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Cotopaxi Express: Acclimatization Hike in the Illinizas

Hello everybody back home, this is Casey Grom checking in from the Cotopaxi Express Ascent.  Today we left the busy city of Quito and traded in for a little rustic countryside visit. We did a short acclimatization hike on the Illinizas where we reached just over 15,500’. Everybody did fantastic and we even got to use our gore-tex jackets with fresh snow falling on us today.  We have since descended and have retreated to the Hacienda Chilcabamba where we have just finished a delicious meal and great conversation. Everyone seems to be doing really well and everyone’s relaxing right now inside.  We are looking forward to some clear skies tomorrow and a nice view of Cotopaxi.

That’s all for now and we will check in again tomorrow.

RMI Guide Casey Grom


RMI Guide Casey Grom checks in from Ecuador.


Comments (14)

Great job guys! I wish I were there to celebrate with you. It was great to meet all the guys on the climb & Casey & Adam.

Posted by: Rejan on

GO BILLY!!!  So proud of you!  We will be praying for you and your team that you all may have a SAFE expedition!!!

Posted by: The Terry's on

Amaazing climb! Billy, so proud of you & happy for you to complete this goal. Continue to be safe. Conrats to the entire team!
Diana & Howard

Posted by: Diana Weaver on

I have just watched the team climb and reach the Summit. I am so impressed with the work and drive that took and proud of you, Billy. I know you will all continue to be safe on the way down and will never forget that experience. I know I won’t and I have just been watching from my family room. Congrats to all of you!

Posted by: Sue Campbell on

Friday… is the big day!!!!!! Everyone will reach the summit of Cotopaxi’ mountain !!! Good luck to everyone!!!! I am cheering for you my Charlie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: simona fioravanti on

Good luck Chuck and to all your new friends. Hope you recover enough to see the Redskins put a whoop ass on your Giants Sunday!

Posted by: Bob Engel on

Loving the blogs…..We’ll be watching the trackers tonight!  Good luck James and Billy and all the Mike’s and Bill’s:)  Love to all!

Posted by: Kristi on

Love the blogs…the updates have been great!  Thinking about everyone and can’t wait to hear about the adventures.  Good luck Scottie, Michael, and Bill!  Love you!

Posted by: Emily Hill on

Thanks for the updates, Casey! Please tell Bill, Scottie and Michael to do their very best! We love those guys. And everyone:  be safe and have fun!

Posted by: Susan Hill on

Travel safe. Post some pictures and have a good time.

Posted by: Jack on

It is really nice to receive your blogs. Seems as if all is going very well. Good luck to the team! I am cheering for you Billy, I know you are fulfilling a dream and we are behind you. Love you, Mom

Posted by: Sue Campbell on

Very cool Casey. Madeline, Owen, and I are planning this trip fro next summer, we can’t wait. Stay safe.

Posted by: Dennis Friske on

Thanks so much for the update ! I am so proud of the Team and Charlie!!

Posted by: simona fioravanti on

We love the blog updates, Casey! Keep them coming! Stay safe Cotopaxi Team - we love you Michael, Scottie and Dad and we’re so proud of you all!!!

Posted by: Courtney Froelich on

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