The last time we heard from Brian, he was sitting on the side of a volcano in Ecuador. He joined CBC Homestretch again this week, with a look at the last few days of his adventures in South America.

Listen here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/programs/homestretch/brian-keating-ecuador-1.4083948

Enjoy some excerpts from Brian’s travel journal:

Ecuador | picture of volcanic mountain

Here’s a photo I took at the crack of dawn….note the steam coming from the caldera! The summit has been off limits to climbers for two years now, due to the increased volcanic activity.

It’s a very sexy mountain! 

Ecuador | picture of Brian riding horse

Yep, that handsome dude on the right is me.  Check out my sheep skin chaps! The other fellow is Alejandro Perez, part owner of the Hacienda El Porvenir, who showed me much of his 1,200 ha ranch via horseback.

Ecuador | Dee hiking through an endangered Polylepis forest

Dee hiking through an endangered Polylepis forest as we approached 4,000m. These are the same trees the Hacienda El Porvenir has been replanting as a conservation effort, to the tune of some 1 million trees and counting!