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Chimborazo summit
Yesterday our team reached the summit of Chimborazo (6263m/20,543ft) – Ecuador’s highest peak and the closest point to the Moon and furthest from Earth’s center! Garrett, Victor (@VictorVescovo), and Estalin left their high camp on Chimborazo (5304m/17,400ft) at midnight and climbed through a mild electrical storm (lightning) to reach the summit at 6 AM on a clear morning.
They had some nice views at the top of this massive glaciated volcano, then made their way down and are now safely back in Quito. They feel very lucky as the previous week the weather and route conditions (snowstorms, deep and unstable snow) made it impossible for climbers to reach the summit of Chimborazo.
This concludes our private expedition to Ecuador, next up is our Mount Everest and Lhotse expedition in Nepal that kicks off in a couple of weeks! Stay tuned!

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Victor V. and Garrett on the summit of Cotopaxi!

The Madison Mountaineering team of Victor Vescovo (@VictorVescovo), Estalin Suarez, and Garrett Madison had a great climb of Cotopaxi (5897m/19,347ft)! Despite some challenging weather conditions over the last few days their summit morning was nice with some great views from the top!

Victor’s ice axe has been with him to the top of Everest, the bottom of the ocean (Mariana Trench Challenger Deep) during his Five Deeps Expedition and now the summit of Cotopaxi. The climbers were also able to test out their Omega Speedmaster Moonwatches on the climb, the first watch worn on the Moon! Thanks to Omega for helping sponsor the climb!

The team is resting in Banos for a day before heading off to Chimborazo, Ecuador’s highest peak and the closest point to the sun. Fingers crossed for good weather and route conditions, as recent teams have turned back on their Chimborazo summit attempts due to deep snow.


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Garrett, Victor, and Estalin in Ecuador

Our team of Garrett MadisonVictor Vescovo (@VictorVescovo), and Estalin Suarez have begun their mountaineering program by acclimatizing on some ancient and extinct volcanoes before heading to their first objective, Cotopaxi (5897m/19,347ft)! They’ve trekked up PashachoaRuminahui, and are heading to Cotopaxi tomorrow evening to make their first summit attempt. Cotopaxi is a stratovolcano, the second-highest peak in Ecuador and one of the highest active volcanoes in the world.

So far the team has enjoyed some cool and moist weather in the lush countryside.

Stay tuned as they make their way up Cotopaxi and later Chimborazo, Ecuador’s highest peak and also the furthest point from the center of the Earth.


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Our Ecuador Volcanoes team is in a position for their attempt at the summit of Ecuador’s highest mountain, Chimborazo!  Lead guide, Estalin Suárez has the day’s audio expedition dispatch:

Hello, this is Estalin calling in for the Madison Mountaineering Ecuador Volcanoes expedition.

Yesterday we went up to the high camp, which is at 17,400 ft., more or less.  We did this hike just to acclimitize and also to load some gear to the high camp.  We had a really great day and then after we went to our lodge at the bottom of Chimborazo.

Today is January 8th.  We are again at the high camp on Chimborazo.  Our plan is to get up at 11:00 PM and to start the summit push at midnight.  Dan and Jason are feeling pretty well and now they are resting after dinner for a couple of hours.

We are going to give a try for the summit of Chimborazo, the highest mountain in Ecuador.  That’s all for now.  The weather looks pretty good at the moment.  So, yeah!

I’ll keep in touch.  Bye!


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On the summit of Illiniza Norte

Our Ecuador Volcanoes team reached the summit of Illiniza Norte today!  They are on a roll!  Lead guide, Estalin Suárez has the day’s audio expedition dispatch:

Hello, this is Estalin calling in for the Madison Mountaineering Ecuador Volcanoes expedition.  Today is January 6th.

We just got the summit of Illiniza Norte, which is 16,813 ft.  So, we just got another beautiful, beautiful day on the mountain with almost no wind and with a beautiful sunrise!  We started very early in the morning at 5:00 AM from the hut.  So, it took us about 2 hours – a little bit more than 2 hours – to the summit and, yeah, we got just a beautiful, beautiful day.  Dan and Jason did very, very well and now we are back in our lodge, just resting.

Tomorrow we are going to move to the Chimborazo area.  Probably we are going to do a short hike just to keep moving and then on Saturday we’re going to push to our main (ultimate) summit, which is Chimborazo, the highest mountain in Ecuador.

So I will keep in touch!  Bye!


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Reached the high hut at Illiniza Sur

Today our Ecuador Volcanoes team climbed up to the Nuevos Horizontes refuge (aka the Illiniza Hut) on Illiniza to get into position for their summit attempt of Illiniza Norte early tomorrow morning.  Lead guide, Estalin Suárez has the day’s audio expedition dispatch:

Hello, this is Estalin calling in for the Madison Mountaineering Ecuador Volcanoes expedition.

Today is the 5th of January and we hiked up to the hut of Illiniza, which the altitude is about 15,000 feet. So, Dan and Jason are feeling pretty good, so we did about 3 hours up to the hut and now we are just resting, waiting for dinner, and getting ready for tomorrow to push to the summit of Illiniza Norte.

Okay, bye!

At the trailhead and ready to head up to Nuevos Horizontes Refuge, the high hut on Illinizas

At the trailhead and ready to head up to Nuevos Horizontes Refuge, the high hut on Illinizas

On the way up to Nuevos Horizontes Refuge

On the way up to Nuevos Horizontes Refuge

Day one on Illiniza Norte

Day one on Illiniza Norte


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Climbers on the summit of Corazón

Our Ecuador Volcanoes team continued their acclimatizing today with the hike up the inactive, eroded stratovolcano Corazón (4790m/15,720ft).  Lead guide, Estalin Suárez has the day’s audio expedition dispatch:

Hello, this is Estalin calling in for the Madison Mountaineering Ecuador Volcanoes expedition. Today is January 4th and just hiked up to the summit of Corazón volcano, which is 15,700 feet. We had a really amazing day with blue sky, sunny and no wind. It was a really, really beautiful day. We started to walk very early in the morning at 13,000 feet more or less and we did a little more than 6 hours around, up and down.

Dan and Jason feel really good and they are really excited about the next because every day they are breaking records that they have never been at this altitude before! So, every day is a new adventure for them. That is great, everybody’s feeling well, and really motivated for the next.

So, I will keep in touch.  Bye!

Hiking up Corazón

Hiking up Corazón

Hiking up Corazón

Hiking up Corazón

Nearing the summit of Corazón

Nearing the summit of Corazón

A new friend on Corazón

A new friend on Corazón

Heading down from the summit of Corazón

Heading down from the summit of Corazón

Descending Corazón

Descending Corazón


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Climbers on the summit of Pasochoa

Our team members arrived in Quito, Ecuador on Sunday and today started hiking Ecuador volcanoes to begin the acclimatization process and ready themselves for the big expedition objective of Chimborazo (6263m/20,549ft), the highest summit in Ecuador and one of the highest active volcanoes in the world.  Today they gained 700 meters of elevation by summiting the extinct volcano, Pasochoa.  Here’s lead guide, Estalin Suárez with a recap of the day:

Hello this is Estalin calling in for the Madison Mountaineering Ecuador Volcanoes expedition. Today is January 3rd and we hit our first acclimatization summit which was Pasochoa Volcano with an altitude of 13,780 feet.

We had a really, really beautiful day, sunny, blue skies and almost no clouds. Yeah, really a beautiful day. We made it in about 3 hours up and down. Daniel and Jason felt pretty well with that first hike at that altitude, so yeah, it was a great day.

Now we are just at the lodge waiting for some dinner and having some rest and getting ready for tomorrow and the next climb, so bye!

Hiking up Pasochoa

Hiking up Pasochoa

Descending Pasochoa

Descending Pasochoa

Descending Pasochoa

Descending Pasochoa


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Our Ecuador Volcanoes continued their perfect summit streak by reaching the trip ultimate summit of Cotopaxi, the second-highest point in Ecuador!  Lead guide, Estalin Suárez has the day’s audio expedition dispatch:

Hello, this is Estalin calling in for the Madison Mountaineering Ecuador Volcanoes expedition.  I’m glad to say that today we got the summit of Cotopaxi, which is 19,347 ft.  With this we finish our 9-day climbing tour in Ecuador with 100% success!

Yesterday we started, more or less, at midnight.  It took us six hours to reach the summit and then less than three hours down.  We had an amazing day – really good weather, almost perfect!  Carter and Saskia are very, very happy with the results of our expedition.

Enjoy the pictures and visit Ecuador!

Bye!


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Guide Estalin Suárez and climbers Carter B. and Saskia J. on the summit of Illiniza Norte

Our Ecuador Volcanoes knocked off another volcano summit – Illiniza Norte (5126m/16,818ft) – as they continued acclimatizing and getting ready for Cotopaxi!  Lead guide, Estalin Suárez has the day’s audio expedition dispatch:

Hello, this is Estalin calling in for the Madison Mountaineering Ecuador Volcanoes expedition.  Today is December 8th.

We just summit today Illiniza Norte, which is 16,800 ft.  We had a clear morning, but just before we reached the summit we got some clouds.  But anyways, we summitted.  Carter and Saskia are feeling pretty good and very motovated to keep climbing and focusing on Cotopaxi.

Now we are at the Chuquiragua Lodge just resting.  Tomorrow we are going to drive to the Cotopaxi lodge and just have one day rest before the Cotopaxi attempt.

I’ll keep in touch!  Bye!

Hiking up Illiniza Norte

Hiking up Illiniza Norte

Climbers Carter B. and Saskia J. nearing the summit of Illiniza Norte

Climbers Carter B. and Saskia J. nearing the summit of Illiniza Norte

Climbers Carter B. and Saskia J. on the summit of Illiniza Norte

Climbers Carter B. and Saskia J. on the summit of Illiniza Norte

Guide Estalin Suárez and climbers Carter B. and Saskia J. on the summit of Illiniza Norte

Guide Estalin Suárez and climbers Carter B. and Saskia J. on the summit of Illiniza Norte


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