And Then There Were 3
We are still at Chimborazo lodge. Alpaca’s wander freely about – they have the furry faces vs. Llama’s that don’t. We met THE Marco Cruz yesterday – and had a great visit. He has written a book on the mountain, its history, flora and fauna.
We are T-1d, and unfortunately the weather has really socked in. Cards, cards and more cards. We have one day of grace in terms of the summit attempt so we will need to see what the weather looks like for tomorrow = if no good we will then push it to Tuesday in the hope the weather will be better…..such is the nature of big mountains.
We wandered back into the small village and stopped at a different lodge today to access the wifi. Yesterday was truly priceless – the 4 of us were sitting in the Casa lodge, asked for the password, were given a book with it listed – this awesome password C@S@CONDOR2023. followed by a separate line of 7 numbers. We tried and we tried, we mimed and asked……..Dale (Luddite) comes along and enters the 7 numbers quick as you please without the rest of the nonsense and gets on first try……HYSTERICAL
Heartbroken, Perry’s right ankle (previous surgery) is not doing well post Iliniza – carrying a 50lb pack on that terrain and to top it off he rolled it yesterday – he is now splinted and won’t be coming up the mountain.
So it is down to Dale, Farid and me who will – with our guides Barry, Shaun and Nacho – make the attempt. Dale is super strong and doing really well – I remain, as always, inspired by him.
PS: Paso de la Muerte video below!