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
Posted on July 16, 2018
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
Summer 2018 Team On to Ecuador’s Second Highest Peak: Cotopaxi
Posted on July 16, 2018
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!
Summer 2018 Team – Glacier Training on Cayambe
Posted on July 13, 2018
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!
Posted on July 10, 2018
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!
Volcanoes of Ecuador Cybercasts Archives
Alpine Ascents provides family and friends the opportunity to follow our climbs as they proceed. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology, we receive regular audio dispatches from the climbers and post them on our website. Not only does one feel the excitement of watching a team as it moves up the mountain, the archived cybercasts provide an excellent resource and learning tool when researching expeditions. Enjoy the show!
Most tent manufacturers these days offer a superlight, two pound (or less!) tent. These tents are simple to setup, occupy a very small footprint, and again – weigh in at about or under two pounds. When choosing a tent, it’s easy to focus on those factors and arrive at the conclusion that a single-walled shelter […]
When summit morning arrives, it’s important to move efficiently through packing, preparation, and last but not least – breakfast! Mike Hawkins talks through a few of the foods we like to eat for quick fuel on alpine start mornings. Whether it’s midnight or 3:00am, these options are our go-to fast breakfasts.
While Alpine Ascents is fortunate to work with dozens of world-class guides and climbers, we are especially grateful to work with Dawa Yangzum Sherpa. Hailing from Nepal’s Rolwaling Himal, Dawa’s resume includes numerous 8000m ascents (Everest, Cho Oyu, K2), successful entries in high-altitude ultra-marathons, time spent as a climbing ranger on Mount Rainier, and instructorship […]