Jeff, José, and I have made a safe and successful ascent of Cayambe volcano! After we finished our acclimatization hikes near Quito we departed for Cayambe hut at an elevation of 15,250 feet. After a hour of driving from Hacienda Guachala we took our expedition vehicle across rocky and steep terrain toward Cayambe. The hut was beautifully located and provided spectacular views of the mountain. After three days of glacier training we prepared our gear and left at 11pm for the summit. After 7 hours of climbing we made it over the last crevasse and to the top on a crystal clear day just as the sun came up over the horizon. We were the first climbing team to reach the summit 🙂 We had an amazing adventure and thank our guide José Luis for his expert guidance and support! I will be posting additional photos from our expedition to the Madison Mountaineering Facebook page!
Photos taken below by Andrew Tierney using a GoPro Hero 4 Black and iPhone 6. Enjoy! 🙂
Dinner at Hacienda Guachala. The Hacienda Guachalá is known as the oldest hacienda in Ecuador, and the most important hacienda until the middle of the 20th century. The oldest buildings date from the year 1580!
Breakfast with a view at Hacienda Guachala.
Middle of the World!
Happy Birthday Jeff! 🙂 Mountain Birthday’s are the best!
Jeff with Cayambe in the background!
Glacier training on Cayambe.
Ladder training in preparation for Jeff’s upcoming Everest ascent!
Andrew enjoying the fixed ropes and ladders on Cayambe!
Jeff preparing to cross the ladder.
Andrew on the summit of Cayambe!
Jeff on the summit of Cayambe! Rise & Shine!
Spectacular sunrise across Ecuador!
Last sunset before we made our ascent!
Yesterday Jeff, José, and I summited Pichincha in record time and enjoyed panoramic views of Cayambe, Cotopaxi (active), and many other notorious mountains across Ecuador. Once we reached the summit at 15,700 feet we had lunch and continued to acclimate as we prepare for the journey to Cayambe hut today. After our climb we checked out of our hotel in Quito and drove a short distance to Hacienda Guachala, a famous establishment that dates back to 1580! As we fell asleep we enjoyed a warm fire in our room and woke up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee on our patio. Today we will journey to the Cayambe hut and begin to review the technical skills that we will need for the climb. Service will become harder to find but I will try and update the blog as soon as I am able. Onward!
Photos taken below by Andrew Tierney
Bouldering across a rock field as we make our way up Pichincha.
Jeff and José Luis climbing up the last few steps of Pichincha!
Jeff and Andrew at the summit of Pichincha (15,700 feet).
Beautiful views looking over the city of Quito from Pichincha!
Today Jeff Glasbrenner and I explored the rolling country side and completed acclimatization hikes near Quito. We cruised to the top of Pasochoa at 13,860 ft and bagged another nearby summit as well. After a day of hiking we explored the beautiful city of Quito where we saw the historic sites and had an authentic Ecuadorian dinner in town. Tomorrow we will continue to acclimate to the altitude with our amazing guide, José Luis, and climb Pinchincha at 15,700 ft. The weather is beautiful and our team is very excited to begin our journey to Cayambe in the days to come.
To the top!
Photos taken using DJI Phantom 3 Professional drone and GoPro Hero4. Enjoy!
Virgin of El Panecillo overlooking the city of Quito
Church of San Francisco
One of my favorite shots looking over the city of Quito!
Basílica del Voto Nacional – Quito
Rolling layers of fog made for a beautiful picture here from the summit of Pasochoa (13,860′).
Jeff and I taking our first summit photo! More to come!!
Our adventure rig for the week!
Climbing down from Pasochoa over the rolling hills outside of Quito
Palace in the Plaza Grande
Church of La Compañía de Jesús
Today our Ecuador climbing team had a relaxing day on Quilotoa Lake, a water-filled caldera that is also the most western volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes. The day was filled with gorgeous panoramic views and blue skies as Estalin, Luke and Zack prepare for the ascent of Chimborazo tomorrow! Tonight the team will be organizing gear and preparing for the next day’s climb to our high camp on Chimborazo. On summit day, the team will begin to climb before dawn, and reach the summit of Chimborazo (20,560ft) shortly after sunrise with good weather conditions. The summit of Chimborazo is the closest point to the sun and provides climbers a spectacular mountain top view!
Estalin Suárez Valladolid continues to share his beautiful photographs shown below of this amazing journey through Ecuador! Enjoy 🙂
Our team waiting for lunch, Luke looks hungry!
Luke and Zack enjoying the descent!
Luke and Zack spending time exploring near Quilotoa Lake!
Luke and Zack taking in the beautiful country side near Chimborazo!
Team bonding at the lodge!
Stunning view from Quilotoa Lake, only a day of relaxation before Chimborazo!
A short walk up to Cerro Chalata near Chimborazo lodge.
Summit of Cerro Chalata at (4,230 m/13,874 ft)!