Andrew's Journal

The Last Ice Merchant

Aug
02

Previous post.

January 4, 2014

After a day at Hacienda La Cinega, we started moving towards Chimborazo. On our way, we stayed at the Alta Montana, a retreat run by Rodrigo. Rodrigo is a very interesting Ecuadorian, having spent much of his life in the mountains and traveling. Several years back, he was the producer of a documentary on The Last Ice Merchant of Chimborazo, which has won awards at many international festivals.

Posted By Andrew read more

Cotopaxi

Aug
02

Previous post.

January 2, 2014

What a way to start the New Year. Cotopaxi, the second highest active volcano in the world, is a beautiful cinder cone volcano capped with a majestic glacier. At 5,897 meters (19,342 feet) it is only a couple of meters taller than Kilimanjaro but, despite similar proximity to the Equator, has managed to maintain significant glacier coverage--wet winds from the Amazon basin provide significant moisture to replenish the loss from global-warming-induced melting.

Posted By Andrew read more

Feliz Anno Nuevo

Aug
02

Previous post.

January 1, 2014

New Years is a special time in Ecuador. Remember those effigies I mentioned yesterday? Seems they are "married".

Posted By Andrew read more

Cayambe Disappointment Inversion

Aug
02

Previous post.

December 30, 2013

Today we planned to finally summit the volcano whose glacier we had spent the past week playing on. Sadly, Cayambe had other plans--as our guide Alejo wisely said, there is a reason it's called mountaineering and not summiteering.

Posted By Andrew read more

Glacier School

Aug
02

Previous post.

December 29, 2013

Glaciers are a special beast. Formed from snow piling up over many years, compacted by the weight of that snow and slowly drifting across and shaping the terrain, glaciers have a special beauty that hides many of the dangers contained within. Safely navigating and climbing glaciers requires special gear, knowledge and practice, something I hoped to gain on this trip.

Posted By Andrew read more

Acclimation

Aug
02

Previous post.

December 24, 2013

After our day in Quito, we started acclimating in earnest. First we climbed a small "hill" near Quito, Guagua Pichincha (Baby Pichincha) taking us to about 4800 meters (~15,750 feet) before returning back to Hacienda Rumiloma. The next day was a little more relaxing, with a bit of time in the Otovalo market before a shorter hike around a lake at the base of a mountain in the Reserva Ecologica Cotacachi-Cayapas and a night in Hacienda Pinsaqui.

Posted By Andrew read more

Quito

Aug
02

This post has been a long time coming. It's taken a while to keep living life while also finding the time to share--I hope you enjoy these photos!

December 21, 2013

This trip started with a few meetings: first Fernando, the one who would drive me from the airport to the Hacienda Rumiloma where I will spend several nights. Then Alex, who will be joining me in all the mountaineering parts of this trip. Also Alejo, our mountaineering guide (there will be a lot of Alex's this trip--deal), and many other nice people (too many to list them all without boring you to death).

Posted By Andrew read more

Mammoth Adventures

Jun
22

Ever get a taste of something and hunger for more? Happens to me a lot.

One case of this was a caving tour I went on as a child, the Trog Tour at Mammoth Cave National Park. While I've been in plenty of caves since then, I always wanted to come back and try the adult version at Mammoth--the Wild Cave Tour, taking you into places in this wondrous cave system that most of the public never gets to see. Sadly, this tour is very popular and has been sold out every time I've tried to go in the past.

Posted By Andrew read more

Fortune Favors the Bold

Mar
31

So one of my friends throws a quite fun birthday party for themselves every year up in Thunder Bay. Last year I ended up missing this party because of another trip and so, this year, I went out of my way to find out details first. As usual, the party lived up to its reputation and so you won't see any pictures here.

Posted By Andrew read more

Meaningful Meetings

Mar
09

So this weekend I was in New York City again. I could easily talk about the wonderful food, the beautiful sights, the amazing random street performances (like those in the videos below) or any number of other things. But those aren't what made this weekend special. This weekend I was able to simultaneously meet up with three of my best friends from university, two of whom I hadn't even seen for almost ten years (although the internet has helped keep in touch). The fact that we were in one of my favorite cities taking advantage of the opportunities available was simply a bonus.

Posted By Andrew read more

Pages