"To see the effort and sacrifice of people who fight for their own summit, and that there’s no better school for life than Mother Nature herself."
- Fernando Campoverde, Ecuadorian Mountaineer and Club
Sangay guide reflecting on why he loves mountaineering.
For those of you that don’t know the first half of the story, Lynsey and I attempted the summit of Cotopaxi last December. If you’d like to read the original entry, you can find it here. To recap, we basically encountered a “perfect storm” of shabby equipment, unprepared lungs and legs, frozen hands and feet, and indescribably sickening digestive gas (from me, to be clear). We didn’t make the summit, and left knowing that we had underestimated the mountain. Nearly a year later, I was resolved to make a return, prepared this time, and see what was in the cards for me in the slopes of this icy giant.