Ecuador Volcanoes: Wittmier & Team Reach Summit of Antisana
Posted by: Dustin Wittmier, Avery Parrinello
Categories: Expedition Dispatches Ecuador
The dry weather held out for us and we summitted Antisana at 6:30am yesterday. Clouds threatened in the distance, with a fantastic lightning show in the direction of the Pichincha Volcano. However, it was mostly calm and clear at Antisana, until the summit where wind and rime ice conditions convinced us to not hang too long.
Antisana is well-liked by climbers for it's challenge and aesthetic beauty. The mountain is heavily-crevassed with numerous seracs. The largest snow bridge we crossed yesterday stretched nearly 20 meters! The use of steep snow climbing techniques and running belays are required, especially in the final 1500 vertical feet of the ascent.
Climbers on this trip have now summitted the fourth (Antisana) and third (Cayambe) highest peaks in Ecuador. If future trips bring them back here, they have Cotopaxi and Chimborazo to round out the top four. But for now, Cotopaxi continues to erupt, so those plans will need to be on hold.
After the 11-hour day of climbing, we descended to camp, ate one final Locro de Papas (potato soup), packed up camp and made one last trip in 4x4s down to the bus. We said our goodbyes to the Ecuadorian guides who have taken care of us along the way and we rejoined Victor on his bus for the two-hour ride back to Quito. The afternoon was spent relaxing in the hotel and I'll say the cold plunge felt better than ever. Today, most folks head back to the United States to regale their families with stories from another successful climbing trip.
Thank you all for following along and consider joining us next year!
RMI Guide Dustin Wittmier
Sign Up For Ecuador 2023 Emails
More to Explore
Aconcagua: Expedition Memories that will Last a Lifetime
February 2, 2023
Aconcagua: Cifelli and Team Make Their Move to Camp 3
February 3, 2023
Brings a smile to me…
Posted by: Terri L. Jennings on
Awesome Dustin! Really enjoyed following along!
Posted by: Dave Kestel on