November 28, 2011
Greg, Romulo and crew are back in Quito. He took a minute to email a couple of photos and a brief dispatch (below). Final celebratory dinner this evening and then most members fly home in the morning. A couple of members are staying to attempt Chimborazo with Greg and Romulo. This is a tougher climb and everything will have to be perfect to have a safe shot. We’ll let you know. – Phil Ershler
“Another great day on the summit. It was clear that not many teams had been through the bergschrund for a while. A steep bergschrund is an understatement but we had great snow conditions. With a strong team, we made it to the top of Cayambe and had the views as a reward. About five minutes before standing on top, we heard a sound. This sound was very familiar to Romulo and he looked back and smiled. I smiled back as we saw the ultralight of a long-time friend of Phil and Romulo. Jorge Anhalzer came cruising by, working the air and getting up to our elevation. It could not have been timed any better on this perfect day.
We celebrated our second successful climb in Ecuador and the weather held again. Perfect climbing with Antisana and Cotopaxi in the background. What a great day! Back in Quito now to say until next time to some of our team and for the rest, we are gearing up for our trip out to Chimborazo tomorrow morning.”