Today, we gained a sense of accomplishment due to the once-in-a-lifetime hike at Mount Chimborazo. We had an early start to the day at 6:00 A.M. so that we could get to the mountain early. We ascended to over 15,000 feet (4,500 meters), higher than any point on the lower 48 states. After making the ascent, we traveled to a lower altitude so that we could make an extended hike around the surrounding area. Throughout this hike we saw many different animals and were wowed by the spectacular views and vegetation. We were led by two expert tour guides, Edison and Fabian, who have summited multiple 6,500+ meter mountains in South America. The altitude, compounded with the dirt and sand thrown by the high winds, made the hike difficult.
Thankfully after this exhausting six-hour excursion, we had an excellent lunch of carrot soup, rice, and fish. Following this excellent meal at La Tortilla, three hours of free time was enjoyed.
The day has been rewarding due to the accomplishments of all the Glimpsers, and we are looking forward to the free day tomorrow.
Lucas Cheney and Michael Kania