Day 1 | Thursday 18th July 2013

Met up in Cardiff airport 4am

KLM flight to Amsterdam then onto Quito.

12 Climbers:
Andy Thomas
Andrew (Chesh) Jones
Martin Caswell
Peter Croke
Eddie Butler
Sue Butler
Robert Norster
Christine Holme
Nigel Cuthbertson
Keith Mort
Matt Murray
Wynne Harries

13th Man, John Edwards had gone 2 days before, to help his acclimatisation.

Decent flight – good food, watched 2 films.

Amsterdam to Quito – 11.5 hours flight

Met by our hosts Ossy and Amber, in the new Quito airport.

Tansfer by bus, 1 hour to Rumiloma.

Rumiloma was originally Ossy’s home. Now developed into a hotel and bar. It was located in a beautiful valley above Quito. Rumiloma was 10,500 ft high above sea level and we all felt quite short of breath with minimal exertion.

Room allocation; I shared with Matt Murray, with Peter Croke in adjacent master bedroom. We had a nice big Jacuzzi. Tried to use it twice – one occasion water was too cold and on the second, it stopped all the water supply to the whole hotel!

Travelled in 4×4 ‘s to a restaurant in Quito for dinner. Beautiful views over the city of Quito at night.

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