Exceptional weather to kick off Ecuador season
The winter Ecuador climbing season was kicked off with a Mountain Madness expedition of Antisana and Illiniza Sur. For those of you who have climbed in Ecuador before, you may have experienced cloudy and stormy conditions on the Ecuadorian volcanoes. However, this team was lucky enough to have views of the avenue of volcanoes from the summit of Illniza Sur and Norte! The clients were strong on both climbs and blown away by the beauty of the region.
On the approach to Illiniza Norte. Oswaldo Freire photo
Stunning views from the summit of Illiniza Norte. Oswaldo Freire photo
On the summit! Oswaldo Freire photo
Unfortunately the weather on Antisana turned the team around at 5300 meters. The final mountain objecive was the infamous Chimborazo. The weather was unusually exceptional for the summit attempt, however exhaustion from the previous objectives turned most of the team around at 5800 meters. Congratulations to Barbara S. and Henry for reaching the summit!
Ascending Illiniza Sur. Oswaldo Freir photo
Summit of Illniza Sur. Oswaldo Freire photo
The first Ecuador Mountaineering School has completed their glacier mountaineering course and is heading in tot he mountains for their main objectives. Cross your fingers that they get equally favorable weather conditions!