Ecuador: Team Makes Second Acclimatization Hike

Posted by: Casey Grom, Eric Frank | December 14, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 13,976'

Things are winding down for the night here at the beautiful Hacienda San Luis -
The team had a big day. By 8am we had eaten breakfast and loaded our duffels into the bus transporting us for the day. A two hour bus ride brought us north of Quito to our second acclimatization climb on Cerro Negro, 13,976 feet. Despite being lower then our previous days climb, the team found the terrain quite challenging. The trail led us up some slippery, nearly vertical sections of grass and short bits of rock climbing before the summit cone. On top we were treated with clear skies and stunning views of a nearby lake. We all felt that we had put in a hard days work by the time we returned to the bus 3.5 hours later.

After stopping for some roadside refreshments, we arrived at Hacienda San Luis, a working Ecuadorian ranch that also boasts modern amenities. We spent the afternoon relaxing, getting gear in order and catching up with the outside world.

We hope all is well and appreciate everyone who is following along on our adventure.

RMI Guide Eric Frank and the Ecuador Team.

The Team taking an acclimatization hike on Cerro Negro.  Photo: Eric Frank Enjoying the views on the summit of Cerro Negro.  Photo: Eric Frank

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