Ecuador’s Volcanoes: Team Acclimatizes with hike of Rucu Pichincha

Posted by: Casey Grom, Solveig Waterfall | December 13, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 15,000

Hello again everyone
Today we had a very nice hike to help with our acclimatization on a nearby peak called Pichincha. It is one of the many local peaks that is situated above Quito and is used by many climbers to help adjust to the higher altitude here in Ecuador. We made use of the gondolas to help us gain access to around 12,500 ft then hiked the additional 2,500 ft to the summit. It took our team roughly 3 hours to gain the top after a little scrambling up the final bit to reach our high point thus far. It was a personal high point for a few of us, and the entire team did a fantastic job. After spending a bit of time on the summit and getting are photos we descended all the back to our hotel for a brief nap before dinner.
Everyone is in good spirits and looking forward to tomorrow.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew.

The Ecuador Volcanoes December 10th team takes an acclimatization hike on Rucu Pichincha, Quito Ecuador.  Photo: Casey Grom

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