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Cotopaxi, Illiniza Norte and El Corazon

Anoth­er Ecuador trip is under­way with more excit­ing objec­tives ahead of our climbers. Our Cotopaxi, Illiniza Norte and El Cora­zon trip is a great intro­duc­tion to some beau­ti­ful Ecuador peaks. By tak­ing only 5 days off work, our clients can sum­mit 3 peaks in Ecuador, includ­ing an over 19,000 foot peak, and enjoy great food and haciendas. 

Joshua checked in with climbers John, Ter­ry and Joe after their first acclima­ti­za­tion hike:

Today we start­ed the day at 8:30 a.m. in Quito (alti­tude 9,200 feet) and head­ed south of the city towards Guagua Pich­in­cha (an alter­na­tive to El Cora­zon). The adven­ture start­ed ear­li­er than expect­ed. Thanks to yes­ter­day’s rain­storm the road was cov­ered in mud and while try­ing to reach the base of the moun­tain, our 4‑wheel dri­ve came in handy. We arrived at the Defen­sa Civ­il Hut and start­ed the climb. We caught some fog­gy con­di­tions, but luck­i­ly no pre­cip­i­ta­tion and after 2 hours we reached the first peak of the pro­gram. We descend­ed by a dif­fer­ent route to expose the climbers to some dif­fer­ent con­di­tions and allow them to prac­tice their moun­tain skill. Tonight we are enjoy­ing a hearty din­ner in La Estación lodge at the base of Cora­zon Peak. Tomor­row we are head­ing to Illiniza to posi­tion our­selves close to the north peak. The sum­mit push will take place on Wednes­day. We will send anoth­er update after that. Wish us luck!”

Joshua and the team on the acclima­ti­za­tion climb on Guagua Pich­in­cha. Joshua Jar­rin photo

Guagua Pich­in­cha. Joshua Jar­rin photo

Ecuador win­ter sea­son is near­ing its end but we have two more trips leav­ing in late Jan­u­ary and Feb­ru­ary. The sea­son will start up again in May for more Ecuador Glac­i­er Moun­taineer­ing Cours­es, Ecuador Vol­ca­noes and Cotopaxi, Illiniza Norte and El Cora­zon.

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