Climbing Ecuador’s Volcanos

A trip to Ecuador to climb Chimborazo.

February 20, 2016


“You’re walking down the mountain like a baby giraffe”

After summiting Mt. Rainier and getting a taste for high altitude mountaineering I decided to try my luck at higher elevations. I also love South America and decided to join a trip led by RMI Guides to summit 4 of Ecuador’s volcanoes. Our trip would end with a summit of Chimborazo - the tallest mountain in Ecuador, and the furthest point from the center of the earth and closest to the sun on our planet.

Views from our Hotel Window

Cotopaxi Cotopaxi is the mountain we would have climbed, but it was closed to all mountaineering due to recent volcanic activity and several large eruptions.

Ecuador 4 Acclimatization hike to Quilotoa - a crater lake at 13,000’

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Ecuador 6 Trail workers at Quilotoa in their traditional dress.

El Panecillo, Quito

El Panecillo, Quito El Panecillo - a monument in the city with a large modern aluminum monument to the Virgin Mary

Streets of Quito

The Clock Tower of the Cathedral

At the Equator

Compañía de Jesús, Quito Compañía de Jesús, Quito

Ecuador 8 First Acclimatization hike to Pichincha Volcano - at 15,696’ the summit was the highest point I’d ever been to before, and boy did I feel it.

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Ecuador 33 The market at Otavalo

Ecuador 13 The road to Cambaye

Ecuador 14 The Cambaye Glacier

Cambaye Cambaye

Hacienda Guachalá At Ecuador’s oldest hacienda – Hacienda Guachalá to dry ourselves out.

Victor's Bus Victor’s bus - our transportation through our adventure. Still amazed at the places Victor was able to take this thing.

Antisana On the Road to Antisana

John Philipps Emslie mountains comparisons Chimborazo is second among the peaks of the Americas

Chimborazo First views of Chimborazo

Estrella of Chimborazo The Estrella of Chimborazo - our home while we prepared for our climb

The Shadow of Chimborazo Viewing the shadow of Chimborazo on our ascent - amazing views from 18,000 feet on our way up the mountain.

Chimborazo Summit On the summit of Chimborazo - navigating the frost covered penitentes

Chimborazo Summit Selfi Selfie taken on the summit of Chimborazo

Ecuador 24 Photo with the owner of Estrella of Chimborazo, and the 2nd person ever to obtain it’s summit.

Ecuador 25 Chimborazo

Ecuador 26 View of our route to the summit