Thursday, May 22, 2008


Today we took on the climb to the base camp of the tallest peak in ecuador, a volcano named Cotapaxi. The base camp was 4800 meters up which is apparently higher than any peak in the continental US. The air was so thin you would have to stop every 20 feet or so and you could feel your racing heartbeat pouding in the dilated capilaries pumping blood into your brain.

Took a little over an hour to climb up and about a 7 minute, 20+ mph sprint to get down.

That night our dreamy guide (who works at USFQ) took us salsa dancing. I was doing pretty good considering the inate lack of rhythm and managed to pick up some fancy spins and even flipped a girl!

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