Guide: Ramiro Garrido
Climbers: Patrick M., Jo M. Natallia Bo., Adam J.
Feb. 17, 2020
We started in a modern part of town and made our way to the old town which has a lot of architecture dating from colonial times. We saw some beautiful churches too and then visited the National Museum of Ecuador. Our team especially enjoyed the exhibits on the pre-Columbian history of the country.
It looks like we will be having good weather tomorrow for our acclimatization ascent of Rucu Pichincha (15,413 ft / 4698 m). It's a good forecast and everyone is looking forward to our second big hike and scramble. After that, we will drive north to Hacienda Guachala which is a beautiful place on the gentle slopes on the approach to Cayambe. I think our team is going to really enjoy the scenery and the food there!
The next morning, we will drive up a rough road to the hut on Cayambe and do a little walking at the higher altitude. The next day we will work on glacier climbing skills on the lower glacier, and then that night around midnight will will begin our summit attempt on Cayambe (18,996 ft / 5790 m). This is going to be a lot of fun, and the climbing conditions on the glacier should be quite good.
We'll try to call again in a few days. That's the news for now.