|The path to the top, this would be a great place to film Lord of the Rings, just saying.|
|To the summit!|
|The landslide portion|
|No Tobias is not standing on a hill or anything. I was a few feet away from him, this is just how steep it is.|
From here you must climb vertically up the rocky face of the summit. This was definitely the scariest part, given that you're rock climbing without a harness or ropes. But it was really really fun, and totally worth it. The summit of Pichincha is a great place to have a picnic, so that's just what we did. The views were amazing, we had a hawk walk only about 10 feet from us, and we met a really cool mountaineering couple up there that showed us an easier way down (basically sliding down the sandy part) and then gave us a ride home. Overall a pretty awesome day, and despite all my whining about how tough the hike was, it was completely worth it, and I would go back without question.
|Starting the final ascent.|
|This is what you have to climb up to get to the summit.|
|This is what awaits you if you fall.|
|The view from the top|
|Yes I do often picnic at 15,413 feet... I'm pretty cool, no big deal|
And now I have to steal a card from Kamila whom I miss very much, and give you a preview of what I will be doing two weekends from now, biking down Cotopaxi!
|We have a date, see you in two weeks Cotopaxi!|