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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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” […]

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, […]

Ecuador Volcanoes Team Vacavengers Reach Veintimilla Summit on Chimborazo!

Hello from Ecuador. All team members climbed to the Veintimilla summit (20,561 feet) on Chimborazo. Congratulations!!! They started their ascent at about midnight and after 6 hours  of sustained climbing reached this summit. However, a lenticular cloud, stationed at the top of the mountain made things more complicated for them so they decided not to […]

Ecuador Volcanoes Team Vacavengers did it again! 100% Summit success on Antisana

Hola family and friends! All team members summited Antisana! They all performed really well during the climb. They started their summit attempt at midnight in good weather and got to the feature known as “the saddle” before sunrise.  With the first sun rays, they could enjoy fantastic views. They got to the final challenging bergschrund […]

Ecuador Volcanoes Team Vacavengers 100% Summit Success on Cayambe!

Hello family and friends! All team members made it to the summit of Cayambe (18,993ft / 5,789m) in beautiful weather! Snow conditions were perfect too. It took them 7 hours to reach the summit of the third highest mountain in Ecuador and 3 hours to return to the hut. The enjoyed fantastic views of the […]

Ecuador Volcanoes Team 5 Completes Second Acclimatization Hike

Hello family and friends! Today, the team hiked up to the Parcacocha lake located at an altitude of 13,350 feet enjoying fantastic views of Antisana (the fourth highest mountain in Ecuador). Everybody performed great. They are all adjusting well to the altitude. Two team members decided to soak in the waters of the lake (they […]

Ecuador Volcanoes Team 5 Acclimates on Pichincha

Hello family and friends. Team members are doing well and feeling enthusiastic and optimistic since the weather in the Ecuadorian Andes has dramatically improved in the last two weeks. Yesterday, they visited the Colonial District of Quito and today they all summited Pichincha (4,698 m / 15,413 feet) in beautiful weather. The team is currently […]


  • Single Wall Tents – Condensation Factories

    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 […]

  • Alpine Start Breakfast

    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.  

  • Guide Spotlight: Dawa Yangzum Sherpa

    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 […]

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