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Ecuador Volcanoes: Wittmier & Team Summit Cotopaxi!

Today the weather redeemed itself with perfect conditions on Cotopaxi.  100% of the team reached the summit in calm conditions just after sunrise.  It could not have been a nicer day.  We now can all go home having summited a big mountain and with a story to tell from Cayambe.

A huge shoutout to this team for embracing the team aspect of climbing.  All members supported another member at some point during both of the climbs.  It was impressive to see the group show genuine care towards people who were strangers just days earlier.  On numerous occasions we spent two hours or more at a meal sharing stories, laughing and learning about each other.

Also a shoutout to our Ecuadorian guides who continue to show their professionalism in the mountains, this expedition would not be possible without their local knowledge and high level of skill.

Finally, thanks to friends and family who have been following along with this trip.  It’s encouraging to know you’re out there supporting us and we always enjoy getting a comment from Farmer Dave!

RMI Guide Dustin Wittmier

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Congrats to You Dustin and all the Team!!! I love the pictures from a sunny summit!! Now I know what it looks like without snow and ice fog!! :) I agree it is so cool how complete strangers become best of friends in a day or so when in the mountains!!!
Farmer Dave

Posted by: Dave Kestel on 12/11/2021 at 3:13 am

I am a gringo who lives in Ecuador… I am looking just for a guide for Chimborazo the weekend of Jan 22-23… Any recommendations on a good local?

Posted by: Spencer Chiaro on 12/10/2021 at 1:32 pm


Ecuador Volcanoes: Team Turned on Cayambe Due to Lightning

Yesterday we made a valiant effort on Cayambe. The team stuck together and supported each other along the way.  We sat down for a break at 18200' anticipating one more hour to the summit.  However, Mother Nature had a different plan, and we were privy to a surprise lightning show that was a touch too close for comfort. After packing up at the hut we made the trek south to Chilcabamba Eco Lodge where we are letting the bodies rest and reset.  The team went for a neighborhood walk this morning and were delighted to have the neighborhood dogs join, although it seems the dogs had the ulterior motive of getting into mischief. Currently we are taking in stunning views of Cotopaxi and setting our sights towards our next high altitude adventure.

RMI Guide Dustin Wittmier and Team

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Sending Perfect weather thoughts for Cotopaxi!!!

Posted by: Dave Kestel on 12/8/2021 at 7:28 am


Ecuador Volcanoes: Wittmier & Team Refresh Skills on Cayambe

We are settled back into the climber’s hut at Cayambe after a morning of reviewing climbing skills.  Some competitive rounds of Yahtzee will now be followed with afternoon charcuterie and tea.  The team is in good spirits and looking forward to our first alpine start tonight!

RMI Guide Dustin Wittmier & Team

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Climb Strong Dustin!!

Posted by: Dave Kestel on 12/6/2021 at 4:25 am


Ecuador Volcanoes: Wittmier & Team Acclimatize on Rucu Pichincha

Today we got second chair on the gondola and enjoyed a quiet morning on Rucu Pichincha.  For many this was the second highest altitude they had reached and a good hike to really get the acclimatization going.  Contrary to my previous trips and further proving the unreliability of weather forecasting in the tropics, we did not get rained on and it really did not threaten to rain on us at any point today.  Following the hike we enjoyed a team dinner at a favorite local Lebanese restaurant and tomorrow we are headed north towards Cayambe.

RMI Guide Dustin Wittmier

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All the Best to you and your team Dustin!!!
Farmer Dave

Posted by: Dave Kestel on 12/3/2021 at 3:15 am


Ecuador Volcanoes: Wittmier and Team Tour the City

Following some last minute changes to COVID protocol in Ecuador and the saga of one lost duffel, all climbers have now arrived safely in Quito and the lost bag was found and delivered to the hotel.  As the first step in the acclimatization process we toured museums, churches and historic sites for much of the day.  It is currently a national holiday in Ecuador so the streets were lively with tourists and vendors.  Spirits are high as we prepare to hike Rucu Pichincha tomorrow!

RMI Guide Dustin Wittmier & Team

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