Cotopaxi (19,347 feet)
Cotopaxi is Equadors second highest peak but by far
most popular mountain. A beautifully symmetrical mountain located just
hours from the capital city of Quito, Cotopaxi experiences consistently
better weather that the rest of the big Equadorian mountains. Another hut
based climb, we will be climbing directly out of the Jose' Ribas hut
located at 15,750ft. Our route is the standard or Normal Route. A heavily
glaciated peak with numerous crevaces and seracs and terrain approaching
degree in angle the Normal Route is a challenging and rewarding climb. We
acclimate first with a mountain biking trip through beautiful Cotopaxi
National Park and then a climb of 15,400ft Ruminahui.
On a side note: Cotopaxi was incorporated into the course of the Raid
Galluois adventure race. One of the most challenging adventure races on
earth, 'The Raid' attracts some of the fittest racers on earth. The course
organizers, however, underestimated the challenge that a climb of Cotopaxi
presents. With nearly every team failing to reach the summit and famed
racer Ian Adamson alone and reduced to tears on the summit organizers
removed the climb as a mandatory part of the race, allowing racers to
bypass this section. Do not underestimate the challenges of climbing a
mountain of this size.
Chimborazo (20,702 feet)
Equadors highest peak is a hulking mass that in the
early 18th century was thought by European explorers to be the tallest
mountain in the world, standing nearly a mile higher than anything in the
Alps it's no wonder! We base out of the Whymper Hut at 16,400ft and climb
Chimborazo via the Castillo route. We will be traveling almost entirely on
glaciers with numerous crevace crossing and one very short,steep "Step" to
gain the upper mountain. The upper portion of the route ascends a broad
ridge with great exposure below and spectacular views of many of the high
Andes peaks rising through the cloud tops.
Once we ascend this section a
long traverse leads to the spectacular summit. We acclimate with mountain
biking in Cotopaxi National Park and a trip to the beautiful climbers hut
on the flanks of 18,900ft Cayambe where we will spend two nights and make
day hike to Punta Jarrin and onto the Cayambe Glacier.
A trip that
ascents of Cotopaxi and Chimborazo is available, on this program we
acclimate and climb as for Cotopaxi then travel directly to Chimborazo.
These peaks offer fantastic and varied climbing within the heart of the
high Andes mountain range. A successful ascent of either peak is a
rewarding and often life changing experience.
Detailed itineraries, conditioning guidelines, packing lists, and
references are available on request.
Itineraries are subject to change based on weather, route conditions, and team
Atlanta Alpine Guides will make every effort to keep members informed and
allow them to participate in much of the decision making process, however,
SAFETY is our number one priority when climbing. Atlanta Alpine reserves
the right to remove team members or turn team members back from a climb
that are judged by guides to be physically or mentally unfit, who through
action or inaction cause a dangerous situation, or through their actions
or behavior undermine team strength or safety. Decisions regarding safety are
made for everyones benefit, they are not negotiable and are to be followed
immediately and without question.
Group discounts are available. Please contact us for more information.