Q & A Cotopax
- Category: Difficult Mountains Ecuador
- Published: Thursday, 15 November 2018 20:33
- Written by OLA sales
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Great to hear from you and good to hear you are acclimatizing!
Spoke to Patricio, our guide, today, he is wondering whether you can make it on Monday instead of Tuesday to reserve all the gear, just to secure we get the right footwear.
Yes, I am already in Ecuador and have already began acclimitizing. I actually just spent the last four days along the Quilotoa loop, which as you probably already know has an altitude pushing 4000m. I also plan to spend some time up near Cruz Loma in Quito in the next couple of days. So far, I have no problems with the altitude. In other news, I am absolutely free to meet on tuesday 20 May at 1000, just give me a location, and I´ll be there.
- Nic Sedenquist
Subject: Re: OLA Adventures
Just a few questions, are you in Ecuador already?
If you are it would be a good idea to try and acclimatise yourself to the altitude, maybe try and summit Rucu Pichincha and if climbing Iliniza Norte is a possibility then that would be even better.
I will be going up with you to Cotopaxi along with Patricio our guide, as believe it or not I haven''t climbed Cotopaxi yet either.
Just wondering whether you are free to meet myself and Patricio next Tuesday morning at 10:00am to pre-book all equipment needed for the climb.
Look forward to hearing back from you.
Hope this email finds you well.
Just to let you know that your deposit cleared. We will be in contact to arrange a time to meet you so that we can take you to hire all the equipment that you will need for Cotopaxi.
If you have any questions, don''t hesitate to contact me.
No worries Nic, nice to have you on board!
I just wired the money to Fairbairn Bank at the Isle of Man, the wire goes out tomorrow (the cut-off time had passed for today.) Please let me know when it gets there, and thanks for your patience!
Sorry I haven''t been keeping in touch as much as I should. I''m absolutely up for climbing, and I have put some thought into the account transfer, since I''ll be in Ecuador on Monday, would it be easier to pay for it then, or should I still transfer money to the bank in the UK?
Thanks a ton, and I''ll get right on that deposit!
- Nic Sedenquist
Great to have you on board! If you would like to pay the 50% deposit in US dollars. That being a total of $125, below are the account details for our bank which is a very respectable one:
However, if you would like to pay in Euros or Pound Sterling, we have accounts in these currencies as well.
Hope to hear from you soon,
Thats great news! Now, how would I go about making a deposit on the climb?
Thanks a bunch,
- Nic Sedenquist
A great photo of the jugle here in Ecuador
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