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Ecuador Seminar: Knoff & Team Prepare for Cayambe Summit Bid

Today the group woke up having spent the night at 15,300ft.  Now I don't usually let team members drink while we are on the mountain, and last night was no exception, but that did not keep the team from waking up with a solid hangover.  In the game of high altitude mountaineering, no one ever looks forward to the first night at a new height.  Headaches, upset stomach and simply feeling like bad is very common the first morning after moving up.  So in short, a hangover.   This unpleasant start to the day was quickly cured with caffeine, breakfast and preparing for our walk to the glacier.  By 8am the group had sprung to life and we made our way from the Cayambe hut to the toe of the glacier at 16,000 feet.  Another new altitude record for all but one climber.  Once on the glacier Nick, Cosme (our local guide), and myself reviewed the core skills to safely get us up and down this giant volcano.  For the first two hours we enjoyed sunny skies with swirling clouds but by noon the clouds had swallowed up the good views and the temperature dropped.   Back at the hut we took a shot nap, worked on some more training skills and ate dinner by 5:00.  It is 6:30 now and we are all tucked in trying to get some sleep before our 11pm wake up call.  We will call tomorrow with details about the climb.  Wish us luck. RMI Guide Adam Knoff

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