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Ecuador trip, last days!

Last report from the Ecuador group, a few days later here we are.

We enjoyed the Ilinizas in a different way, a different terrain to the previous glaciers, a more alpine terrain, rock, snow, something more expedition. We hiked 3hr to the refuge where we spent the night and enjoyed a small storm, the North Iliniza was covered in white, more than normal. In those conditions we all climbed up to about 16,600 feet, passing snowy ridges and enjoying something new.

What followed for the AA team was pure tasting, thanks to the motivation of one of the team members we decided to have a full day tasting the best gastronomy of Quito/Ecuador, two incredible restaurants, Shibumi (a classic Japanese restaurant with local fish) and SOMOS (we had a tasting dinner) one of the most recognized restaurants in the country.

In this way we said goodbye to Ecuador, “Eating” one of our favorite moments.

Good summits and see you next time!

Juliana Garcia

ASEGUIM/UIAGM Guide
Esguim Instructor
AIARE Instructor

IFMGA Board member

Heading towards Iliniza norte after a good rest day

The trip continues, after resting and reviewing several possibilities to continue enjoying the mountains the group decided to go to the Iliniza Norte, a mountain of 16,870 feet, an alpine climb. The Chimborazo option had to be discarded this time for several reasons, one of them being the safety of the whole group.

On our rest day we took the opportunity to get to know one more corner of Ecuador, the Quilotoa lagoon. The Quilotoa is a volcano filled with water in its crater of 3 kilometers (2 mi) in diameter at its edge that was formed by the collapse of this dacite volcano followed by an eruption of VEI-6 approximately 800 years ago, which produced a pyroclastic flow and lahars (mudflows) that reached the Pacific Ocean, spewing volcanic ash all along the northern Andes.

We also enjoy a visit to the Toachi canyon, now from Chuquiragua lodge we prepare to climb to the Iliniza refuge. More news on our return.

Juliana Garcia

ASEGUIM/UIAGM Guide
Esguim Instructor
AIARE Instructor

IFMGA Board member

Ecuador update After Cayambe and Cotopaxi attempt

News from Ecuador, after our ascent to Cayambe we had two days of rest, enjoying the haciendas and the gastronomy of Ecuador, also taking advantage of our transfer to the area of Cotopaxi National Park we passed through the middle of the world (the Andean clock) Quitsato, The Quitsato Sundial is the first and only Monument of the Middle of the World, which is located exactly on the Equatorial Line or parallel 0 0 0, certified by the military geographic institute.

It constitutes a great sundial of 54 meters in diameter, elaborated with a great stone mosaic that indicates the hours of the day, the different lines of the Solstices and Equinoxes.

On the afternoon of August 1st the team climbed to the Jose Ribas refuge located at 15,840 feet to attempt the summit of Cotopaxi that same night/early morning.

Our team enjoyed this morning a summit with many hues. We started to reach the summit at 5:40am, almost in total darkness, with the first rays of the sun the first team reached the summit of Cotopaxi 19,347 feet many photos of the same day in the same place (at different hours). Great summit day for this team, a lot of learning, laughter, a lot of effort and dreams fulfilled. Cotopaxi is the second highest mountain in Ecuador.

That’s all for today, we are going to rest in Tambopaxi lodge and we will continue to tell you how the trip continues.

Photos by: Ramiro Garrido, Manuel Calapiña and Juliana García (guides)
Video: Condors flying around Tambopaxi lodge

Juliana Garcia

ASEGUIM/UIAGM Guide
Esguim Instructor
AIARE Instructor

IFMGA Board member

Cayambe Summit attempt

Good news from Ecuador, the weather improved a lot and we were able to make our attempt to Cayambe, with wind and cold we left at midnight to do what we like most, climbing mountains and enjoying the scenery.

Part of the team was finding its summit on the way up, for all the first time in these heights so each body behaves differently. We enjoyed an incredible sunrise, the mountain conditions were relatively good (in the cold) and as the Cayambe is the only glacier in the equatorial line (therefore the one that receives more heat) as soon as the sun rises the conditions change.

Part of the team arrived very close to the summit, when I say very close I mean “almost the summit” 150 feet below. For us that summit was special, after a lot of effort during several hours.
Now we are processing what was the ascent, we have a rest day that we are going to enjoy.

Juliana Garcia

ASEGUIM/UIAGM Guide
Esguim Instructor
AIARE Instructor

IFMGA Board member

Update Ecuador trip 2022 July-August

Hello everyone, a little update on the group.

We still haven’t decided which name suits us best, but for sure something related to mud, it has been our companion all these days.
Yesterday was our acclimatization day, arriving at the refuge was already an adventure, we were greeted with a nice afternoon and the group enjoyed an active acclimatization pushing the 4×4.

A new day this morning with sunshine and Cayambe welcoming us for our summit attempt tonight, the group is feeling good and motivate.
We will keep you posted.

Juliana Garcia

ASEGUIM/UIAGM Guide
Esguim Instructor
AIARE Instructor

IFMGA Board member

The guides are first rate. Jose Luis, Renee, Javier and Pepe all had strong mountain skills and good people skills, the combination I feel makes for a great climbing trip. I can not say enough about Jose Luis!

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