Route Climbed: GuaGua Pichincha-Standard Date Climbed: February 2003
I actually climbed the higher summit (15,728) of the Pichinchas, GuaGua Pichincha. This is the one that erupted about 3 years ago covering Quito and surrounding areas with tons of ash. It only recently was reopened to climbing. The crater was still very active as evident from the smells and sounds. Too cloudy to see anything from the summit.
Route Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: January 2000
Climbed as an accclimating hike with one other friend. Our guide actually was ill and had to stay back in Quito. He went over the route with us before we left. No trouble at all. Very well worn track leads up from the antenna. We did not encounter any trouble, dispite reports of bandits and dogs. Very wet and misty climb. A few snow fluries while scrambling up the summit pyramid.