Successful Summits On All December Expeditions
ECUADOR CLIMBING SCHOOL (photos and text: Logan Talbott)
Successful Cayambe Summit! “On Friday we left the Refugio at midnight and made our way up the mountain. We had almost every sort of weather- frigid temps, wind, snow, hot sun, white out and perfect clear skies. We topped out at 9:30am, and had 360 views in all directions. Perfect, amazing summit (18,996′ / 5790m). Nine minutes later we couldn’t see ten feet!” Pictured here are Tom, Eli, lead guide Logan, lead guide Topo and Matt.
Otavalo Market and Chocolate Factory: “Saturday morning we visited a coffee and chocolate factory in Cayambe, owned by a friend of Jaime’s. It was awesome and the team got to see the ins and outs of coffee roasting and chocolate making. After we bought some of the goods, we headed for the Saturday market in Otavalo. Wonderful smells, colors and sights greeted the team as we spent the afternoon walking among the vendors. The team is back at Pinsaqui now, and we have our last team dinner tonight before most of us head for the airport and home. Three climbers are staying for more climbing adventures this week!”
Climbing School Extension: Some team members from our Ecuador Climbing School also opted to do our one week extension. On Tuesday the extension team summited Antisana (18,714′ / 5704m). Now they are back in town resting before they climb Chimborazo (20,564′ / 6263m). Pictured here are Jenny and Eli. Good weather and a strong team!
VOLCANOES OF MEXICO CLIMBING SCHOOL (photo and text: Cliff Agocs)
Pico de Orizaba Ascent: “We just came down. Climbed in full on conditions this morning (Saturday). We climbed to the glacier and on up for a few minutes before deciding to descend in total whiteout. Both clients decided that they were unable to continue up, but they were totally psyched to experience climbing in a snow storm.” Pictured here are John and Ben. Both clients returned to the states on Sunday after a great week of climbing Iztaccihuatl (17,154′ /5229m) and Pico de Orizaba (18,491′ / 5636m) volcanoes.
Successful Summit: ¡Cumbre! just this morning (Wednesday) the team had a successful summit of Aconcagua (22,841′ / 6962m) and they are headed back to Base Camp this morning, and then soon back to Mendoza. Stay tuned for more updates and photos!
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