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Chimboazo summit!

Our final climb on the Ecuador Volcanoes expedition culminates with 100% summit success on Chimborazo, the highest peak in Ecuador!  Terray Sylvester, expedition leader, provides this final dispatch for this very successful expedition:

Hello, this is Terray calling in for the Madison Mountaineering Ecuador Volcanoes expedition.  It’s February 3rd.  Today we climbed Chimborazo, the last major peak on our trip.  We had a great climb!  100% success – everyone summited.

We left camp about midnight and we had excellent climbing conditions with nice firm snow, just great for cramponing, all the way up the normal route.  So, we all topped out on the Whymper Summit, about 20,500 ft.  Chimborazo is located on the Earth’s equatorial bulge so the summit of Chimborazo is actually the farthest point on the Earth’s surface from the center of the Earth – which is a cool fact.

Then we descend back to high camp, packed up our things, and went down and met our waiting tour bus.  Then we came back to Quito.  So we just finished our farewell dinner and we’re preparing for our flights home tomorrow.

Before we climbed Chimborazo, we stopped by a lab in Riobamba and took COVID tests.  We all have our negative COVID results in hand so we will be able to reenter the U.S. smoothly tomorrow.

That wraps up a great trip.  We actually had 100% success on every peak we climbed on this expedition.  We did three acclimatization summits and then climbed Cotopaxi and Chimborazo and everyone made it to the summit on every climb!  So, all in all a successful trip and we are looking forward to coming back to Ecuador!

The route in the alpenglow last night

The route in the alpenglow last night

Early this morning while climbing in the moonlight

Early this morning while climbing in the moonlight

The walk across the saddle between the Veintimilla Summit (false summit) and the Whymper Summit (true summit)

The walk across the saddle between the Veintimilla Summit (false summit) and the Whymper Summit (true summit)

The walk across the saddle between the Veintimilla Summit (false summit) and the Whymper Summit (true summit)

The walk across the saddle between the Veintimilla Summit (false summit) and the Whymper Summit (true summit)

Reaching the summit of Chimborazo

Reaching the summit of Chimborazo

Chimboazo summit!

Chimboazo summit!

Chimboazo summit!

Chimboazo summit!

Chimboazo summit!

Chimboazo summit!

The team back at the bus at the end of the day

The team back at the bus at the end of the day


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The alpenglow at Chimborazo high camp

Tonight is the night!  The Ecuador Volcanoes team is in place at high camp (5329m/17,484ft) on Chimborazo and resting up before starting for the summit and furthest point from the center of the Earth in just a few hours.  Our expedition leader, Terray Sylvester provides this expedition dispatch:

Hello, this is Terray calling in for the Madison Mountaineering Ecuador Volcanoes expedition. It’s February 2nd and we are all safely up in Chimborazo high camp (5329m/17,484ft).  Everybody’s doing really well with the altitude.

It had a bit of a cloudy walk-up, kind of in a, just in a fog until we got to camp.  But we just finished dinner and the clouds burned off and we’re looking up at thunderheads, looking out at thunderheads piled up, catching the alpenglow over the Pacific Ocean – beautiful carpet of clouds.  We can see Cotopaxi off to the north over the shoulder of Chimborazo.

We’re all just hanging out outhere, taking photos of the alpenglow on false summit of Chimborazo, which is a couple of thousand of feet above us.  We can see our route, it’s in good condition!  Forecast for tomorrow is not bad, so we are hoping for good climbing conditions and we’re going to crawl into our sleeping bags now, get a little rest, and then get up at 11:00 PM, have some breakfast, and start climbing.

So, we’ll be in touch!

A Cloud shrouded Chimborazo

A Cloud shrouded Chimborazo

Climbers hiking to Chimborazo's high camp

Hiking to Chimborazo’s high camp

Climbers transitioning on to snow before reaching Chimborazo's high camp

Transitioning on to snow before reaching Chimborazo’s high camp

Climber at Chimborazo high camp

Chimborazo high camp

The view of distant thunderheads from Chimborazo high camp

The view of distant thunderheads from Chimborazo high camp

Chimborazo high camp

Chimborazo high camp (5329m/17,484ft)


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Baños de Agua Santa, Ecuador

Our Ecuador Volcanoes team spent the day having fun and resting up in Baños in preparation for the expedition’s culminating climb of Chimborazo.  Here’s today’s expedition dispatch from Terray Sylvester, expedition leader:

Hello, this is Terray calling in for the Madison Mountaineering Ecuador Volcanoes expedition. It’s February 1st.  Today we’re resting in preparation for our ascent of Ecuador’s highest volcano, Chimborazo.  We are in the town of Baños de Agua Santa, which means Baths of Holy Water.  It’s a hot springs resort town at the foot of an active volcano.

We spent all day resting.  We started out the day by doing a one-kilometer long zip-line high above the Rio Pastaza which flows down into the Amazon basin.  Then we checked out the biggest of, just one of dozens of, waterfalls that are in the area.  We did a swing which sent us pretty high above the cloud forest.  It was pretty exciting.  Then we came back to Baños, back into town to have lunch and now we are just resting.

We’ll get to bed and wake up early for our drive through Riobamba and then over to the foot of Chimborazo and our hike up to our high camp, which is at 17,500 ft.  We should have cell reception and, of course, satellite comms from high camp tomorrow, so I’ll be in touch then!

One of the many waterfalls around Banos

Checking out the wallfalls of the Rio Pastaza

Mary Lynne and Jonathan enjoying the scenic waterfalls

The amazing sights of Banos, Ecuador

Ready to do some zip-lining!

Swinging high above the cloud forest


In addition to these expedition dispatches, you can also follow our teams as they make their attempts on the world’s most formidable mountains on:

Amazon Alexa devices with the Madison Mountaineering Flash Briefing skill:

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