Hello, this is Terray calling in for the Madison Mountaineering Ecuador Volcanoes expedition on January 30th. Over the last two days we had a great climb on Cotopaxi, the second highest volcano in Ecuador. It’s 19,347 ft. (5897m).
Yesterday we went up to the Jose Rivas refuge at 16,000 ft. In the evening, before going to bed, the clouds opened up and we had great views of alpenglow on Antisana and Cayambe. We started climbing at about midnight and we had just great weather. We climbed under a full moon with perfectly starry skies and then got to the summit with beautiful blue skies and headed back down. The whole climb took a little less than nine hours, which was just a great time.
Now we have made our way to the little town of Chugchilan where we checked into our hacienda. Tomorrow we are looking forward to exploring the crater lake Quilotoa and heading on the the hot springs town of Baños. We’ll be in touch!
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