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I'm going to climb a volcano July 29

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

As most of you know, I live in Ecuador. Ecuador has loads of volcanoes. (NERD WARNING) The peak of one of them, Chimborazo, is the point on Earth farthest from the core of the planet. That's right -- even farther than Everest, which is the highest point above sea level. That's because the Earth isn't perfectly round. It's an oblate spheroid with the bulge at the equator. (END NERD WARNING).

So, well, climbing volcanoes is big here. The one I can see out my office window is Pichincha, one of the easiest to climb. Some of them are so difficult that only very experienced climbers should do it, but Pichincha is definitely in my reach. My husband and I nearly made it to the top a couple of years ago but had to head down when the hail storm started. That was a fun climb, though. We ran into some young men touring with a singing group from the States and they treated us to a serenade not far below the caldera.


A group of people from my organisation are going to be climbing it on July 29 and I'm really looking forward to it. I'm going to make it this time as I'm much more fit and I would have made it last time if not for the hail. Mind you, it's not easy. I live at 9,400 feet (2865m) and Pichincha is 15,696 feet (4,784 m). I remember the last time I climbed it, I had a hard time catching my breath after the first hour or so climbing.

See you on the summit!


By the way, Pichincha is active. In 1999 it covered Quito in ash.
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    In Ecuador, there are many volcanoes and several of them are among the most active in the world. I've seen ash and smoke rising from Tungurahua, but I've not seen fire or lava flows. From the windows of my house on clear days, I can see Antisana, Cayumbe, and Reventador. From the office, I can see Pichincha and on my drive to work I can see Cotopaxi and Iliniza. There is a stretch along the Andes called 'volcano alley'. All these volcanoes are active.


    "Active" for a volcano may not be what you're thinking. It's a geologic term. That means that it has erupted in the last 10,000 years and is expected to erupt again some day. "Some day" in geologic terms, means 'probably not today or tomorrow and probably not July 29.'

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    Comment edited on: 7/12/2012 12:49:34 PM
  • -COURT-
    I've never known anyone who climbed a volcano, let alone an active one. Sounds exciting. Have you ever seen one erupt? Do you live near an active one? The one outside your office? Hope you are able to post pix.
    2138 days ago
    Sounds like you ARE living life to the fullest! Spark on, Casey! emoticon
    2138 days ago
  • ROCKMAN6797
    I was ok with this until your final statement emoticon ....
    I hope your group and you choose a day it is not expected to blow!

    This sounds like fun, have a great time!
    2138 days ago
    I'm terrible with pix, but I'll definitely take one at the summit -- or someone will. I've just now posted the picture from the 5K I ran a few weeks ago. Better late than never?

    2139 days ago
  • INSHAPE2011
    Please take some pictures and post them for us to enjoy and celebrate your success with you! Have fun!
    2139 days ago
    Sounds like a great time. Please post pictures.
    2139 days ago
    I LOVE your goal!!! Makes me want to come to Ecuador and do the same.

    I actually have a similar goal. We live on top of a mountain, and there is a trail from the bottom to top that's about 8 miles. I'm wanting to climb it in the fall. Still getting in shape to do it.
    2139 days ago
    How exciting! Enjoy the climb with your stronger, fitter body.
    2139 days ago
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