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Apr 27 2018

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Wharton Leadership Ventures Mt. Cotopaxi Expedition, Ecuador – PowerPoint PPT Presentation

  • Cotopaxi is the highest active volcano in the world at 19,348 feet (more than 50 eruptions since 1738). From the summit you have an amazing view into the heart of the volcano.
  • On average, 60% of climbers reach the summit of Cotopaxi (reasons differ: weather, physical conditioning, etc.). Wharton’s summit rate is slightly below the average.

  • This trip is guided by Chris Warner and Adrian Ballinger from Earth Treks. Chris has successfully led several expeditions up Mt. Everest. Adrian has been guiding in Ecuador for eight years and is currently guiding in Nepal.

  • We will spend several days in Quito (the capital of Ecuador, 10,000 feet above sea level), acclimatizing and training and will summit a 15,000+ ft. peak prior to the attempt on Cotopaxi.

    • 2004 dates: January 3-11 and March 6-14
  • The expeditions are supported by Earth Treks, a mountaineering guide service founded by Chris Warner.

  • The cost is $1,700per person plus airfare ( $1,000 from PHL to Quito) and is open to all Wharton MBA students

    • A $500 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is due November 13th.
  • The remainder is due November 26.

  • Capacity for 24 climbers in January and 24 climbers in March. Positions will be allocated via the Venture Auction System.
  • For more information:

  • or visit the following website: http://leadership.wharton.upenn.edu/l_change/trips/Ecuador.shtml

    • Saturday, January 3: Depart Philadelphia and arrive in Quito (9,350 feet) in the evening. Transfer to hotel.
  • Sunday, January 4: Explore Quito, visiting the cathedrals and historic sites of Old Quito.

  • Monday, January 5: Climb Pichincha, a 15,700-foot volcano above Quito

  • Tuesday, January 6: Skills session on the climbing wall. Pack for the climb

    • Wednesday, January 7: Travel (by car and foot) to the climber’s hut on Cotopaxi (15,000 ft.)
  • Thursday, January 8: Skill development on the glaciers of Cotopaxi.

  • Friday, January 9: Climb to the summit of Cotopaxi (19,348 ft.)

  • Saturday, January 10: Visit the Otavalo market and return to Quito:

  • Sunday, January 11: Depart Quito for Philadelphia.

    • The Wharton Leadership Expedition to Ecuador offers a mountaineering and leadership development program designed to provide MBA students with a unique learning experience as well as the opportunity to ascend one of the highest peaks in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Continuous learning is emphasized through daily pre-planned seminars and many unanticipated events. We devote time to considering leadership and team dynamics on the historic climbs of Ecuador’s central highlands and other peaks, across organizations and cultures, and within our own climbing party.

    • This is a skill development program, and prior mountaineering experience is not a prerequisite for participation. The climb is strenuous and difficult, and proper physical conditioning is crucial to success, but people of average athletic ability can accomplish this climb.
  • High altitude mountaineering demands great physical endurance and emotional strength. The itinerary places great emphasis on acclimatizing, the process by which your body adapts to the unique stresses placed upon it at altitude. A high degree of aerobic conditioning is required. Rigorous preparation is imperative, with emphasis on the cardiovascular system and leg and back strength. The climb involves technical mountaineering, and instruction in the use of ropes, crampons. Other climbing equipment is provided.


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