on the final approach to the summit.  They reported mostly cloudy skies and knee to ankle deep snow in places.  Unfortunately, the cloud cover obscured their views from the summit but they did take some time to celebrate their accomplishment before starting the descent.  Everyone is back to the Cayambe hut.  They are planning to pack up, load the vehicles and make their way down the mountain.  They will stop for lunch and then continue to Chilcabamba Eco Lodge where they will stay and rest the next two nights.

Congratulations to the team!

RMI Team on the summit of Cayambe, December 5th.  Photo: Casey Grom Enjoying a well deserved lunch after the climb of Cayambe.  Photo: Casey Grom

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What a great achievement! Congrats to my brother Charlie and the whole team!! IT is awesome to see photos and get these updates.

Posted by: Annmarie Eldering on 12/7/2011 at 7:52 am

Papa - Everyone looks great.  Hope your climbs are all they would be.  Keep up the great work!  We miss you.  Michael and Gracie

Posted by: michael and gracie on 12/6/2011 at 6:25 pm

Outstanding Spence Dawg! Onward and upward…

Posted by: Kent Eischen on 12/6/2011 at 4:11 pm

Awesome!!  ... Great pics, but Spencer, why is everyone wearing a warm hat except for you??  Stay warm!!

Ti amo xoxo

Posted by: Karen Geiger on 12/6/2011 at 10:52 am

way to go Craig H. see you at home.
God speed and safe summits!

Posted by: wallace on 12/6/2011 at 9:41 am

Way to go, everyone! Good luck on the next one.

Posted by: Steven on 12/6/2011 at 7:39 am

Well done team!  Congrats to all.  So Spence, might you save some energy for a Rainier trip in August?  You have me hungry following along here at home.

Posted by: Scott Arnold on 12/5/2011 at 7:06 pm

@Sterling.  Congratulations from all of us!!  Sue

Posted by: Sue Foreman on 12/5/2011 at 12:53 pm

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