Travel Itinerary

Lee's present progress in Ecuador can found at RMI ECUADOR DISPATCHES (Click on Ecuador June 19-29 Summit Climb).

The following is the current itinerary for the June 19-29, 2009 travel/climbing itinerary for Lee Hoedl:

June 19 Depart Fargo @ 8:05 am - Minneapolis to Atlanta to Quito; Arrive Quito, Ecuador @ 9:59 pm - Overnight at Hotel Mercure Alameda
June 20 Morning: Orientation Meeting and Team Breakfast; Afternoon: Local Tour of Colonial Quito [Day of Acclimatization]
June 21 Morning: Exploration and acclimitization hike of Pasachoa Forest Reserve (1000-acre park at the base of an extinct volcano); Evening: Quito and stay at Hotel Mercure Alameda [Day of Acclimatization]
June 22 Day: Travel to and acclimitzation hike of 15,000 ft. elev. of Illiniza Norte, a jagged peak west of Cotopaxi National Park; Evening: Stay at a traditional Ecuadorian farmhouse at the base of Cotopaxi - overnight at Hacienda El Porvenir [Day of Acclimatization] - Additional Images: Photo 01, Photo 02, Photo 03
June 23 Day: Drive to from Hacienda El Provenir to the base of Cotopaxi, followed by a hik to Jose Ribas Refugio at 16,000 ft. elev. [Day of Preparation]- Additional Images: Photo 01
June 24 Day: Basic mountaineering techniques and training on the glacial fields on Cotopaxi, followed by an early evening in preparation for the summit attempt of Cotopaxi [Day of Preparation]
June 25 SUMMIT DAY: An early alpine start at 16,000 ft. elev. in an attempt to summit the 19,348 ft. elev. volcano Cotopaxi; Afternoon: Descent and travel to overnight stay at 300-year-old hacienda, Hosteria La Cienega.
June 26 Morning: Exploration of the city of Cayambe, and the possible visit of Cotacachi; Afternoon: Transfer to Ecuador's oldest hacienda, the Guachala [Day of Relaxation]-
June 27 Day: Travel to the hut at the base of Cayambe and preparation for the summit attempt. Overnight stay at the climber's hut at 15,300 ft. elev. [Day of Preparation]
June 28 SUMMIT DAY: An early alpine start at 15,300 ft. elev. in an attempt to summit the 18,997 ft. elev. volcano Cayambe. Afternoon: Descent and travel to Quito for celebration dinner and overnight stay at Hotel Mercure Alameda
June 29 Depart Quito @ 11:30 pm - Quito to Atlanta to Mpls. to Fargo
June 30 Arrive Fargo, ND @ 12:23 pm