Ecuador’s Volcanoes: First Acclimatization Hike

Posted by: Jake Beren | January 12, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 15,700'

Today was a great day. After an early breakfast, we left the hotel and headed to the morning opening of the teleferico, the gondola that launches from Quito and lands at 13,500 feet on the old volcano of Rucu Pinchincha. Quite a leap in elevation and great for an acclimatization hike.

The team did a great job ascending the grassy ridges that led to a rocky scramble to the cloudy summit of Pinchincha. Our maiden voyage was a success, climbing to around 15,700 feet in an afternoon and even getting enough of a clearing to see both Cayambe and Cotopaxi rising high above Quito.

Tomorrow we head out for another altitude mission, but this one was tough to beat.
RMI Guide Jake Beren

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