January 19, 2020
Jay called me last evening after the team’s attempt on Cotopaxi. No summit. Weather wasn’t good when they woke up, so they delayed departure for a bit. Still wasn’t great, but they finally decided to take a shot. 17,500’, more or less, and they were just too wet with no real hope in sight. Discretion being the better part of valor, they made a u-turn and came down. Some members will head home now while others will stay and attempt Chimborazo.
I’m hoping the weather allows another solid attempt and that the climbers can stay strong for one more summit. Let’s see, and we’ll wish them luck.