Ecuador School Pushes Through Hard Conditions to Summit Cotopaxi
Sebastian writes in with an update from our Ecuador Mountaineering School. The team has battled some difficult conditions on both Cayambe and Cotopaxi, but they are now resting in the beautiful 400-year-old hacienda, La Cienega, drying out gear and restoring energy after a successful summit of Cotopaxi. The team gained some useful skills during the Glacier Mountaineering School to prepare them for these tough objectives and give them the confidence to push through windy and cold conditions toward the summit.
This morning, Sebastian led the first group, Norman and Bryce, up Cotopaxi and reaching the 19,342 foot summit at 5:45 a.m. Robert and Eduardo, led by Marco, followed close behind and summited at 6:25 a.m. Barbara and Fletcher were able to push through the strong cold winds to 19,014 feet before they turned around to descend in white-out conditions. Congratulations to everyone for their incredible efforts and good luck as they prepare for their last objective on Sunday, 20,752 foot Chimborazo!
(photo from previous expedition)
Beautiful glacier on Cotopaxi. Terry Tracy photo