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The Team Attempts Chimborazo

Hello family and friends. The team moved to the foot of the highest mountain in Ecuador where they prepared for their summit bid. They left camp at about midnight and after one and a half hours of steady climbing reached the foot of the Stubel Glacier. Unfortunately, they found very hard ice all the way up on this glacier and decided to be conservative and turned around. They traveled back to Quito (the Ecuadorian Capital City) where they had a farewell dinner and took their fligths back home.
It was very nice to have enjoyed the company of Tim and Peter along this trip in the Andes of Ecuador and we hope to see them again in the near future. Thanks guys!
Keep climbing!

Tim and Peter ringing the bell




Team Summits Antisana on a Perfect Day! Chimborazo Next

Tim and Jose Luis summited Antisana after a 7 hour climb. They were the only climbers on the mountain that day. When asked about the weather and conditions on the mountain, they answered: “It does not get any better than this. It was a perfect day…” They enjoyed fantastic views. After their successful climb, they were greeted by Peter and Manolo (our cook) at advanced base camp and traveled all together to beautiful colonial hacienda La Cienega for a well deserved rest.

The team will travel to Chimborazo tomorrow. They are feeling very optimistic.

Thanks for following and enjoy the pictures from the Antisana climb!
Best to you all
Tim at the Antisana Summit Plateau
Tim almost to the main summit of Antisana, Antisana’s East Peak in the background.
Tim arriving to the top of Antisana!
Cotopaxi from high on Antisana
The tricky last crevasse



Cayambe Summit! Team heads to Antisana

Taking advantage of perfect weather and very good snow conditions, Tim climbed all the way to the summit of Cayambe (18,993 ft). This is also a new altitude record for him. Big congrats! Peter also enjoyed the climb and reached an altitude of 18,100 ft. After descending safely, the team drove to the beautiful Hacienda Pinsaquí to rest and recover before heading to Antisana and finally Chimborazo. Yesterday, the team visited the Cuicocha crater lake and the indigenous handicraft market of Otavalo, where Peter and Tim could give proof of their bargaining skills and purchase some nice souvenirs.
Today they are moving to high camp on Antisana for the summit bid tonight.
Peter and Tim say hello to family and friends.

More soon!

Cayambe, the third highest mountain in Ecuador
Tim at the summit of Cayambe
Sunrise from the top of Cayambe. Looking east towards the Amazon Rain Forest
Tim descending from the Cayambe summit with Antisana and Cotopaxi in the background
Climbers descending from the Cayambe summit



Good-bye to the Papallacta Hot Springs, Off to the Volcanoes!

Good morning family and friends!

Yesterday we hiked to the Bear’s High Pass (4,385 m/14,386 ft.) located in the Eastern Ecuadorian Range. It took us 5 hours and 20 minutes of steady walking to get up there. The rest of the afternoon was dedicated to rest and recovery before our move up to the base of Cayambe, the third highest mountain in Ecuador. Two team members went to the spa and enjoyed massages. We had dinner in the evening and watched the World Series too!

We are all looking forward to having the first views of Cayambe volcano later on today!

Best to you all!

The Papallacta hot springs
Tim and Gordon with the Parcacocha Lake in the background
Peter hiking uphill with Parcacocha Lake and the high Andean ridges in the background
Antisana from the Papallacta hot springs
Tim in front of the main building at Termas Papallacta
Antisana from the Bear’s High Pass

The 2017-18 Winter Season in Ecuador Starts!

Hello family and friends

We want to welcome Tim and Peter to the Andes of Ecuador. We are happy that Gordon (Alpine Ascents Director of Programs) has joined us for the first part of the trip. Yesterday we visited the beautiful Colonial District of Quito in the company of our very knowledgeable tour guide Maria Esther. Today we hiked to the crater rim of Ruco Pichincha, reaching an altitude of 15,260 feet, which was a new altitude record for Tim. Congrats Tim!

We are currently in the most beautiful hot springs resort in Ecuador, Termas Papallacta, which is located in the cloud forest. Everybody is doing well and in good spirits. On this trip we will attempt to climb three big volcanoes: Cayambe, Antisana and Chimborazo.
We are sending our best to family and friends. Please stay tuned. More soon!

Hiking on Ruco Pichincha. Quito, the Ecuadorian capital city, in the background
The team during a break on Pichincha volcano
The team walking in the Colonial District of Quito
The team in front of one of the Colonial churches
The towers of the Saint Francis Church
The interior of the Saint Francis Church
Ecuadorian traditional snacks

Willi is without a doubt, the finest guide I have ever been associated with. He made this trip totally interesting and a real educational experience from a mountaineering standpoint.



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