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Ecuador Volcanoes: Knoff & Team Summit Cotopaxi, Return to Quito

Well up until yesterday morning the debate was still on:  Cotopaxi or the Beach?  Despite the obvious draw of bagging climbing for surfing, we decided that the steep moody glaciated peak out our dining room window was a worthy endeavor, so we packed up and headed for the Refugio José Ribas.  It was a brief restfull afternoon and dinner (of course with Sopa and Ahi, our two favorite parts of every meal here) before we were off to bed, feeling oddly comfortable at 16,000 feet by now.  We awoke around 1 am to find our legendary streak of good weather had not been broken.  Launching in calm winds under the stars with only clouds to our north, we climbed the first thousand feet on red volcanic rock before donning spikes and venturing into the glacier with a few inches of consolidated fresh snow to provide traction.  The entire crew felt strong, even stronger than on Cayambe after so much time at altitude, and before we knew it we were all on top of Cotopaxi with a clear view and a steaming crater.  The route and views were all time, perfect to wrap up our time in a great country.  By the time we arrived back at the hut there was another first for the crew of firsts: a hut to summit to hut record was in the bag, not far over 6 hours I believe.

We are now in Quito celebrating our 400% success this trip (100% success on 4 peaks), and will soon depart for home.  What a great group we have had!  Fun, positive, strong, interesting, and encouraging are all words that come to mind.  We’ll call this trip a great one in the books and hope to climb with all these cats again!

Thanks also to our amazing local guides, Jaime, David, Nacho, and Christian.  Also a big thanks to our driver - the Ecuadorian GPS - Victor.

RMI Guides Chris Ebeling and Adam Knoff


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Congratulations to the entire team and to you! What an amazing experience with amazing people! Thank you so much for leading them to the top of these massive peaks with such style and expertise!
There are truly no better people to climb with in the guides of RMI!

Posted by: Susan Matthews on

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