Ecuador Volcanoes: Grom & Team Summit Cayambe!

Posted by: Casey Grom, Solveig Waterfall | December 16, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 18,997'

We did it, most of us anyway, but I have to wonder if those that turned around short of the summit didn’t make a better decision. I say that because it was one of the toughest days I’ve had on Cayambe in a long time. It was cold, windy, and snowy almost the entire day. The conditions were safe to climb in, but it was far from enjoyable. Six of our nine climbers made the summit and the three that chose to head down early did so because I believe they simply weren’t enjoying it.
We started our day rather early with breakfast at 11pm and were walking shortly after midnight. The first hour of the climb went rather smoothly as we made our way to the start of the glacier. We took a short break to adjust layers, put our crampons on and rope up for the ascent. It seemed like as soon as we started walking the wind picked up and the snow began to blow. Unfortunately for us the blowing snow was coming straight down the glacier and directly into our faces. As we painfully made our way uphill, we had to stop and put on our Gore-tex to protect us from the conditions. We slowly battled our way for the next few hours taking short breaks and finally after seven trying hours stood on the summit. It was so windy on top we only stayed for just a few minutes before quickly descending back down the glacier.
Once safely back at camp the team made quick work of getting packed up and we headed down valley to thicker air and a wonderful cafe where we filled bellies before heading south to our home at Chilcabamba for the next few days. I’m sure everyone will sleep soundly tonight and we are looking forward to taking a rest day tomorrow.
Everyone is in good spirits!
RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

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yay daddy!

Posted by: Marianne Mycroft on 12/16/2013 at 1:56 pm

Way to go Dad!!

Posted by: Gabe Mycroft on 12/16/2013 at 1:55 pm

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