Tag: Volcanoes of Ecuador

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 […]

Ecuador Volcanoes Team 3 (Now Team “Roughing It”) Summits Cotopaxi!

Hi everyone, The team did it again: 100% summit success! This time on Cotopaxi (5,897 meters / 19,347 feet), the second highest mountain in Ecuador. Congratulations!!! The  weather cooperated once more and during the climb, they rejoiced at the fantastic views from up there.  We will let the pictures speak for themselves about the beauty […]

Ecuador Volcanoes Team 3 Climbs Cayame – 100% Summit Success!

Hello family and friends, First of all we want to say Happy Birthday to Matt who celebrated by getting to the summit of Cayambe which is the third highest mountain in the Americas north of the  Equator line. All team members summited this big and impressive volcano. Congratulations!!! The team started the climb at 11:45 […]


  • Guide Trip Report: Denali Traverse

    by Sam Hennessey Climbing in the Alaska Range in late spring sometimes feels like stepping into another world. The endless daylight, and the sheer contrast of Denali towering over the rest of the state gives it an atmosphere like no other. For the last decade, Michael Gardner and I have stared down from the upper […]

  • Epic Climbs That Might Not Be on Your Radar

    ‘Twas the night before Rainier dates were released, when all through the land Many a climber was stirring, contemplating high altitude plans so grand Their crampons were placed in the gear bin with care In hopes to use them on Rainier in weather so fair My timer was set for the exact release time To […]

  • Dear Alpine Ascents: Backcountry Quilts

    Hey Alpine, I’m headed out to Washington in mid-September for a 6-day course (stoked) and I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about backcountry quilts.  Apparently all the cool-kid alpinists are using them.  Can I bring one on my course? Sincerely, Steve House in Training  Hi Steve House in Training, Thanks for reaching out […]

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