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Ecuador Volcanoes Team Vacavengers Reach Veintimilla Summit on Chimborazo!

Hello from Ecuador. All team members climbed to the Veintimilla summit (20,561 feet) on Chimborazo. Congratulations!!! They started their ascent at about midnight and after 6 hours  of sustained climbing reached this summit. However, a lenticular cloud, stationed at the top of the mountain made things more complicated for them so they decided not to go for the Whymper summit. They are traveling back to Quito today and looking forward to enjoying a farewell dinner in the Ecuadorian capital city. The Vacavengers are feeling happy for their mountaineering accomplishmets on Cayambe, Antisana, and Chimborazo. Congratulations again on a successful trip!!!
They send their best to family and friends.
Keep climbing Vacavengers!! You are good at it!

Team Vacavengers at the Veintimilla summit on Chimborazo
Zane about to reach the Veintimilla summit
Chimborazo from the Stubel camp

Ecuador Volcanoes Team Vacavengers did it again! 100% Summit success on Antisana

Hola family and friends! All team members summited Antisana! They all performed really well during the climb. They started their summit attempt at midnight in good weather and got to the feature known as “the saddle” before sunrise.  With the first sun rays, they could enjoy fantastic views. They got to the final challenging bergschrund and braved their way to the other side and the summit (18,891 ft / 5,758 m). The descend involved an 100 foot rappel from the summit plateau. Big congrats to the climbers and guides on a successful and safe climb on Antisana, one of the most coveted mountains in Ecuador.
Team members are doing well, resting and recovering before their summit attempt on Chimborazo, the highest mountain in the Andean country.
They all say hi and send their best to family and friends.
Stay tunned!

Team Vacavengers at the Antisana summit
Team Vacavengers reaching the Antisana summit
Panoramic view from the summit of Antisana
Abseiling from the summit plateau



Ecuador Volcanoes Team Vacavengers 100% Summit Success on Cayambe!

Hello family and friends!
All team members made it to the summit of Cayambe (18,993ft / 5,789m) in beautiful weather! Snow conditions were perfect too. It took them 7 hours to reach the summit of the third highest mountain in Ecuador and 3 hours to return to the hut. The enjoyed fantastic views of the surrounding mountains and the Amazon rain forest.
They are currently resting and recovering at beautiful and cozy Colonial Hacienda Pinsaqui.
They are doing well and feeling very optimistic about their upcoming climbs on Antisana and Chimborazo.
Big congrats to the team on their successful Cayambe climb!
They send their best to family and friends.
More soon! Enjoy the pictures!

Team Vacavengers on top of Cayambe
Rope team getting to the summit
Team members climbing the final headwall
Going for the summit
Panoramic view of the Cayambe summit
Panoramic view looking north from the summit ridge
Panoramic view from the summit

Ecuador Volcanoes Team 5 Now Team Vaca Vengers

Yesterday, Team “Vaca Vengers” left the Cayambe camp after breakfast for a thorough glacier skills training at 6,000ft on Cayambe glacier. Everybody had fun and is acclimating well to the altitude. Today, the “Vaca Vengers” move up to the Cayambe hut, where they will spend the afternoon resting and preparing for the upcoming climb tonight.
All team members say “hi” to family and friends. Please stay tuned and wish us luck for the Cayambe climb!

Ecuador Volcanoes Team 5 Completes Second Acclimatization Hike

Hello family and friends!
Today, the team hiked up to the Parcacocha lake located at an altitude of 13,350 feet enjoying fantastic views of Antisana (the fourth highest mountain in Ecuador). Everybody performed great. They are all adjusting well to the altitude. Two team members decided to soak in the waters of the lake (they had forgotten to bring their bathing suits though) but the rest of us preferred to wait till we get back to the hot springs resort to jump into the thermal pools.
Tomorrow we are moving to our base camp on Cayambe. We are looking forward to climbing the third highest mountain in Ecuador and we are keeping our fingers crossed for the weather to stay good.
Our best to you all!

Team members in the thermal pools
The team at the Parcacocha lake
Antisana and the hot springs resort
The team during a break at the Anteojos lake
Antisana and the Baños waterfall

Great program. The expedition was well organized and leadership was outstanding…AAI has the logistics dialed in on this one. No hitches in logistics. Lots of moving around from hotels to huts to climbing. Everything went as smoothly as one could possibly expect.


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