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slychels04A Summit in the Clouds  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2012


(Guagua Pichincha) We hired a guide in Quito and started the climb from Lloa. The drive was terrible! The car just couldn't make it to the trailhead but the couple extra miles didn't hurt us. There was no view at the summit but the experience was great. Make sure you go to both summits! I am from low altitude and climbed this on my 3rd day in Ecuador without problem.
Posted Dec 31, 2012 9:27 pm

ajaysomaniRucu pichincha  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 20, 2012


It took a good 3 hours from the top of teleferico to the top of rucu but the weather was great that day and the views were nice!.
Posted Nov 29, 2012 3:28 pm

attimountRucu  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2012


just a great acclimatization hike, pretty close to city.Lots of peoples.
Best ever grilled chicken at the top of teleferico.
Posted Nov 25, 2012 6:00 pm

jm141302Guagau Crater and Summit
Date Climbed: Sep 23, 2012


Started about 800m below summit on the road between Lloa and the refugio. Very clear morning. Our goal was to go down to the active vents in the crater, but our group was really slow and full of people who I personally thought had no business being there. We got down close to the crater but had to turn around for lack of time. It took our group about 1 hour 45 min to get down 400 meters, and I climbed back up to the rim in about 45 minutes. While waiting for the rest of the group, I went to the summit. I'll try the crater again without people who are very out-of-shape or petrified by heights. It's a beautiful, surreal place, and I would highly recommend not just going to the summit, but going down into the crater also. The weather was clear most of the day, but the clouds rolled in around 14:00.
Posted Sep 26, 2012 1:34 pm

HomestarhikerPriorities still in order  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2012


Met cute Austrian girl on the Teleferico. She decided to turn back near the beginning of the summit block. Had to choose between girl and mountain... Chose mountain.
Posted Sep 9, 2012 8:38 pm

jm141302Rucu Normal route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2012


Climbed a month earlier too. Took some visiting students up to the top. Took us 2.5 hours up, 1.5 down. Clouds past the power pylon but not very windy. It started to snow at the top. Good day.
Posted Aug 9, 2012 2:08 pm

Garon CorizGuagua is FAR  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2012

Garon Coriz

Met a dead end trying to get to Guagua via Rucu. Was short on time so wrapped it up at Rucu and returned to the Teleferico. Round-trip time, 3 hours.
Posted Jul 29, 2012 10:12 pm

Bluebell08Fun day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2012


From the Teleferico to the top in 2.5 hours, down in 1 hr. Some wind and low clouds, fun scrambling towards the top and sliding down the sand on the way down. Local dog followed us all the way to the top. Warm-up hike for Cotopaxi.
Posted Jul 21, 2012 11:09 am

Garon CorizCold and Cloudy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2012

Garon Coriz

Climbed Rucu Pichincha with my host brother on a rare day off from my clinical rotation. Started at 2 pm. It was fogged in, windy, and cold (<30ºF at the summit). Station-to-summit: 2hrs 15min, returned in 1hr 30min.
Posted Jun 23, 2012 10:56 pm

jm141302Climbed Rucu  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2012


Climbed the normal route with my wife. 3 hours starting from TelefériQo to the peak, 2 hours back down. Windy and cloudy, but the clouds were high enough to keep the peak visible most of the time. Chilly too. We saw several tourists near the top in shorts and t-shirts. I wonder if they thought it was going to be warm because it's on the equator. A little rain would have made their hike truly miserable.
Posted Jun 4, 2012 1:19 pm

larch32Rucu  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 2, 2012
Climbed again on March 6th.
Posted Mar 6, 2012 5:52 pm

mtvalleyRucu Pichincha  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 8, 2012


Summitted Rucu with three others. A fun climb but be careful if you veer off the main trail as some of the 4th class stuff can be sketchy if it's wet.
Posted Feb 5, 2012 2:01 pm

WDW4Acclimatization Hike of Rucu  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 2, 2012


Hiked up from the top of the Teleferico. Fun hike to test out the altitude. Enjoyed to rocky summit.
Posted Jan 9, 2012 9:54 am

chicagoskyA good acclimatization climb   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 26, 2011


Nice views from the summit on a beautiful day. Was the first of my three climbs in Ecuador and is perfect for acclimatization before tackling some of the bigger peaks in Ecuador
Posted Jan 4, 2012 8:40 am

MMclimbhighRucu  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 26, 2011


Beautiful views of the Avenue of Volcanos. Had the summit all to ourselves.
Posted Dec 19, 2011 4:38 pm

DiverDaveGuagua Pichincha  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2008


4.5 miles round trip from trailhead to summit at (4781m/15682ft) feet and return. From truck to summit and return took 4 hours. Nice acclimatization hike for Cayambe, Cotopaxi, Corazon and beyond.
Posted Oct 3, 2011 8:11 am

ferbatRucu  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 19, 2010
Short 4-5 hour walk is you take the Teleferico
Posted Aug 12, 2011 5:12 am

Boriss AndeanFast ascent.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2011

Boriss Andean

Climbed Rucu Pichincha by the Normal Route in 1 hour 10 minutes. (Exactly 2 hours RT). It was a fun run at high altitude.

Got to the summit (4,698m / 15,413 ft.) just when the clouds rolled in but I met with Erik (USA) a fun guy from WY.

Ran back to the trailhead (Teleferico) in a bit less than 50 minutes. I haven't climbed it solo in years.

Mild weather, not sunny and windless.
Posted Jun 18, 2011 4:30 pm

mjp20kClimbed twice  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 1, 1999


Climbed in 1999 and again in 2009.
Posted Jun 6, 2011 6:02 pm

wmollandFun climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 18, 2011


A fun climb, especially up the knife edge ridge towards the top. Quito looks small from the summit.
Posted Feb 1, 2011 1:48 pm

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