Glacial retreat: Ecuador’s environmental timebomb

Guardian: The Cayambe volcano lies dead on the equator line in Ecuador and is the third-highest mountain in all the Americas at 17,159 ft (5,230m). It is really only climbed by serious "Andenistas" - as opposed to Alpinists - because of its crevasses and icecap, so the great Guardian/Oxfam climate expedition stopped at a modest 4,675m (14,250ft), which is nearly the height of Mont Blanc. Okay, we went nearly all the way by Toyota pickup on a perilous track, but the wind was bitter and the snow ......

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