Hi everyone! Cortney, Ayelet, Julie and Vladimir are in Ecuador! Yesterday, they visited the beautiful Colonial District of the Ecuadorian capital city and today they went on their first acclimation hike to Pichincha mountain (15,413 feet). The summit of this old volcano was a new altitude record for some of them! Congratulations!!! They all performed very well along this hike at altitude. At the end of the hike, they remembered their childhood by playing on the highest swing set in Ecuador! Please see attached picture. Then, they traveled to a nice hot springs resort located in the cloud forest. The cloud forest was actually not cloudy but sunny and clear to the delight of the group. They could even see Antisana which is the fourth highest mountain in Ecuador. The team sends their best to family and friends. Stay tuned for more! Thanks for following.
Hi everyone! Huge congratulations to Alpine Ascents climbers and guides!!! They did it again! This time, they climbed the second highest mountain in Ecuador: Cotopaxi (5,897 m/ 19,347ft). The weather was fantastic! Tristan, Peter, Chuck, Nico, Roberto and Jose Luis joined forces together with Santiago and Bobby (who were on an Alpine Ascents Private Trip) for this summit climb. The say that the views from the summit were magnificent: the gigantic crater and mountains such as Chimborazo and Antisana. Thanks much to Tristan who is sharing the pictures that he took with his drone up there. They sent their best to family and friends. Thanks for tuning in. More soon!
Hello family and friends! Happy to announce that all team members summited Cayambe! Chuck, Peter and Tristan are doing well and they say that they were really impressed by the beauty of the mountain and the views from up there. The itinerary allowed them an optimal acclimatization and they took advantage of the great weather, snow conditions and a windless night and morning to summit the third highest mountain in Ecuador: Cayambe (5,789 m/18,993 ft.), the only place on Earth where the latitude and temperature are both 0 degrees. Big congrats to the team!!! They sent some pictures from the climb for everybody to enjoy. They are off to Cotopaxi now! Thanks for following!
Hello everyone! The team had a good night of sleep at the Yanacocha lodge and are feeling optimistic about tonight’s summit attempt on Cayambe. They reviewed self rescue technique in the morning and are currently preparing for the move up to the Cayambe hut from where they will start the climb at midnight. The weather looks good! Wish them luck! Thanks for tuning in!
Hi everyone! Today, the team traveled by four wheel drive up to the Cayambe Hut. During the first stage of the drive, they had to endure cow traffic for about 15 minutes until an unexpected cow fall cleared the way to the hut. Nicolas whose nick name is “Secret Weapon” demonstrated great driving skills along a sometimes very muddy road. Once at the hut, team members put harnesses, helmets and mountaineering boots on and started the approach hike up to the glacier. They reached the beginning of it in about an hour. Then, it was time to review climbing skills. They also roped up and climbed to 16,300 feet. Visibility was good in the morning but clouds rolled in and they could not see much in the afternoon.
They are happy with their performance today and are looking forward to having a good climb tomorrow night. Tristan, Chuck and Peter sent their best to family and friends. More soon!
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!