Ecuador: Walter & Team Summit Chimborazo!

Posted by: | July 16, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 20,561'

We woke to a starry sky and calm winds last night, perfect conditions for our summit attempt on Chimborazo. We had altered our plans because the volcano Tungurahua, to the east of Chimborazo, was spitting out ash two mornings ago. So, instead of establishing a high camp in tents, we attempted our climb from the lower climbers’ hut. We had our work cut out for us, with about 5,000 vertical feet of climbing, and a circuitous route to avoid the current rock fall hazard on the normal route up Chimborazo. Fortunately the weather cooperated all day for us, and we had a very strong and experienced team, and we were able to summit Chimborazo! We had a very, very long day of hard climbing. We started climbing in the dark, and got back to the climbers’ hut a few hours after dark. We encountered steep and firm climbing conditions on Chimborazo, which made climbing and descending particularly slow as we had to concentrate on good cramponing and climbing techniques for hours on end. Our team proved up to the challenge, and we climbed safely the whole day. In the end, it was one heck of an adventure.

We’re headed back to Quito now, and we should be at our hotel just slightly after noon. We’ll have plenty of time to enjoy leisurely walking around the city (after a much anticipated hot shower!) before we have a celebratory dinner tonight. Then it’s back to the old US of A on our respective flights tonight and tomorrow.

RMI Guide Mike Walter

The RMI Ecuador Team posed in front of Chimborazo.  Photo: Mike Walter Chimborazo (20,561ft).  Photo: Mike Walter The RMI July 7th Team on the summit of Chimborazo.  Photo: Mike Walter

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WOW!! Nice job team! Way to go! Wishing the whole time that I was there with you!
Congrats to all of you!
Sounds like a heck of a climb!! Can’t wait to hear all about it!

Posted by: Anthony Tarantino on 7/16/2013 at 10:48 am

Hey Jeff, congrats on Chimbo! Sounds like you had another tough one, can never take the easy way, huh?!
Nicely done.
Your Argentinean tent mate.

Posted by: Greg Barber on 7/16/2013 at 7:54 am

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