Tag: Volcanoes of Ecuador


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Hi everyone! Cayambe, has the special distinction of being the third highest mountain in the Americas north of the Equator line. John, Travis, Chris and Steve reached its summit yesterday morning in beautiful weather. Congratulations! They began the ascent at about midnight and after eight hours of climbing got to the top of this big […]

Volcanoes of Ecuador Team 4 Gets Started

Hi everyone! Wishing you all had a very happy holiday season! Alpine Ascents climbers arrived to Ecuador and started their trip visiting the Colonial District of Quito and hiking on Ruco Pichincha volcano and the Papallacta lakes. They are all coping well with the altitude. They are enjoying the comforts of the hot springs resort […]

Ecuador Volcanoes 2018: More Photos from Chimborazo

Photos: Santiago Espinosa

Ecuador Volcanoes Team “ROUGHING IT” Climbs Chimborazo.

Hi everyone! Team members Eric and Andrew took the team’s flag to the Veintimilla summit on Chimborazo (6,267 m / 20,561 ft)! It was a cold and windy night and morning. The Alpine Ascents climbers braved the adverse weather for several hours and were rewarded by attaining what is for now the highest summit of […]


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    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 […]

  • 3-Day Rainier Climb: Lunchtime

    So you’ve signed up for our 3-day climb of Mount Rainier, but are wondering what to pack for lunch each day. While we provide delicious, masterfully prepared, real-ingredient meals for breakfast and dinner, you’re right to take extra time to consider your snacks (known as “lunch” in the frontcountry!). Calories are fuel, and are almost […]

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    Camp Chef: Pesto Couscous

    Welcome to our recurring series- Camp Chef! In this series of posts, we will discuss cooking in the backcountry and highlight some of our favorite recipes to use in a variety of situations. We will focus on simple, easy, and nutritious recipes that have proven delicious in the mountain environment, and offer related tips & […]

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