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Summer 2018 Team On to Chimborazo

On Tuesday we set out on our summit attempt on Cotopaxi but, like on Cayambe, the strong winds forced us to turn around. This time we reached an altitude of 17,720 ft.
Yesterday we travelled from the Cotopaxi National Park to Riobamba, where we spent the night at the the cozy Abraspungo Hostelry.
Today we left the comfort of Abraspungo and drove with our bus up to the hut on Chimborazo. From there, we hiked 2 hours to Stübel Camp where we set up our tents and prepared for the climb of Chimborazo, the highest mountain in Ecuador.
The team members are looking forward to the climb and say hello to family and friends.

Summer 2018 Team Preparing for Cotopaxi

The Alpine Ascents climbers have arrived to the base of Cotopaxi, the second highest mountain in Ecuador. They are getting ready for their summit attempt tonight. The climbers are feeling optimistic and highly motivated. The mountain is clear but it still looks windy up there. We are keeping our fingers crossed for the wind to subside. Wishing the team a great and safe climb! More soon. Stay tuned.
PS.- They all say hi to family and friends

Cotopaxi seen from the Tambopaxi Lodge

Summer 2018 Team On to Ecuador’s Second Highest Peak: Cotopaxi

Hello everybody!
On Saturday we attempted to summit Cayambe but had to turn around at 16,000ft because of very high winds.
We still greatly enjoyed the climb and even more the beautiful colonial Hacienda Pinsaquí, where we spent the last two nights. Yesterday we visited Cuicocha lake and the famous Otavalo Market.
Right now we are on our way to the Cotopaxi National Park and our next objective: Cotopaxi. We are all doing fine and are very optimistic regarding our climb tonight. The weather has improved and the wind is reportedly not too strong on Cotopaxi at the moment.
Thanks for staying tuned as the adventure continues!
Cotopaxi from Hacienda San Agustin de Callo
The team feeding llamas at Hacienda San Agustin
Hacienda San Agustin de Callo

Summer 2018 Team – Glacier Training on Cayambe

Today we did a glacier skills review on the glacier of Cayambe at an altitude of 16,300ft. It was quite windy but the sky was clear and we could enjoy great views.
Tomorrow we will meet the rest of our guides and head up to the Cayambe hut.
Everybody is doing fine and says “hi” to their family and loved ones.
 

Summer 2018 Ecuador Climbing Begins!

Hello family and friends! We want to welcome to Ecuador the team members Amy and Jeb, Elizabeth and Daniel, Ashley, Austin, David, Jason and Matthew. They are all doing well and acclimating to the altitude in order to attempt the three highest mountains in Ecuador: Cayambe, Cotopaxi and Chimborazo. As part of their acclimatization process, they all summited Ruco Pichincha, an old volcano located in the vacinity of the Ecuadorian capital city: Quito. The summit of this rocky peak (15,413 feet) was a new altitude record for some team members. Congratulations!
They have just completed a second acclimatization hike through a spectacular group of mountain lakes and are currently enjoying the most beautiful hot springs in the country.
Tomorrow, they are moving to the Cayambe basecamp. This big volcano is the third highest mountain in the Ecuadorian Andes. They are all excited  and motivated!
Please follow their climbs. More soon!

The team in the Ecuadorian cloud forest
The team during a break while acclimating in the mountain lakes
The team hiking on Ruco Pichincha

 

Great trip.  Ecuador is a fantastic country and virtually all of the people we dealt with were hard working and pleasant. We have traveled around the world and have to say this was our best trip ever.

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