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Team “Bruce and the Playas” attempts Chimborazo

Hello family and friends. The team attempted Chimborazo but decided to turn around at an altitude of 19.370 feet due to poor snow conditions. It was a difficult decision because the climbers were going strong and the weather was good but safety first. They are all safely back in Quito and departing back home. We will miss you guys! It was a great crew and a strong team.
Keep climbing!

Photos: Santiago Espinosa

Ecuador Fall 2018 – More photos from Cotopaxi

More photos from the Cotopaxi climb! Amazing shots by guide Santiago Espinosa.



Ecuador Fall 2018 – Team “Bruce and the Playas” Climbs Cotopaxi!

The team summited the second highest volcano in Ecuador in perfect weather! By doing so, they have achieved the second objective of their “Andean Trilogy” (climbing the three highest mountains in Ecuador). Big congrats!!

From the summit they had the view deemed by many to be the most impressive in this part of the Andes: the gigantic active crater of Cotopaxi and the big snow-capped volcanoes peaking through a beautiful sea of clouds. It was so inspiring and motivating before our summit attempt on Chimborazo, the tallest mountain in the country.

Thanks for following! Stay tuned and enjoy the pics. More pictures soon.
Photos: Manuel Calapiña

Ecuador Fall 2018 – Team Bruce & the Playas Summits Cayambe!

The team started the climb at midnight and after seven hours of steady climbing reached the summit of Cayambe, the third highest mountain in Ecuador (18,993 ft.). The team performed really well during all the stages of the climb. The views were amazing: they could see Cotopaxi and Antisana, the interandean valleys, a sea of clouds covering the Amazon Rain Forest and the impressive glaciers of the mountain they climbed.

Now, they are resting and enjoying thick air at beautiful colonial hacienda Pinsaqui. They send their best to family and friends.

More soon. Stay tuned and enjoy the pictures from the climb.
Photos: Santiago Espinosa


Ecuador Fall 2018 – Team “Bruce and the Playas” Reviews Skills

Hey family and friends!
The team started the day with a fabulous breakfast while enjoying a nice view of Cayambe. According to one team member it was “a breakfast with a view”.

After that, we finished packing and drove up to the Cayambe hut (15,282 ft.), where we then hiked up to the glacier for a climbing skills review and to acclimatize. Everybody is adjusting well to the altitude. We spent several hours up there. The elevation reached was 16,542 ft. Then we descended to the car park and drove back down to our basecamp where we had a delicious dinner prepared by our cook Juan.

Tomorrow we will move to the hut and prepare the climb of the third highest mountain in Ecuador.

Wish us luck!
All the best from the Middle of the World


You know you are climbing with the right guide when other guides refer to your guide as “Sensei”. Being a mountain guide is a job, being a good guide is an art. Not only did Jose Luis become my true friend but he is a multifaceted person that is a pleasure to be around.


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