Ecuador Seminar: Knoff & Team Prepare for Antisana Summit Bid

Posted by: Adam Knoff, Nick Hunt | January 15, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 14,900'

It’s hard to believe our trip is already half over! We have seen some incredible places and have had the opportunity to climb three peaks so far: one big mountain and a couple of smaller peaks. Along the way, the team has really come together and has definitely gotten in to the “groove” of expedition climbing. It’s great to see everyone working together to set up camps, take care of chores, and take care of each other.

Today was a technical skills training day. We slept in until 7 am, then loaded in to a couple of 4x4 vehicles and began an exciting off-road drive to the base of Antisana. An hour or so of hiking brought us to the toe of the glacier, where we donned our crampons and ice axes for the hike to our training area for the day. Today’s topics were crevasse rescue, rappelling, and fixed line travel. 

After a few quick demonstrations, everyone had time to practice the various skills at a number of different stations. As guides, our job was easy today! Everyone was helping each other master the techniques and all we had to do was stay out of the way and watch the magic happen! It was great to see folks working as a team and to see everyone so eager to learn and help out.

Back at base camp, it’s almost 7 pm now and everyone is tucked away in their tents. Half of our team is going to wake up in just a few hours for a summit bid; the other half has opted instead for another day of rest and technical skills practice, giving themselves the best odds on Cotopaxi in a few days.

That’s all for now! Wish our summit team well tonight as they head up for the first ever RMI attempt at Antisana!

RMI Guide Nick Hunt

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Best of luck, be safe and stay warm. Love Dad.

Posted by: Nick Boekenoogen on 1/16/2014 at 8:30 pm

Good luck everyone. Hope both teams see the top. Take care!

Posted by: Greg Hunt on 1/16/2014 at 6:29 pm

Hello Team!  I want to wish you and my dear friend Jennifer a continuing safe and fun trip.  Congratulations on this exciting accomplishment!  My love and best to all of you,  Katina
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Posted by: Katina Samaras on 1/16/2014 at 8:41 am

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