Our team is safely back in Quito, reacquainting ourselves to city life. We had a great trip here in Ecuador; we enjoyed the country and culture, the delicious cuisine, and the friendly Andean people. We also enjoyed a safe and successful climb of Cotopaxi.
Our trip is coming to a close now. We will get together this evening for a celebration dinner before we part ways and travel in different directions. It has been a pleasure to spend time in the mountains with this group of climbers.
RMI Guide Mike Walter
Friday, July 4, 2014 – 10:32 AM PT
We took advantage of great weather and climbing conditions yesterday to summit Cotopaxi (19,348’)! We started climbing a little before 5 am, summitted around 1 pm, and were back at camp by 5 pm. Twelve hours of ascending and descending the glaciate slopes of Ecuador’s most famous volcano, Cotopaxi. Although we were greeted by gusty winds as we approached the glacier, the sky was clear and the temperature was comfortable. By the time we strapped our crampons on, the wind had died down and the weather and climbing conditions could not have been better. The snow was perfect for cramponing, winds were about 10 mph all the way up to the summit, and the views of the surrounding peaks were stunning.
After a long day of climbing we settled back into the climbers’ hut and enjoyed a warm meal before crawling into our sleeping bags for a full night’s sleep. This morning, after a leisurely breakfast, we visited a small pre-Incan archaeological site within Cotopaxi National Park before heading south to the Hacienda La Cienega. Now we’re all set to enjoy showers, some more food, and comfortable beds.
Nice work team, on safely climbing up and down a very impressive mountain. We’ll rest here at La Cienega tonight and then head back into the capital, Quito, tomorrow.
Wonderful job. So glad you made it to the summit - sounds like a wonderful trip. See you in Quito.
Posted by: Gayle on 7/4/2014 at 12:47 pm
Congratulations to the team!
On The Map
We had a very nice and relaxing stay at the Hacienda Chilcabamba, enjoying excellent food, great views of Cotopaxi, magnificent star gazing, and warmth from wood stoves.
Well fed and rested, now we’re headed to the climbers’ hut on Cotopaxi where we’ll review climbing techniques and prepare for our summit bid. Hopefully the weather cooperates; so far it hasn’t disappointed.
We’ll check in again tomorrow to keep everyone up to date.
On The Map
Love following your travels to Cotopaxi. I need more pics!!!
Posted by: Mary on 7/3/2014 at 6:50 am
We had another great day today, hiking up to the climbers’ hut on the Ilinizas at an altitude of 15,500’. The weather, once again, was very cooperative and we had great views of Cotopaxi and the Ilinizas. Afternoon clouds produced some showers, but not until we were already back at our van and driving down from the trail head. Now we’re headed to the beautiful Hacienda Chilcabamba to rest for the night. We’ll be in touch again tomorrow.
RMI Guide Mike Walter & Team
Our team had a great day today, tackling our first acclimatization climb in good style. We climbed to the summit of Rucu Pichincha, a 15,400’ volcano outside of Quito. The views were grand as we ascended in the rare air of high altitude.
Everyone did great (we were all breathing hard up there!), and we look forward to moving out of the comfort of the city life tomorrow, heading south, and getting another acclimatization hike under our belts.
We’ll touch base again tomorrow. Thanks for checking in!
RMI Guide Mike Walter
On The Map
Looks like a wonderful day! Have a great climb tomorrow and stay safe.
Posted by: Gayle on 6/30/2014 at 8:10 pm
Our Cotopaxi Express team enjoyed a tour of colonial Quito today, visiting various churches, museums, parks, and plazas, and learning about the history of Quito and of Ecuador. We then traveled to the equator, just north of Quito. There we visited an ethnographic museum, and straddled the equator with a foot in each hemisphere!
It was a good, relaxing day in Ecuador as everyone is adjusting to the new altitude (9,000’) and recovering from a long day of travel yesterday. Tomorrow we’ll head out on our first acclimatization hike, climbing Rucu Pichincha, a volcano outside of Quito.