Biked up to Guagua Pichincha (15,696′) on Sunday with Felipe over a rainy weekend. The weather started out nice, but by the time we approached the summit it started to sleet and snow. The ascent was absolutely brutal, gaining 6000ft in just a few kilometers from Lloa. I was nursing a pretty bad cold from doing field work in the rainy cloud forest, so breathing was even harder than normal at that altitude. The descent was freezing. By the time I got home at 2pm or so, I was totally spent and went straight to bed!