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Ecuador’s Volcanoes

Ecuador Seminar: Go With the Flow

Yesterday we drove five hours south of Quito to Ecuador‘s highest mountain, Chimborazo.  News from other local guides provided mixed information.  We heard there was a bit of new snow on the route which contrary to popular belief actually makes the route safer.  What we found was nothing of the sort. For many years the north side of Chimborazo has been melting making rockfall an increasing concern.  Having a bad gut feeling I could not ignore, I spoke with the other guides and we decided climbing up with ten other climbers ahead of us was too risky on a route with substantial rock fall hazard.  During the night two team members began having diarrhea and a guide threw up. I took this as a sign and began to reevaluate the situation.  Over breakfast the guides laid out an alternative mountain that we felt would have a much better chance of success given the teams health and über challenging route on Chimborazo.  A discussion was held and a difficult but good decision was made to abandon Chimborazo and go to Illiniza Sur.  This will be a more technically challenging but safer and shorter climb.  We are all a bit bummed to not be giving our main objective a shot but also psyched we are all still together.  We leave the hostel tonight at eleven and will send word of the climb tomorrow.  Stay tuned.   

RMI Guide Adam Knoff


Comments (3)

We are all watching your precarious adventures biting our nails from the coffee shop in Los Angeles. Worried sick that Clark will get a blister or lose his beauty sleep (he can’t afford to!). He said he was tired of walking the dog everyday but don’t you think this is a bit extreme, Clark?
Wishing you all safe passage home!
XO, from all of us here at sea level

Posted by: Ted Craig CJ on

Sorry to hear about the hardships but I had to go back to work today and that’s no fun either…haha I hope everyone feels better and you can all end the trip on a high note.

Posted by: Albert on

Best of luck tonight. I really hate that any of you are sick. Hope I was not contagious! Ginger

Posted by: Ginger on

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