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PAROFESGuagua  Sucess!


With Gavin.
No views at all...
I'm starting to think come here was a huge mistake, could be at Catamarca with better conditions doing 6000 peaks...
Posted Jan 10, 2011 5:08 pm

IndaySuccess on both Guagua and Rucu!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 5, 2011


Successful summit of Guagua with Parofes, 1/5. Time to summit, 4000m to 4776m: 2 hours even.

Successful summit of Rucu with Jergen and Peter, 1/4. Time to summit, 3850m to 4627m: 2 hours and 40 minutes.
Posted Jan 6, 2011 12:08 pm

CBakwinYo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 3, 2011


3 hours up from the teleferico, 2 hours down. Socked in in fog all day today, and rained off and on. fun enough climb to acclimatize, intereesting little 4th class rocks at the top for a very short section.
Posted Jan 4, 2011 8:06 am

PAROFESIt was great!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 2, 2011


By the normal route and close to the summit with a funny and easy rock climbing out of the route.
After 4 airports, no dinner last night and no breakfast today...
Quite tirying..but easy.
Great views to Guagua Pichincha!
Note: At the teleferico i measured 3.890 m of altitude (not 4100m) and at the summit of Rucu 4.702 m.
Posted Jan 2, 2011 4:30 pm

centrifugeRucu Pichincha - quick and fun  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 11, 2010


It was a fun scramble, esp if you veer off the cairned trail and start up the rock close to the saddle ridge. Good stuff!
Posted Dec 25, 2010 10:29 am

Boriss AndeanDirect route again!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 7, 2010

Boriss Andean

Rob (HOL), Boris (my son) and I climbed Guagua Pichincha the day before. We saw Rucu in the distance.

Rob (HOL) and I climbed Rucu´s direct route along with Liesbeth (BEL). Hanna (SWE) climbed by the normal route alone and waited for us there.

Very nice scramble. Got to the top (4,698 m / 15,413) after two and a half hours after leaving the trailhead.

Met with Hana at the summit and had some snaks for 30 minutes with a Swiss and a Polish.

We got some hail on the way down, but nothing serious.
Posted Dec 9, 2010 4:32 pm

Boriss AndeanGuagua Pichincha!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 6, 2010

Boriss Andean

It's been more than a year since I climbed Guagua Pichincha with andreeacorodeanu.

Climbed with my son Boris and Rob (HOL). Perfect weather, just a bit windy at the summit (4,781 m / 15,682 ft). We saw a condor flying a few meters above us.

Very enjoyable climb!
Posted Dec 6, 2010 6:56 pm

Boriss AndeanAgain, the direct route!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 1, 2010

Boriss Andean

Wow!, missed climbing by this route!. Great weather and nice people up at the summit. Met with Mike (USA), my good friend I climbed Cotopaxi with a couple years ago.

Got back by the normal route.
Posted Nov 3, 2010 5:20 pm

rasgoatRucu!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2010


Took Teleferico and summited Rucu via the standard route. The mountain becomes much more beautiful than from the city as you ascend. Saw some great animals and met many nice people. We were lucky for there was fresh snow on top. We got great views of the valley to the north and to Quito! Thanks to Lucho for the invite!
Posted Sep 7, 2010 1:32 am

7summitsRainy Rucu  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2010


Almost zero visibility and lots of rain. Still a nice acclimatisation hike.
Up the teleferico, then 1h45 to the summit and another hour down. Met only one other hiker all day..
Posted Jun 3, 2010 5:10 pm

Boriss AndeanFrench Experience :)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 16, 2010

Boriss Andean

Climbed with Michele, Bernard, Jean Pierre, Christine, Marine and Fred.. all of them french.
We started the climb/hike at the trailhead 4,100 m. Good weather. Got to the summit (4,698 m / 15,413 ft) at 11.30 am (two hours after leaving from the TH).

Got back to Quito by 2.30 pm and had a nice city tour. I enjoyed spending time with them while they were in EC. An awesome french team.. I'll miss them.
Posted Apr 16, 2010 7:05 pm

ncstRucu from the teleferico  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 6, 2010


I took a taxi to the teleferico (4 dollars), was up the teleferico by 9am (8,5 dollars, opens at 8am on Saturday), short hike to the summit, which I summited with Esteban and Diego (from Quito, whom I met on the trail). Good views for only a few minutes from the summit, sunny but pretty cold at the top with the clouds.
Posted Mar 7, 2010 12:32 pm

andre hangaardA second time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 14, 2010

andre hangaard

Together with the American Gary Rice I climbed Guagua Pichincha as a warm up for Cotopaxi. Great weather. After the summit we continued onto Padre Encantado. We used the guideservice of Hugo from Safari Tours in Quito.
Posted Feb 28, 2010 5:49 pm

tb00957Guagua from the hut  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 6, 2009
We drove to the hut at 14900 feet, a leisure hour from there.
Posted Nov 16, 2009 8:44 am

gconyersGetting to Lloa  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 17, 2009
Public transport to Lloa options (we got to Lloa for $0.75 each, began at 1:30 PM in old town, arrived at 3 PM Lloa). We took the Trole to its southern end, and then caught a bus to Mena 2, a neighborhood on the west side of southern Quito (we asked an attendant which bus to take, then asked again when to get off). The bus dropped us off Calle Antonio Jose de Sucre and the Camino a Lloa (there´s a sign pointing to the right, up the hill). There are pickups there waiting to take you ($5 to Lloa, $70 to the refuge). BUT we took the bus, which picks people up on a side street (25c). If you walk from AJdeS toward Lloa on the Lloa road, take the first right over a curb (car´s can´t pass but you can) onto a side street. Here ask about the bus, there is a blue waiting room on the left side of the street with plastic chairs and bathroom in the back. I do not know how often service is, but we only waited about 10 min.
For the road to the refuge, get off the bus at the last place it stops and follow the main road down a big hill, and follow as it curves right up a big hill. 4 or 5 hours walking to the refuge, or take a pickup halfway (we paid $17) for 2h walking or farther, for more money.
Posted Oct 17, 2009 8:36 pm

EpicaFirst climb over 14,000 ft!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 25, 2008


Less than 12 hours after arriving in Quito, I was at the top of Rucu Pichincha. Took the teleférico up with a local guide and hiked to the top. I loved it!
Posted Sep 22, 2009 12:28 am

andreeacorodeanuRoute Climbed: Guagua Pichincha  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2009


Climbed with Boriss (ECU) clients: Ben, Daniel, Steve and Duncan (ENG).

The hike started at (3,350 m / 10,988 ft). Got to the summit (4,781 m / 15,682 ft) after 5 and a half hours.

A little bit windy. Good acclimatization hike.

Posted Sep 16, 2009 3:28 pm

Boriss AndeanRoute Climbed: Guagua Pichincha  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2009

Boriss Andean

Climbed with Andreea (ROM), Ben, Daniel, Steve and Duncan (ENG).

Our hike started at (3,350 m / 10,988 ft). Got to the summit (4,781 m / 15,682 ft) after 5 and a half hours. Great views of the Cordillera Oriental.

The crater was completely covered by clouds but we still could smell the sulfur.

The roads from the town of Lloa to the refuge are in good conditions.. good news!
Posted Sep 11, 2009 5:32 pm

andreeacorodeanuRoute Climbed: Direct Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2009


Three hours to the top. Weather was good but foggy. Climbed with Boriss (ECU). Stayed 5 seconds at the top and we boggied on down due to thunder threatening.

Nice views of Quito from the Teleferiqo area. A great acclimatization climb and training for the next climbs to be done in Ecuador.
Posted Jul 10, 2009 9:26 pm

YemeniIllini05Both Rucu and Guagua  Sucess!
Summited Rucu Pichincha on 27 June. Took the Teleferiqo to 3,900 meters, and hiked the remainder on foot. Altitude sickness at about 4,600 meters, but managed to scramble up the class 3 summit block to the summit. Total time from Teleferiqo to summit: 3 hours.

Summited Guagua the following day. Began at a parking area at around 4,050 meters -- stopped at the refugio at 4,550 meters for a breather before summiting. Very cold and windy above 4,600 meters. Little visibility along the summit ridge, but an easy class 2/3 scramble at the summit block made it worthwhile. Time from parking area to summit: 3 hours. Need a 4WD vehicle to reach the parking area from the village of Lloa, however.
Posted Jul 3, 2009 9:14 pm

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