Cotopaxi Summit Success!!

On the summit of Cotopaxi!

Today our Ecuador Volcanoes team capped off the expedition with a fantastic summit climb of Ecuador’s second highest mountain, Cotopaxi (5897m/19,347ft)!  Lead guide Estalin Suárez calls in with the happy news:

Hello, this is Estalin calling in for the Madison Mountaineering Ecuador Volcanoes expedition.  I’m very, very happy with the news that today, July 31st, we got the summit of Cotopaxi volcano, which is 19,400 feet in elevation, with Mr. Kevin Gary!

Yesterday we started at midnight, and it took us about eight hours to reach the summit and then a little bit more than three hours down.  We had an amazing, amazing view of all the volcanoes around.  The weather was incredible – almost no wind, very clear, a little bit cold (but just that, it was okay).  The condition of the snow was perfect.  So, we had a great, great experience on the mountain.  Mr. Kevin is very happy that we were able to reach the summit of Cotopaxi!  With this, we finish our expedition.

Again, I’m very, very happy to announce the news of our summit success on Cotopaxi and we’re ready for the next expedition!

Okay, bye.

Alpine start on Cotopaxi

Alpine start on Cotopaxi

Dawn on Cotopaxi

Dawn on Cotopaxi

Beautiful climbing conditions on Cotopaxi

Beautiful climbing conditions on Cotopaxi

Climbing Cotopaxi on a bluebird day

Climbing Cotopaxi on a bluebird day

Heading up Cotopaxi

Heading up Cotopaxi

Amazing views from high on Cotopaxi

Amazing views from high on Cotopaxi

Nearing the Cotopaxi summit

Nearing the Cotopaxi summit

Climber Kevin G. celebrates reaching the summit of Cotopaxi

Climber Kevin G. celebrates reaching the summit of Cotopaxi

Happy climbers on the summit of Cotopaxi!

Happy climbers on the summit of Cotopaxi!

Cotopaxi summit with perfect conditions

Cotopaxi summit with perfect conditions

Cotopaxi from the air

Cotopaxi from the air


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