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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 […]

David enjoys views of Antisana and the Papallacta Lakes

Hello family and friends. We hope everyone is doing alright. We woke up early this morning to fantastic views of Antisana (the fourth highest mountain in Ecuador) and the high ridges surrounding our hot springs resort. We took a second acclimatization hike up to 13.100 feet with great views of the Papallacta lakes. David is […]

David climbing in Ecuador before traveling south to Aconcagua

Wishing a happy International Mountain Day to all! David celebrated by getting to the summit of Ruco Pichincha! (15,413 feet) He is in great shape and highly motivated to try to climb seven mountains in the Ecuadorian, Chilean and Argentinian Andes in seven weeks. Pichincha was the first! It was a very auspicious start to […]

Volcanoes of Ecuador Team #2 Acclimating in the Andes

Hello family and friends! The second Alpine Ascents team of the winter season in Ecuador is currently enjoying the comforts of a hot springs resort located in the cloud forest. Marina and Richard have finished their second acclimatization hike. They are doing well and adjusting gradually to the altitude. The team has enjoyed beautiful views. […]

The Team Attempts Chimborazo

Hello family and friends. The team moved to the foot of the highest mountain in Ecuador where they prepared for their summit bid. They left camp at about midnight and after one and a half hours of steady climbing reached the foot of the Stubel Glacier. Unfortunately, they found very hard ice all the way […]

Team Summits Antisana on a Perfect Day! Chimborazo Next

Tim and Jose Luis summited Antisana after a 7 hour climb. They were the only climbers on the mountain that day. When asked about the weather and conditions on the mountain, they answered: “It does not get any better than this. It was a perfect day…” They enjoyed fantastic views. After their successful climb, they […]


  • Staying Hydrated in the Backcountry

    Sometimes the harsh environment encountered in mountaineering can make even the simplest tasks difficult. Staying hydrated is a perfect example – something that is among the most banal of tasks in the lowcountry can become exceedingly complicated in a cold, snowy environment. When all available water is locked up in solid form as snow or […]

  • webbing, anchor, water knot


    The following is the fifth in a series of “how-to” videos on the major knots and hitches used in the mountains. Stay tuned for more videos on knots like the bowline and ring bend, and hitches like the Klemheist and Prusik! The water knot is a simple knot used to tie two ends of webbing […]

  • Knots and Hitches: The Figure 8 Follow Through

    The following is the fifth in a series of “how-to” videos on the major knots and hitches we use in the mountains. Stay tuned for more videos on knots like the bowline, ring bend- and hitches like the Klemheist & Prusik! The Figure 8 follow through is a standard knot used for many different purposes […]

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