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Bringing Home the Awesome

Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador

A rope team from Johns Hopkins University led by Ecuadorian guide Robinson approach the summit of Cotopaxi just before sunrise. Part of the Andean Mountain Range, Cotopaxi is one of Ecuador's most popular mountains and it attracts mountaineering expeditions from all over the world. It's high elevation but fairly non-technical slopes make it an ideal climb for beginning and experienced climbers alike hoping to summit a high altitude peak. The summit rises to 5,897 meters or 19,347 feet in height and has more clear summit days than any of Ecuador's other glacier covered volcanic mountains.