Congratulations to Team El Chucho on their summit of Cotopaxi! (5,897 meters/ 19,347 feet)

Hi, this is Magali reporting for Team El Chucho in the Volcanoes of Ecuador for Wednesday, August 7th. Yesterday we hiked with our mountaineering gear to a hut located (at 15,750 feet or 4,800 meters) at the base of the most coveted mountain in all of Ecuador, called Cotopaxi. Cotopaxi is 19,350 feet or 5,900 meters high and is the world’s third most climbed mountain after Mount Kilimanjaro and Mont Blanc.

Last night we watched the sunset color the summit of the mountain; the weather was clear. We had an early dinner, went to bed early right afterwards, woke up at midnight, and eight of us at that time set off to summit the mountain at about one in the morning.

The climb started with scree which is the loose rock and sand, then a glaciated section, followed by another section of scree mixed in with ice, before reaching snow until the summit. Our route wasn’t named “Heartbreaker” for nothing.

Seven of us summited in blizzard conditions with snow falling and winds raging about sixty miles per hour. The descent was a challenge for our tired bodies. We ended up staying in a wonderful lodge for a well-deserved rest and recovery.

Our next and last climb has us ascend Chimborazo during the overnight Friday through Saturday. Chimborazo is the highest mountain in Ecuador (stands at 20,400 feet with 6,300 feet).

Until then we’re just doing R & R. Cheers! Talk to you later.

sunset on summit of Cotopaxi‏

Summit photo - Cotopaxi‏ todd, will, magali and pepe

second batch - Cotopaxi summit photo‏,


  • Ice Axes: Selecting a Size & Style

    An ice axe is a critical piece of mountain equipment. Not only does it need to be suited for the terrain you will be encountering on a given peak, but it also needs to be sized correctly. As with most gear, the array of choices can be overwhelming, so we are going to break down […]

  • Two silhouettes clink beverages in the early morning in view of the Andes Mountains.

    Expedition Mindset: When “Showing Up” Means More than Physically Arriving

    The anticipation and physical preparation have been exhausting. The iron has been pumped. You have been ripping up stair sets for breakfast. Every precious ounce of your kit is honed. But have you stretched your expedition mindset? An expedition is much more than the physical climb of a single mountain. For several weeks you will […]

  • Tents near Denali Base Camp.

    What to Expect: Denali Expeditions

    In this series, we break down what to expect at the start of our expeditions. Where will you stay? Are there any tips or tricks to make the trip begin more smoothly? Though a Denali expedition can last 20+ days, the first two days can set the tone for the rest of the journey. While […]

Partners & Accreditations

Alpine Ascents International is an authorized mountain guide service of Denali National Park and Preserve and Mount Rainier National Park.
© Copyright 2019 All Rights Reserved. Alpine Ascents International