The main landmark for orientation in Quito is Pichincha; the base of this 15,407 foot volcano defines the western edge of the city. Nevertheless, though the climb requires no technical skills, few Quiteños actually do it. Cassidy, Tatiana, and I rode the teleferico (tram) to the base of the mountain and headed up this morning in beautiful, sunny weather. Here’s the photos!

Base of the mountain, the teleferico, and me with Quito in the background:

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Day turns not-so-beautiful:

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Breaking out of the clouds near the summit:

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When I made it to the top nobody was there. Shortly afterwards I was joined by a couple from Spain, an Ecuadorian runner, somebody from France, and a few people from Switzerland. Here I am at 15,407, the highest I’ve ever been!

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Hike back down in the fog, hail, rain, and wind: