Ecuador Volcanoes: Walter & Team Summit Cotopaxi!

Posted by: Mike Walter | June 27, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 19,348'

Our team is back in Quito, safe and sound after a successful and challenging Cotopaxi summit today. The weather looked perfect when we woke before midnight but that didn’t last long, as a storm began to brew as we were climbing. Most of the climb, we were in the clouds with light precipitation and moderate winds. It never got bad enough to turn around; instead, it just made our climbing harder. We didn’t need any help making the route harder, as we encountered ladders spanning crevasses, steep slopes, and open crevasses, in addition to the extreme altitude that is always present on Cotopaxi.

All in all, we had a fun and safe climb. We were climbing for more than 12 hours, so we’re all bushed. Hopefully showers and a quick nap will rejuvenate everyone so that we can enjoy our celebration dinner tonight in Quito. It’s been great spending the past 10 days in Ecuador with our team. We enjoyed a ton of different activities, both cultural and adventurous. Thanks team, for being an integral part of a great trip.

Hasta la próxima montaña,

...stay tuned for the Cotopaxi Express trip’s blog, starting this weekend!

RMI Guide Mike Walter

An RMI Team on Cotopaxi. Photo: RMI Collection

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Looks intense! Awesome job guys!

Posted by: Kim on 6/28/2013 at 7:13 am

Congrats!! Look at that snow!

Posted by: Jan on 6/27/2013 at 5:05 pm

Way to go guys!!!

Posted by: Andy on 6/27/2013 at 3:59 pm

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