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Ecuador Seminar: Knoff & Team Reach Chimborazo Hut

This morning was the best we have had in almost a week. No one set an alarm, our ride to the next mountain didn't arrive at the hacienda until ten and there was no set schedule for breakfast which always feels stress free. Rumor has it that the beautiful, old Spanish style hacienda is haunted with the ghost of an old woman who's lover died there over 150 years ago but she must have thought our group smelled too bad leaving us alone. So by the time we left this morning, we felt rested, clean and ready to head off to the highest mountain in Ecuador. Rising to 20,700+ feet above sea level, this mountain is renowned as both the furthest point from the center of the earth as well as the closest point to the sun. This may be coincidence but it is also considered the hardest peak to climb as well. Our strategy is to break the climb up putting in a High Camp at 17,500 feet which we will be climbing to tomorrow. This makes our summit day much shorter than those climbing from below. Here on Chimborazo there are two Refugios where climbers can stay. We are at the newly refurbished one sitting close to 15,000 feet. I have been here three times in the past and have never seen snow this low but today our bus barely made it here because of two inches of slush and fifty aimless teenagers trying to hitch hike up because their tour bus got stuck a mile down the the road. Staying here should help us acclimate and prepare even more for our big climb to come. The sour taste of turning around so close to the summit of Antisana has us eager for another shot at a major peak. We are looking forward to another long night's rest which should feel better than our first night at this altitude on Cayambe. We will report form high camp tomorrow. Chow Chow for now from Chimborazo. RMI Guide Adam Knoff

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11/14 9:50pm EST, thinking about Jimmy and the other team members. Best wishes

Posted by: Tom Garner on

Kudos to Jim Nixon and the team.  Stay safe.

Posted by: Mary Jane stiled on

Praying for safe travel to the peak!  I hope everyone is hydrated and am glad everyone feels rested and eager!  Enjoy the views and the journey!  Sending my love jimmy and eager to have you back home safely. missing you.

Posted by: Darlene on

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