How Hiking In The Andes Changed Me

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.