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Ecuador Seminar: Team Visits Otavalo Market and Reaches Cayambe

January 7, 2017 Hello friends and family! This is Nick Hunt, reporting in from the high-altitude huts on Cayambe. I'm the co-leader of this trip, along with Adam Knoff, and I'm excited to be leading another trip down here in Ecuador with another great team! We spent last night in the city of Otavalo, at a beautiful hacienda named La Casa Sol. This trip has been feeling a little more like a leisurely vacation so far, rather than a climbing expedition, and La Casa Sol didn't disappoint. Hot coffee and fresh eggs in the morning, beautiful rooms and a breathtaking view of the mountainous region around us. As nice as it was, though, the team has been getting antsy and everyone was more than ready for our move to the mountains today. After a relaxing morning at the hacienda, we packed our bags and made one last stop in town: the Otavalo street market. This market is the largest of its kind in Ecuador and stretches on for miles with all sorts of crafts, textiles, spices, and souvenirs. It can be a bit of sensory overload at first, but we spent a few hours shopping for friends and families at home, then waved goodbye to the city and headed for the hills. The road to Cayambe is a legit 4x4 road and after driving a few hours, the bus could go no further. We exited the bus, loaded our backpacks and finished the approach on foot. A little more than an hour of walking lead us up in to the clouds and to our home for the next few days at 15,000 feet above sea level. The clouds parted just enough for us to sneak a quick peak of our first serious objective before dinner. Our plans for tonight are simple. We are going to spend the rest of the evening taking care of ourselves, getting a good meal in us, and preparing our packs for a full day of training on the glaciers tomorrow. The level of excitement is growing as our first objective looms overhead. We'll check in tomorrow afternoon as we prep for our first big summit attempt of the trip. Stay tuned for updates! Until tomorrow, RMI Guides Nick Hunt and Adam Knoff, and the rest of the ESS-Ecuador team

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Jimmy,  How’s the air?  Clean and thin I’ll bet!  We know just how you feel, had about an inch of snow yesterday and temp dropped to mid 20’s.  It shut everything down but back to normal now high 30’s lots of rain.  How’s the knee holding up?  Praying for safety and great climbs for you and your team.  I guess you don’t use the term “break a leg” for mountain climbing so I’ll just say “ganbatte”!  ( In Japanese it means, “do your best”) Love Craig and Jane

Posted by: Craig Lucas on

Hey Jimmy…..looks like an amazing adventure…continued prayer for safety and good weather…savor every moment…

Posted by: Terry on

It looks like you are very prepared for your climbs, and that you are enjoying yourselves. Will pray for sun for you all. Missing you jimmy

Posted by: Darlene on

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