“Los Pichinchas” is a range of mountains in the western side of the city of Quito, the capital of Ecuador. Three summits are the most important: “Rucu Pichincha” (4,680m), “Guagua Pichincha” (4,698m) and “Padre Encantado” (4,570 m). These mountains are very helpful when you feel or get lost in Quito. If you look up from [...]
Last weekend, we tried to climb Cotopaxi by the route in the south face, we didn´t reach the summit, but the mountain gave us a great lesson. Jose Andrade, director of the School of Mountaineering of Pichincha (EPAM) shares his experience in the Cotopaxi. This is a wonderful guest post in Spanish. Enjoy it! “The [...]
Ecuador in its small size has many different ecological environments and dozens of fun activities on each place. One of this activities is zip lining (canopying), which is rather new in Ecuador. There are maybe only 6-8 places across the country where you can do zip lining.
The Cayambe volcano (5,790 m) is my favorite mountain in Ecuador. Whenever I feel stressed out or tired of the city, I plan a escapade to climb the Cayambe. It is a great and noble mountain. It was almost 3 months that I had not climbed any mountain. In part was because of the weather [...]
On May 1st, Ivan Vallejo reached the summit of Dhaulagiri (white mountain), becoming the seventh person on earth
An inspiring soul. That is how I would describe Ivan Vallejo, a strong man on his late forties, that is about to achieve something that less than 20 people in the world have achieved: Climbing the fourteen (14) highest mountains in the world without artificial oxigen. Ivan is Ecuadorian and when he was little he [...]
This weekend, 5 people, including myself climbed Iliniza Sur (17 262 feet, 5263m). On saturday, we drove from Quito towards El Chaupi (1 1/2 hours) the little village in the base of the Iliniza north and south. Then we drove for one more hour to the place called “la virgen” (For this part of the [...]