Well I have stared at this pyramid shaped volcano enuf over the years....it was finally time to climb it. Details at the bottom.
Hopped on the bus to Otovala after school on Friday and got a truck up the Lago Quicocha...hadn't been there for 16 years, since Maria and I did the 14km trek around the lake. Got there at 5:45...just in time for the 1st photo above....of Cotacachi. Got a ride up to the antennas at about 4000m, from about 3100 at the lake. Started at 5:45 and got to the top at 11:15. Snow from about 4500m to the summit. A difficult scramble with a chimney crux just below the summit ridge. Many route finding challenges...esp in the cloudy/foggy/snowy weather and alot of loose rock...but I'm used to that in the Rockies! Brought a harness and rope to rap the crux, but never used it. Rained on the way back in the paramo...where 5 happy semi-wild llamas were happily grazing. Had to walk the 11km down from the atennas so I didn't hit the hiway until 5:30....back home to a hot bath at 9pm :)
Nice to have a taste of winter when I feel like it! Now it's time for the hotsprings on a Sunday afternoon.