The conference field trip will be held on June 8 and include visits to montane cloud forests and Paramo grasslands in the nearby Cajas National Park.

During the field trip we will visit a high-elevation topical ecosystem (the páramo). The sites are located between 3200-3900 m a.s.l; with the highest vising point at 3900 m a.s.l in the Cajas National Park. Weather in the páramo is highly variable and normally is cloudy, cold (expected temperature is 7-15 Celsius degrees), and rainy. Solar radiation is very high even when cloudy, therefore wearing sunscreen is highly recommended.  Participants should be ready for those conditions and wear appropriate clothing and protection.

We have not planned long walks but you have to be sure you are in good physical condition (i.e. no heart and/or blood pressure issues) to avoid/prevent high elevation sickness. Below you will find a list of suggested clothing to take to the field.

Departure time is 8h00 from Hotel Oro Verde. We expect having lunch at around 14h30-15h00. You will also receive a refreshment pack (drink, fruit, sandwich, and candies).

Recommended equipment for field visit:

  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Socks (liner and outers)
  • Base layer top/bottoms
  • Synthetic insulated top
  • Long-sleeved trekking shirt
  • Rainwear or outer shell top/bottoms
  • Hat or cap (insulated recommended)
  • Pants
  • Gloves or mitts
  • Balaclava
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen (minimum 50 SPF)
  •  Recommended extras:
  •  Energy bars and or chocolates and dried fruit
  • Dry socks and T-shirt in a plastic bag

 Additional notes:

Ask your doctor about restrictions to visit high elevation places (above 3,000 m/ 10,000 ft) due to high blood pressure and heart diseases

For additional information, contact Brad Wilcox at: bwilcox@tamu.edu