Mountaineers highlight peaks of Ecuador

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Southern living continues as the theme for the Los Alamos Mountaineers’ March presentation. Following February’s presentation of a trip to Antarctica, March features a talk on a trek to the high, volcanic peaks of Ecuador, in a travel tale told by Kelly Gallagher and Don Krier.
The presentation will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge. The talk follows the business portion of the Mountaineer’s meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.
Ecuador features the greatest concentration of volcanoes in the world, rising between its coastal areas and inner rain forests. The spectacular glaciated peaks of Cotopaxi (19,348 feet), located in the Ecuadorian Andes, offer exciting and accessible high-altitude mountaineering. Cotopaxi — an active volcano with more than 50 eruptions in the past 275 years, the most recent in 1940 — lies on a long and narrow Andean valley surrounded by high volcanoes. Naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt said: “Cotopaxi’s shape is the most beautiful and regular of all the colossal peaks in the high Andes. It is a perfect cone covered by a thick blanket of snow...”

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