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


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

osatrikGuagua - warm up to altitude  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 8, 2002


A great way to get used to the altitude before tackling the mountains further south. We hiked the last 2 miles of the road to get a full day's workout rather than driving all the way to the refugio. Stopped along the road a bit below the refugio to take pictures of our altimeter watches as we passed through 14410 (elevation of Mt. Rainier)! Climbed in February 2002.
Posted Aug 14, 2006 7:36 pm

rgmackieRoute: various  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2006
Hiked and ran Rucu/Guagua at least 10 times on various trips to Quito in May-June 2006. Mostly starting from the teleferico, summit traverse, descending to Lloa, then roads/trails directly back to the teleferico (~6 hrs).
Posted Jul 26, 2006 7:16 pm

summiterRuco/Padre  Sucess!


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

missadventureRoute Climbed: normal route Date Climbed: dec 2000  Sucess!


hiked up as an acclimatization day
Posted Feb 8, 2006 11:09 pm

forjanRoute Climbed: Normal Routes Date Climbed: December 28-29, 2005  Sucess!


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

colintRoute Climbed: via Teleferico Date Climbed: January 2006  Sucess!


This was my first ascent outside of the United States, and quite an enjoyable hike.
Posted Jan 6, 2006 5:03 pm

C.WagnerRoute Climbed: 4 WD track to Gagua Pinchincha Date Climbed: July 10, 2005  Sucess!
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)

Good acclimatisation

Posted Aug 22, 2005 2:18 pm

mpaRoute Climbed: Normal route to Rucu Pichincha  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2005


The newly built cablecar 'TeleferiQo' from Quito makes this a nice daytrip.
Posted Aug 11, 2005 5:38 am

CautiousRoute Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: January 2005  Sucess!


Nice easy scrambling to the summit. Good acclimatisation hike
Posted Jun 24, 2005 9:29 am

andre hangaardRoute Climbed: regular route to Guagua  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 1, 2005

andre hangaard

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 WaltonRoute Climbed: Direct from downtown Quito Date Climbed: February, 1958

Nyle Walton

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

RModelliRoute Climbed: normal route Date Climbed: Jan 15, 2005  Sucess!


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

esugiRoute Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: January 22, 2005  Sucess!


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

cp0915Guagua Standard  Sucess!
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

bluescrummachineRoute Climbed: East Ridge Direct Ascent Date Climbed: December 2004  Sucess!


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

jweidmanRoute Climbed: East Ridge Direct Date Climbed: 3 Jan 2005  Sucess!


Great views around sunrise of Cotapaxi, Illiniza, etc.
Posted Jan 10, 2005 3:24 pm

big_gRoute Climbed: std crater rim  Sucess!
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

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