Tag: Volcanoes of Ecuador

Ecuador 2019 – TEAM “NEON BANANA” TRAVELS TO COTOPAXI

Hi everyone! Today was a day with several highlights during the journey to the Cotopaxi province. We visited the Otavalo indigenous market and the Middle of the World. When nearing our final destination, we could enjoy a spectacular view of the Cotopaxi volcano. It was really impressive! We are staying at a beautiful colonial Hacienda […]

Ecuador 2019 – TEAM “NEON BANANA” REVIEWS GLACIER SKILLS ON CAYAMBE

Hi everyone! Dave, David and Rob came up with a name for the team at breakfast time after an unexpected bright apparition. Then, they traveled by 4 wheel-drive up to the Cayambe Hut. From the hut, they hiked up to the beginning of the glacier to review skills and to further acclimate. The weather cooperated: […]

Ecuador 2019 – FANTASTIC WEATHER DURING SECOND ACLIMATION HIKE

Hello family and friends! The team woke up to awesome views of Antisana, the fourth highest mountain in Ecuador. They hiked to Parcacocha lake (13,350 ft) enjoying beautiful landscapes along the way. The round trip took them 5 hours. They are all adjusting to the altitude very well. They are back to the hot springs […]

THE 2019 SUMMER CLIMBING SEASON IN ECUADOR BEGINS!

Hi everyone! The first Alpine Ascents team of the climbing season in Ecuador has arrived to this beautiful Andean country. We want to welcome to Dave, Rob and David. They visited the Colonial District of the Ecuadorian capital city Quito yesterday and this morning hiked (and scrambled) to the summit of Ruco Pichincha. It took […]

Ecuador Team 5 “FUEGO” SUMMITS CHIMBORAZO!

Hi everyone! The team had a fantastic climb on Chimborazo, the highest mountain in Ecuador! The weather was beautiful. According to our guiding team: “It does not get any better than this”. The night was windless and starry, the snow conditions were good. The sunrise was unforgettable and the morning enjoyable. The Stubel glacier variation […]

Ecuador Team 5 “FUEGO” Attempts Cotopaxi

Hello family and friends! The team attempted Cotopaxi last night. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate this time. The climbers were going strong, feeling well acclimated, braved the wind up to about 5.500 meters / 18.000 feet but since their technical clothing and climbing gear was getting covered with a thick armor of ice and […]

Ecuador Team 5 “FUEGO” Summits Cayambe!

Hi everyone! The team had an amazing climb on Cayambe! The weather was good and all team members had a great time. They started the climb at midnight in a starry night, scrambled the rocky step, roped up and negotiated the glacier to get to the “Picos Jarrin” rock outcrop. Everyone was doing well and […]

Ecuador Team 5 “FUEGO” Reviews Skills on Cayambe

Hello everybody! Today, we hiked up the beginning of the glacier on Cayambe located at an altitude of 16,100 feet to review skills and acclimate. We practiced self arrest, flat footing cramponing techniques, front pointing, glacier travel and crevasse rescue. The team had lots of fun and nobody struggled with the altitude. We returned to […]

Ecuador Team 5 “FUEGO” TRAVELS TO THE FOOT OF CAYAMBE VOLCANO

Hi everyone! Today we went on a short acclimation hike the top of “La Virgen” high pass ( 4,391 m / 14,406 ft). Everybody performed really well as usual. “Fuego” which means “Fire” in Spanish was chosen as the name for the team. Don’t ask me why 🙂 Then we continue traveling and visited the […]

Ecuador Team 5 – PARCACOCHA LAKE & THE BAÑOS WATERFALL

Hello family and friends! Continuing with our acclimatization schedule, we hiked through an impressive group of mountain lakes. Team members felt great all the way to the main goal of today’s hike: the Parcacocha lake (4,069 m/13,350 ft.) where we had lunch while enjoying the views. An Andean owl could be heard but we could […]

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