Wednesday, January 12, 2011

And so it begins, Pasochoa

Our first climbing trip with ET was an attempt on Pasochoa. This is a small mountain located outside of Quito that gave Tim and Stephan a chance to acclimatize. We got an early ride out of the city, eventually bringing us to this cobbled but deteriorated road. After a bone-jarring trip, we passed through the gates of a hacienda before beginning our trek. It was very straightforward, just a bit muddy. We got a little rain on the ascent, too. We summited without difficulty, climbing both the real and false summit. The real summit was fun, entailing a little scramble. Also, there was a giant crack at the top: instead of climbing down and going around it like the rest of the team, I jumped it! As you can see from the photo, I didn't quite make it all the way across...

We returned to Quito for a tasty burger at Tio Billy's before an early bedtime, as we readied for Rucu.

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