Cotopaxi is an Outdoor Company on a Mission
By Jess Smith


It was an internship trip with his wife to Peru that started it all for Davis Smith. While in Cusco on the way to visit Machu Picchu, a little boy, ragged and hungry, insisted on shining Smith’s shoes (despite them being tennis shoes). Smith and his wife gave him some food, and after that they’d regularly see little Edgar around town and bring extra food for him every time they ate.

Late one night they noticed Edgar, curled up on the side of the road, too scared to go home, having lost the shoe-shining kit that helped support his family. The couple gave Edgar what money they had on them, and when they were leaving the next day, there was Edgar, running alongside the bus, waving and smiling in true appreciation. It was after this trip to Peru, with …