hey guys: i was also thinking of taking a climbing class or school while i was in ecuador before i make any attempts on some acclimation peaks and before i make my attempt on cotopaxi...are the climbing classes or schools any good in ecuador? i figured it would be cheaper than in the U.S. and more practical to learn if i'm already in the area but, wanted to know if these operators are legit, safe, worth the money, and knowlegeable enough to teach beginners beyond ice axe use & walking in crampons?
Safari's Andes Climbing School: http://safari.com.ec/climbing/climbing_school.htm
Gulliver's climbing and glacier course: http://www.gulliver.com.ec/content/blogcategory/18/30/lang,en/
most of these climbing guides or outfitters claim that they are french certified etc, but, wanted to hear from those that actually have taken these courses and what were your experiences with them? any help or info. would be much appreciated and feel free and post up here or send me a PM...thank you.