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Boriss AndeanRoute Climbed: Rucu Pichincha - Normal Route.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2008

Boriss Andean

Left Quito at 10:30 am. and took the teleferico cable cars up to 4,100 m from where we started hiking up towards Rucu Pichincha's base.

Perfect weather conditions. Anu (USA), Tiffany (USA) and I got to the top (4,698 m/15,413 ft) after 2 hours and a half hours of hiking and scrambling.
It hailed a bit on our way back to the teleferico. Tiffany and I went to a Chinese restaurant soon after we got to Quito, she tought me how to use chopsticks. I really enjoyed it!
Posted Sep 28, 2008 3:27 pm

eferesenRucu  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2008

eferesen

Fun hike!
Posted Sep 15, 2008 11:09 pm

ChristianRodriguezNormal Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 24, 2008

ChristianRodriguez

4th mountain of 5 succesfully climbed in Ecuador this years. A nice hike with an easy climbing rocks closed to the top. strong winds and not good visibility.
Posted Sep 8, 2008 12:54 am

Desert SolitaireRucu and Padre Encantado in a storm  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2008

Desert Solitaire

Started from the TeleferiQo much later than expected (be warned, sometimes they don´t open up until 11am!). Cloudy and misty the whole way up. Followed the ridge 100% all the way to the top for some fun scrambling (one small 5.4 move, the rest 3rd and 4th class). Freshly falling snow made things spicy and wet my tennis shoes. 2 hrs to the summit. Traversed to Padre Encantado, still bad conditions.

Then decided to bail off and retraced my way back the ridge to the summit of Rucu and back down to the Paramo. Carried overnight gear the whole way, so decided to sleep high up on the Paramo at 4300 meters. Great night with a storm outside, but peaceful and warm inside the tent. Good acclimitization climb.
Posted Aug 27, 2008 11:44 am

Boriss AndeanRoute Climbed: Rucu Pichincha - Normal Route.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2008

Boriss Andean

After a failed attempt in going up to Pasochoa Trailhead (our truck got stucked in the mud), I decided to take Romy (Austria) and my French Canadian friends Alan, Marie Michéle and Marie Héléne to Rucu Pichincha.

We took the express teleférico up to 4,100 m. from where we started hiking up. Weather conditions were just perfect, nice views of surroundings and of the capital city. Got to the top (4,698 m/15,413 ft) after 2 hours and 45 minutes of hiking and scrambling. Took a few pictures at the top, met with Jacobo (ecuadorian mountain guide) and his german client and got back to Quito by late afternoon. Nice weekend trip!
Posted Aug 10, 2008 5:31 pm

benjamingrayGuagua  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2008

benjamingray

Beautiful hike, hiked up the road rather than driving to promote acclimitization. Pretty windy and cloudy near the top, made for some killer pictures.
Posted Jul 31, 2008 5:46 pm

simonzsterTurned Back
Date Climbed: Apr 14, 2008

simonzster

Three other students and I tried Rucu, but we were turned back by snow and bad weather. We only had 2 pairs of gloves between the four of us, and our hands and feet were freezing. We made it to about 4650 meters on the top of the sandy (more like icey) slope of the easy route.
Posted Apr 14, 2008 8:55 am

HotfeetAcclimatization hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 10, 2008

Hotfeet

A very beautiful acclimatization hike. Unfortunately it was very cloudly.
Posted Jan 21, 2008 10:23 pm

leftyRucu from Teleferico  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 28, 2007

lefty

This was my first acclimatization hike. Riding the Teleferico made it much easier. As would be the case for most of this trip, clouds obscured views from the summit.
Posted Jan 16, 2008 1:04 am

Fabrice.RimlingerStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 10, 2005

Fabrice.Rimlinger

Easy hike for acclimatation !
Posted Nov 17, 2007 5:32 pm

mnicholsRoute Climbed: Normal w/ TeleferiQo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2007

mnichols

Good warm-up hike to get accustomed to higher altitudes. We felt surprisingly good up on the summit. Probably because starting around 13000ft is always a big help.
Posted Sep 23, 2007 4:09 pm

Boriss AndeanGuagua Pichincha, Crater descent.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 1996

Boriss Andean

As an acclimatization program, my brother, my cousin and I followed by a german (Nina Zimpel) hiked up from the town of Lloa (7 hours) to the Refuge of "Defensa Civil" where we spent the night.

Three of us went down to the crater early next morning while Nina waited for us up in the refuge. Volcano activity wasn't high then, but fumaroles and sulphur odor were intense.
Posted Sep 20, 2007 1:35 am

HalikuRucu Via Teleforiqo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2007

Haliku

What Bill562 said...
Posted Jul 10, 2007 9:06 pm

Bill562Ruca  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2007

Bill562

Via Teleforiqo with Haliku and Tim (Axe) for acclimatization.
Posted Jul 10, 2007 8:04 pm

bennovakfrom Teleferiqo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 12, 2007

bennovak

A little acclimitization walk/scramble. You need to pretty much walk around the mountain until you reach the easy class 2 scramble up. It takes a bit longer then it looks, but is a worthwile trip with nice vews.
Posted Feb 13, 2007 9:59 pm

maraudersClimbed Normal Route: Jan. 19, 2007  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 19, 2007

marauders

Climbed Rucu Pichincha via the normal trail from the Teleferiqo. Class 1 trail with a small bit of Class 3 scrambling at the top. This trail is very very popular with locals and trekkers. So head out early (Teleferiqo opened at 10am) and you'll have the trail to yourself. On the return hike we must have passed 30 people who ended up getting soaked in an afternoon rain. Good thing we went early! We had partly cloudly weather with beautiful views of Quito. We got shut down the prior day on Chimborazo due to weather so this was a nice consolation summit just before our plane took us home.
Posted Jan 23, 2007 7:00 pm

LCGuagua climb- Standard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 23, 2006

LC

I read somewhere that the neighborhood on the drive to this hike as being dangerous. Needless to say when 4 guys, one of whom had a shotgun, showed up at the hut, I was a bit apprehensive. Apparently they were just hunting rabbits. We tagged the little concrete marker on top because of a rapidly developing lightning storm. Ran down to our van while lightning strikes occuring all around us.
Posted Jan 12, 2007 4:16 pm

BalletBoyRucu Pichincha from Teleferico & Guagua Pichincha/Padre Encantado Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2006

BalletBoy

First Ecuador acclimation hike with Woodie Hopper in preparation for the bigger mountains. Hiked Rucu via the standard route from the Teleferico. The following day hiked Guagua Pichincha and Padre Encantado on the 23rd. The views of Quito from Rucu were stunning!
Posted Nov 5, 2006 5:22 pm

Woodie HopperRucu from TeleferiQo and Guagua to Encantado traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2006

Woodie Hopper

Climbed Rucu with Nord Sandstrom for acclimitization. 2 hours up and 1 down. Cloudy but comfortable weather. Saw Cayambe hovering over the cloudtops! Also climbed Guagua and traversed to Encantado to complete the trifecta 10/23/06. Great views of Cayambe, Antisana and Cotopaxi on the way up.
Posted Oct 22, 2006 11:50 pm

Thomas Gurviezrucu pichincha  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 20, 2006

Thomas Gurviez

clear weather, amazing views on cotopaxi, illinizas and cayambe

some snow higher than 4400 m
Posted Oct 10, 2006 4:57 pm

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