Hi everyone! The team hiked to Parcacocha lake this morning (4,069 m/13,350 ft.). The weather cooperated so they could enjoy beautiful scenary along the journey. It was a little windy sometimes but not too bad. They are feeling great and acclimating without problems. Tomorrow the team is moving to the foot of the third highest volcano in Ecuador: Cayambe. They are currently relaxing in the hot pools and say hi to family and friends.
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Hi everyone! Junia, Kristin, Eric and Levi have started their high altitude adventure in Ecuador! They visited the Colonial District of Quito and summited their first peak: Ruco Pichincha. They all performed really well during this acclimatization hike. They are at Termas Hot Springs Resort and send their best to family and friends.
Hello family and friends. Happy to announce that David Phillips took the “Neon Banana” flag to the main summit of Chimborazo together with guides Nicolas Miranda and Manuel Calapiña. It was an awesome performance from the team. It took them 6 hours and 10 minutes to get to the Whymper summit from the Stubel camp. The weather was fantastic! Snow conditions were great! Below what David says about the Chimborazo climb and the AAI trip in general: “It was the culmination of 1/2 a years preparation, physically and mentally, to attempt 3 high alpine peaks in Ecuador back to back. Jose, Nico, and Manuel, as well as support from Patricio and Juan at the San Gabriel climbers lodge, made the trip more memorable and enjoyable than any other experience that I’ve had with AAI over the last 7 years around the world. The Ecuador trip and accommodations were stunning in every respect and would do it all over again without hesitation, truly an under-appreciated gem in South American climbing. Thanks for everything!” Thanks to you David and Rob and Dave. It was a memorable trip and a great and fun team. Keep climbing!
Photos by David and Rob.
Hi everyone. This morning following our successful summit, we left Cotopaxi to travel south along the Avenue of Volcanoes to our final climbing goal, the 20,560 ft. summit of Chimborazo. We stopped to rest for the night at another beautiful hacienda, the Hacienda Abraspungo before, we push into our base camp tomorrow afternoon. Best, Rob Yovich
Photos: Rob Yovich
Hi everyone! The weather cooperated and the entire Alpine Ascents team reached the summit of Cotopaxi (19,347 feet) this morning. Big congrats to David, Dave and Rob! They are all very happy by their achievement. It was a well deserved reward after having endured stormy weather on Cayambe. It took them 7 hours to get to the summit and 3 hours to come back down. A great performance at that altitude. Cotopaxi is the second highest mountain in Ecuador. Dave departed for the States after the climb as he was on the 12 Day Trip. Safe travels! You will be missed! David and Rob are sharing below some of the pictures that they took during the climb. Chimborazo is next for the two of them.
All the best, Team “Neon Banana”
Absolutely outstanding program on every level! The itinerary was the perfect blend of cultural experience, acclimatization before climbs and recovery after climbs. There was not one dull moment, yet I never felt rushed or unprepared.