The travellers were talking about their prior time in Quito and the adventures on which they embarked, such as hiking up Rucu Pichincha. They recounted that they had hiked with a large international group, and the only person who hadn't made it to the top was an American. Everyone looked pointedly at me, as I was the only one from the U.S. at the table. Well, that's not going to be me, I thought to myself, I know how to hike. Little did I know how wrong I was.