Ecuador Volcanoes: Knoff & Team Train on Cotopaxi
Hello friends, family and all other followers! The team is currently at Refugio Ruales Oleas Bergé, situated at 15,100’ on the SW flank of Volcán Cayambe. We arrived yesterday afternoon in good spirits after pushing through a few downpours on the 4x4 truck ride to the hut. A late dinner was accompanied by tales of past climbs and some impromptu mountain trivia. Other teams in the hut were prepping for a summit bid, we headed to bed early and wished them good luck.
This morning we woke up to some fresh snow and in and out of a cloud. No big deal, our primary goal was to get to the toe of the glacier and do some skills training. Our review of climbing skills was a success, the guides looked at each other in astonishment as literally every team member performed a textbook team arrest position on the first try!
Weather-wise it has been a pretty good day, giving us high hopes for tonight’s climb. The team is fit and seems to be acclimating well, tonight will be the true test!
RMI Guides Adam Knoff and Dustin Wittmier
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