ECU-101127 – (Cotopaxi in background) – Isn’t it beautiful?
ECU-110506 – Training for the climb. On top of Pichincha @ 4,700, towering over Quito with the Cotopaxi in the distance
ECU-110507 – Cotopaxi – With Romain & Florian. Weather looks great (for now).
ECU-110508 – Cotopaxi – The conditions we faced: freezing rain & strong winds forced us to head back at ~5,700m; We just couldn’t see our path.
Sliding on the snow instead of digging in.
ECU-110510 – Quilotoa – 1,000m wide crater.
Hiking to the bottom…
… or hiking the ~6km rim.
Ready for the Chimbo: Rafa & Ivan.
ECU-110516 – Chimborazo – Now the weather sucks.
… but it cleared up in the afternoon.
ECU-110516 – Chimborazo – Here we go!
Looks very daunting and intimidating! The Chimbo gives you the feeling of being faced with a powerful old man. At this sight the 3 other climbers decided to call their climb off and head back.
As for Ivan and I, we will climb to half way up on the left side of the pic, cross horizontally 1/4 of the way and head up to the bowl to the right of the small rock tower (look 1/4 of the way on the left in the pic). Then we’ll head up the whole northern flank to Ventemilla summit you see. The real Whymper summit is another 30min climb behind the summit you see in the pic.
Sunset on the Pacific ocean.
ECU-110517 – Midway through the climb. Still good weather.
At sunrise, the shadow of Chimborazo.
Yeeeee-haaaa! Made it! First glimmer of light and the moon setting in the Pacific behind me.
In between giants.
As they say in mountaineering, you don’t succeed until you make it back safely.
Long way back. “Penitentes” are these small pillars caused by the glacier sliding and lifting the ice vertically.
Yep, it’s steep.
Frozen waterfall. The Chimbo glaciers are also melting at an alarming rate.
Summited on 17-May-2011 (view of Chimbo’s Western face).