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Climbing the northwest ridge.

Climbing the northwest ridge.

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Pichincha, Ecuador, South America

Object Title: Climbing the northwest ridge.

Date Climbed/Hiked: Jan 13, 2007

Activities: Hiking

Season: Winter


Page By: Boriss Andean

Created/Edited: Jul 23, 2007 / Jan 19, 2009

Object ID: 315039

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Planning for Pasochoa

Jana, Pasochoa, Ecuador.
Jana (Czech)
I met Jana (Czech Republic) while climbing Cotopaxi but being part of different rope teams. Somehow we ended up planning a bunch of climbing trips and hikes all over Quito's surroundings after her returning from Ecuador's coast, where she was volunteering for a Health Organization.
Pasochoa, Ecuador. Jan. 2007
Pasochoa, trail to the summit

Two weeks later, Jana and I were climbing our first mountain together... Pasochoa a 4,230 m. (13,878 ft) volcano located just an hour and a half of Quito, and one of the main peaks used for acclimatization purposes.

The Climb

Pasochoa Summit.
Pasochoa Summit 4,230 m (13,878 ft)
Our climb started at 9:30 am from the Nature Preserve Visitor Center (Refugio de Vida Silvestre). We paid the entrance fees and continued hiking up on a good marked trail which steepened as we were approaching to the volcano rim.

An hour later we reached a muddy steep section. We climbed it up taking advantage of the good root hand holds featured along the gully. After sorting a couple of short passes where scrambling was required (3rd class), we reached the first fake summit. Took a look at the surroundings and to the crater and kept hiking up towards the true summit visible at the distance.

One more scramble through thick vegetation and we got it!. The afternoon was fully clouded but it was awesome being up there together with Jana.

We came back to Quito by the Western side (normal route) of the mountain (Agua Potable Station).


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