January 15, 2010
Phil Ershler called in today from Ecuador – one of his favorite trips!
The team all showed up on time and with all of their gear, which is half the battle! Now the adventure can really begin. Today they’ll be doing some urban acclimatization. Quito sits at nearly 10,000ft so going for a walk there is a little different than most cities. Heck the stairs in the hotel can be quite the obstacle the first day!
Tomorrow they plan on checking out the Saturday market in Otavalo. This is one of the best markets in Ecuador. Folks from all over converge on this small town at a crossroads to take care of their everyday business.
They’ll return to Quito tomorrow afternoon for the final preparations. Breakfast on Sunday will be in the countryside at a beautiful and unique restaurant owned by some friends. The team will then do an acclimatization climb of Pasochoa. The night will be spent at a small hacienda called Tiera del Volcan. It’s at about 12,000 ft. making it a great place for the team to continue to acclimatize.
More to come…