Ecuador Volcanoes 14th September 2019
Leader: Jason Bailey
All the team are back down safely after a successful summit of Cotopaxi. It was a hard climb starting at 1am and reaching the summit at 8am. Unfortunately, the visibility was poor and we didn’t get a chance to see the crater, but the weather cleared on the way down giving magnificent views.
A great achievement from Sam, Colin, Simon and Michael.
Down in the valley for a couple of days rest before Chimborazo.
A midnight call to set off on Cayambe. The weather looked promising with great views of Quito and even some stars. Unfortunately, by 6am the weather deteriorated and a howling wind and driving snow with reducing visibility led us to take the decision to descend. We reached 5500m and everyone was down at the refuge safely by 10am. It was a good attempt but Cayambe will always be there.
After a good lunch on the 18th the team ascended to 4700m and stayed the night at the Illiniza refuge. An early breakfast at 4.30am, we set off to a perfect cloud inversion giving fine views of our all the volcanoes we are trying to climb.
All but Ian successfully summited Illiniza Norte. The team were in great spirits and earned a well deserved meal in the beautiful Ortavalo.
Photos of Cotopaxi and cayemba
summit Illiniza Norte
Whole group summited Pasochoa 4200m yesterday. Everyone is feeling good and ready to move to Illiniza refuge today.
Everyone arrived safely, luggage finally caught up too. First acclimatisation walk up to 4700m Ruco Pichincha. The team are doing well.