Cotopaxi Express: Nugent & Team Update

Posted by: Billy Nugent | July 06, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador

The team made great time descending in near perfect snow conditions and watched the weather close in after summiting in what had been the most pleasant weather I have seen on the mountain. We lost one teammate before our summit attempt due to illness but everybody else’s summit success is indebted to his superhuman cloud-bending abilities.  After bailing out of the Refugio we hustled down to the van where Victor was waiting to whisk us away to Hosteria La Cienega. Cienega was apparently built sometime in the 1700’s but for us it simply means a warm bed in a beautiful historic hotel with delicious meals. As far as mountaineering goes the Jose Ribas Hut is luxury but now that we are off the hill the team is really enjoying true luxury. After a fat meal, most of the gang has hit the hay trying to recuperate for a BIG celebratory dinner with the entire team tomorrow night in Quito.

Buenos nachos,

RMI Guide Billy Nugent

Jose Ribas Refugio

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Congrats to my twin and one of my fave nephews - from 88 degree Vermont!  Bet it feels good with the snow, after the 100s of Colorado.  Safe Travels!  (Cathy Chamberlin Foutz)

Posted by: Cate Foutz on 7/6/2012 at 5:19 pm

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