Cotopaxi was hard, and thinking about what was next made me question something I’ve struggled with a lot in recent years in multiple contexts- when is changing my plans quitting (and giving up on personal growth), and when is it practicing good self care? My original climbing plan in Ecuador was to do Cotopaxi, have one rest day, and then do Chimborazo, the highest peak here (6263 m / 20549 ft). However, I felt so tired after Cotopaxi, and if you know me you’ll know that (as much as I appreciated it) I didn’t enjoy the experience of being coaxed up by my guide - I would much rather work hard and make progress so that I feel like I am crushing a goal on my own. Reflecting on my current goals, I didn’t set out to come here and climb high mountains necessarily, but rather to have a super active vacation that would also be a new and different experience. So I decided to skip Chimborazo and instead climb Iliniza Sur (5248 m / 17218 ft), a more technical climb that would be the second highest of my trip. The climb starts with an overnight at a small refuge, and already on this overnight I was rewarded with a challenging hike to the refuge, a stunning sunset over Iliniza Norte (which we had climbed previously) and a great group of people hanging out in the refuge for the night. After managing a few hours of sleep on my second try at sleeping > 15k ft, we headed out to the glacier and found a few hours worth of great ice and rock on the way to the summit. I felt like I was able to push myself to do something hard, and the reward was sweet - a 360 degree view over everything I’ve done since I arrived - the valleys of the Quilotoa loop, Corazon, Iliniza Norte, and Cotopaxi. It felt like a pretty great way to end my trip!
I’m sorry for the delay fellow travellers! @erinnrse and I made the most of some gorgeous fall conditions in Garibaldi Provincial park. We encountered phenomenal sunsets and came face to face with a glacier. This was a weekend to remember!
Day 99: The pastoruri glacier. People posing in front of one of the few glaciers left in the tropical areas of South America, which are rapidly melting, so we were happy to catch a glimpse of one of them today :) #pastoruri#glacier#peru
Today I did my very first SOLO TOUR!! Featuring an ice mound with sun cups and a vein of blue ice, back lit by the very warm and welcomed sunshine ☀️☀️ Had an awesome couple from Australia that have been traveling around the world. They were so easy to talk to and did amazing trekking on the slick ice. A perfect tour 🎉
The Glacier Skywalk experience features waterfalls, wildlife, fossils and more on an exciting 1-kilometre walkway that leads to a platform where glass is all that separates you from a 918-foot (280 m) drop.
Jasper national Park
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