Guagua/Rucu Pichincha Climber's Log
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|I have climbed Ruco 3 times- 7/23/o5, 8/6/05, 2/19/06 and Padre Encantado once- 8/6/05. All of them great experiences. The first time we camped on the summit and rock climbed on some cliffs below in the morning. Ruco offers pretty descent rock- a rare thing in Ecuador. Did the ridge twice and the sandslide once. Have not done Guagua.|
|Posted Mar 30, 2006 2:03 am|
|missadventure||Route Climbed: normal route Date Climbed: dec 2000|
|hiked up as an acclimatization day|
|Posted Feb 8, 2006 11:09 pm|
|forjan||Route Climbed: Normal Routes Date Climbed: December 28-29, 2005|
|December 28, 2005: After waiting for two days for the rain to stop (it had been constantly raining for the past 2 weeks in Quito; the rainy season that should have occured on October/November was delayed 'til December/January), DeeDee and I took the Teleferico up from La Comuna to Cruz Loma and started hiking at 10:00am towards Rucu Pichincha. The last 200 feet to Rucu' s summit was interesting scrambling on mixed class 3 rock/snow. Reached Rucu' s summit at 1:00pm. Then, we took our sweet time descending while talking to various other groups. Got back to the Teleferico upper station by 3:00pm. |
December 29, 2005: Rented a small 4WD truck (a Chevrolet Vitara). Drove up to 3820 meters (12,533 ft). Couldn't drive any higher because of major mud on the dirt/muddy road. Started the Guagua Pichincha hike at 10:50am. Summited by 1:30pm. Talked to a Polish & a German guy at the summit. Left summit at 1:45pm. Back at the truck at 2:58pm (~ 4 hrs roundtrip). Then, we drove to Aloasi, Machachi and stayed at Hosteria La Estacion.
|Posted Jan 13, 2006 3:06 pm|
|colint||Route Climbed: via Teleferico Date Climbed: January 2006|
|This was my first ascent outside of the United States, and quite an enjoyable hike.|
|Posted Jan 6, 2006 5:03 pm|
|davel||Route Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: December 9th, 2005|
|Started at 3700m. At refuge in about an hour. About half an hour from refuge to true summit. Some 3rd class scrambling involved. Someone had driven a dirt bike very close to the summit.|
|Posted Dec 28, 2005 1:00 pm|
|C.Wagner||Route Climbed: 4 WD track to Gagua Pinchincha Date Climbed: July 10, 2005|
|Start at 0800 somewhere on the 4WD track (altitude 3700 m = 12000 ft)|
Refuge at 1020 (altitude 4500 m = 14600 ft)
Summit at 1200
Smell of sulphur !
Nice view, the morning, then cloudy
Very easy (track)
|Posted Aug 22, 2005 2:18 pm|
|mpa||Route Climbed: Normal route to Rucu Pichincha |
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2005
|The newly built cablecar 'TeleferiQo' from Quito makes this a nice daytrip.|
|Posted Aug 11, 2005 5:38 am|
|Cautious||Route Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: January 2005|
|Nice easy scrambling to the summit. Good acclimatisation hike|
|Posted Jun 24, 2005 9:29 am|
|andre hangaard||Route Climbed: regular route to Guagua |
Date Climbed: May 1, 2005
|Nice hike. On the summit rather bad weather. |
Soon it started to snow and it got cold.
Quick descent to hut for some hot tea!
|Posted May 26, 2005 5:23 pm|
|Nyle Walton||Route Climbed: Direct from downtown Quito Date Climbed: February, 1958|
|Karl Nelson and I arrived in Quito at the height of the rainy season after hitchhiking down the Pan-American Highway from Utah forty-eight years ago. We started early in the morning from Quito and hiked up through paramo grass to the rocky crags that represent the edge of Pichincha's crater. Unfortunately clouds had already set in as we achieved the summit and we were denied any view. However as we were climbing the slopes immediately above Quito earlier that morning, we espied the snow cone of Cotopaxi rising to the southeast. |
Wet weather discouraged us from attempting any other peak in Ecuador at that time. We went on to Peru and Bolivia where we summited El Misti and Huayna Potosi. We had planned to return to Ecuador later in 1958 but never realized it after I caught hepititus in Argentina and Karl was drafted into the U.S. Army.
In six months of travel by thumb from Utah to Argentina, we expended less than $300 each. It cost a weakened me more than that just to fly DC-4s back to Mexico City where I recovered my strength and took a bus back to Salt Lake City. It was far more adventurous and challenging to travel back then before the age of jet travel.
|Posted Apr 12, 2005 11:39 am|
|RModelli||Route Climbed: normal route Date Climbed: Jan 15, 2005|
|Great acclim route and easy 3rd class scramble to the true summit. We had a dusting of snow and a lot of fog during our climb, so no views for us. Very nice and easy climb.|
|Posted Feb 20, 2005 9:24 pm|
|neoday||Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: January 15, 2005|
|Climbed Guagua with rmodelli (who had come from Minnesota at 800 ft elevation only one day earlier). Cloudy and a bit windy conditions. Great acclimitizing climb. It would be fun to hike down into the volcano (as long as it is not erupting). There was not nearly as much vegitation as shown on some of the photos, it was mostly pumice, sand, and gravel. The true summit is about 20 minutes past the summit marker. I don't know why they did this, my only guess is that they did not want people doing the class 3ish traverse to the true summit.|
|Posted Feb 15, 2005 1:23 pm|
|esugi||Route Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: January 22, 2005|
|Summitted Guagua with cp0915, Thomas, and Brett. Used as accli climb for bigger mountains. Had great views of Illinizas, Cotopaxi, Antisana, Cayambe, Corazon, Ruminahui, just to name a few.|
|Posted Jan 31, 2005 7:22 pm|
|cp0915||Guagua Standard |
Date Climbed: Jan 22, 2005
|-Jan 22, 2005|
great weather...fantastic views from the summit of guagua
(I don't know what was better, though - the views from Guagua or the front row seat to the student riot - students throwing rocks, police in full battle gear throwing tear gas, a tank on fire - we had in Quito the day before!)
-Jan 2, 2009
Returned with DB and Andy Mac for a link-up of Guagua and Padre Encantado. With temps in the teens and 50 feet of visibility, we stopped at the summit of Guagua. Still, an interesting day out...especially the hired truck breaking on us, leading us to walk several miles down the mountain to catch a ride back to Quito in Lloa.
Not a good peakbagging start to 2009, as I'd failed on Pasochoa the previous day because of bad beta.
|Posted Jan 25, 2005 11:31 am|
|bluescrummachine||Route Climbed: East Ridge Direct Ascent Date Climbed: December 2004|
|We used this climb for the acclimatization. Started at around 3900 m, where we went by car. Great view of the valley with Quito, in the far Cotopaxi, Antisana, etc.|
|Posted Jan 13, 2005 7:22 am|
|jweidman||Route Climbed: East Ridge Direct Date Climbed: 3 Jan 2005|
|Great views around sunrise of Cotapaxi, Illiniza, etc.|
|Posted Jan 10, 2005 3:24 pm|
|big_g||Route Climbed: std crater rim |
Date Climbed: Apr 23, 2004
|The first of many times up the massif.|
What can I say... A bold ascent.
Thinking about a Guagua - Rucu traverse now.
[update: the traverse is time well spent]
|Posted May 30, 2004 12:00 am|
|Miguel Angel Perez||Route Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: Dec. 2003|
|Climbed Guagua Pichincha for aclimatizing before going to Cotopaxi and Chimborazo. Nice trek and very good for aclimatizing.|
Too sad it was cloudy and couldn't see the crater nor the amazing views of other volcanoes.
|Posted May 7, 2004 12:15 pm|
|gato||Route Climbed: Standard Route Date Climbed: March 2002|
|A beautiful day with no one else on the mountain. We summitted Guagua after hiking miles and miles up the dirt road from Lloa. Stirred up the dogs and the guard at the hut, but we felt safe the entire time. No indication of bandits or thieves.|
|Posted Apr 12, 2004 6:22 pm|
|schitthaedt||Route Climbed: El Bosque to Condor Rumi (North Ridge Approach), East-Side Direct Rock Ascent Date Climbed: April 2003|
|Took the bus to El Bosque, climbed north ridge from Quito up to Condor Rumi, climbed the east rock ridge of the summit peak. Good training hike, although dangerous for tourists. A vertical mile from the city to the summit.|
|Posted Sep 15, 2003 7:51 pm|