Nice report, Sarah! Fantastic pics too. I'm rather jealous of the entire internship/experience. See you around.
Thanks Ryan! Didn't you say you might be climbing some peaks down there this winter? Let's get out and climb something this fall/winter!
While I will never get down there to do what you did, I almost felt like I visiting with you! Great gems of advice and well written.
Hope to see more from your travels in the future.
---from armchair traveler, Kathy
What a great achievement and your pictures are beautiful. And welcome to Summit Post - I shall look out for your next contributions.
A friend of mine climbed Chimbo last Feb but summited at night - so didn't get a view - so he said he intends to go back again, but this time do something like you, take in several peaks including Cotopaxi before tackling Chimbo again - and hopefully summiting at dawn. I shall send him a link to your TR.
Best of luck with whatever you do next.
Thanks for this Sarah. Very well written and great photos. This reminded me of my climbs in Ecuador in 1999 and 2001. I must go back.
If you haven't climbed in the Cordillera Blanca in Peru, I highly recommend it for your next S. American climbs.
Your photos are amazing, I hope you enjoyed the mountains. Interesting how quickly things can change I summited Cotopaxi in late August but it looked very different. I'm determined to climb Chimborazo some day, how much harder do you think it is?
Thanks Ethan! For Chimborazo, you can expect it to be a longer climb than Cotopaxi (I think my roundtrip times were 7 hrs, 20min for Cotopaxi and 11hrs, 45mins for Chimborazo). Also, on Chimborazo you might have to deal with some steeper rock/ice terrain before you get on the actual glacier (the climb up through El Corridor below El Castillo), whereas on Cotopaxi it's just some loose skree up to the foot of the glacier. Chimborazo was also much more difficult because of the penitentes, but apparently conditions aren't always like this.
That was a great trip report and very nice pics. Makes me want to go there even more! Thanks for sharing.
Very well written, lots of flavor and detail perfectly;y transmitted to the reader. I am now officially fired up for a trip to ECUADOR ! Thanks for sharing your story.