Vulcan Chimborazo

Sights going down the mountain

Friday, February 25, 2011.  Today we were in the middle of a snow shower.  That’s right, I said snow.  We were at an elevation of 5,000 meters above sea level.  That’s right around 16,400 feet.  The air is very thin and even modest exertion causes you to feel winded.  We hiked to the second of two refuges on the south face of this huge volcano.  These refuges are waypoints for climbers who are on their way further up.  We had no intent to go higher.  Once we had our hot beverage we began our descent back down to the lower refuge which is at only 4,800 meters.  That’s when the snowfall began to pick up.  By the time we got down to the lower refuge it was snowing pretty good. Continue reading