The Cayambe hut (~15,250 ft) where we would spend the next two nights
Looking up at the Hermosa Glacier. As we would find on all of the mountains, the clouds like to spoil the views.
For a brief moment, the clouds departed to show the upper portion of the mountain. The summit is behind this upper part.
Looking at the lower part of the glacier from the hut. Like many mountain glaciers, this one is receding at a pretty rapid pace. The lower part of the glacier is primarily ice, with little snow covering it. The heavier snow accumulations are kept higher up.
The hut seen from the rocks above
Looking south from the glacier down the valley
The stream in the middle is glacial runoff. Only about five years ago, the glacier itself filled this valley, or at least part of it.
The day after arriving we went out to the glacier for some skills training
(l to r) Andy, Jim, Diana, Joey, and Eva
Here I am testing out my walking skills
Andy leading the way as we practiced uphill walking techniques
That's me heading up
Here I am practicing ascending a steep ice pitch using my ice axe and crampon front points
Coming down on a rappel
I'm relaxing with Hernan (left). Hernan is a local Ecuadorian guide that we used to supplement Joey on our climbs since there are five of us.
Do I look relaxed?
Eva heading up an ice rib
Coming down with Diana. I was a little nervous descending the steeper solid ice areas.
The crampons really give you a solid grip on the ice
The following night we started the ascent leaving at 1 a.m. I was on Hernan's rope team with Andy and Diana. Here I am with Hernan after reaching the summit after the 7 1/2 hour climb.
The top.... time to pull out the summit champagne (Mt. Dew)! As you can see, the visibility was nill.
Andy with Hernan
After about a 3 hour descent, we came off the glacier. We still had about an hour to go to the hut.
(l to r) Eva, Diana, Andy
Jim and Joey (r)
Looking back at the glacier we had just come down
Resting at the hut after the long climb
The following pictures come from various sites on the web