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 […]


  • 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