Ecuador Volcanoes: Beren & Team Hike to Top of Rucu Pichincha

Posted by: Jake Beren, Ben Liken | February 11, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 15,696'

What a day!  After breakfast the rain let up for a bit and we boarded the teleferico for a ride up to 13,200 feet. Nice way to travel. We caught a quick glance at Cotopaxi before the clouds rolled in and enjoyed perfect walking temperatures up to the ridge of the extinct volcano Rucu Pichincha. With a weather window to work with, we roped up and climbed to the summit, everyone standing tall at 15,700 feet above the sea. The team did great and we even managed to get down to the trail before the rain came in. The rain stayed with us until we got back to town, but everyone’s spirits remained high and now we are relaxing before dinner. Tomorrow we leave Quito and head for even higher ground.  Wish us luck!

RMI Guide Jake Beren

The trail on Rucu Pichincha. Photo: Jake Beren Jake and Team on the Rucu Pichincha summit. Photo: Ben Liken

On The Map

Sign Up For Ecuador 2013 Email Alerts



Hi Mark, we are glad to see you with your team. We hope you will continue to have a good trip and we will follow your adventure via this blog!!

Posted by: Wally Rappe on 2/13/2013 at 5:58 pm

Looks like you are doing well and should I say, even “rested”. hope you are keeping a log so we can hear all about the climb. Push your limits!!!  jL

Posted by: John Lind SR on 2/13/2013 at 4:18 pm

Best of luck.  Wish I was there.

Posted by: John Loschky on 2/12/2013 at 12:51 pm

Looks like the beginning of a really fun trip!  Good luck and be safe!

Posted by: LeiMomi on 2/12/2013 at 9:26 am

Looking good Mark Loschky!  Hope the Achilles is holding up.  Looking forward to seeing more pics on the blog!

Posted by: Brian McInnes on 2/11/2013 at 8:04 pm

Congrats! Love the smiles! Keep going!

Posted by: Patsy on 2/11/2013 at 4:09 pm

Leave a comment for the team

* required fields