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TonkaFell a little short.
Date Climbed: Dec 18, 2017


Came from sea level the day before and I turned around about 350 feet short as I was moving very slowly and had 3 peaks in a row ahead of me. We took the cable car up. Fun hike.
Posted Jan 2, 2018 10:43 am

HarvestThe Pichinchas & Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 12, 2016


* Pichincha Rucu: Northest Ridge 12-12-16. First day in Ecuador coming from sea level.

* Solo Traverse of the Pichinchas 1-16-17; Pichincha Guagua: South Face, Padre Encantado standard & Pichincha Rucu: Southeast Ridge.
Posted Aug 16, 2017 12:57 pm

stevedRucu Pichincha  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2017


I had no real intention of making this climb, I took the teleferico to 3950 metres with the intention of taking it easy and maybe only going to one of the view points. Made it to the summit in 3 hours, complete mist at the summit but still worth it. The scramble to the top on the west side was very reminiscent of Pen-y-ghent in the Yorkshire Dales, UK. If you had the time, it would be worth doing all 3 summits.
Posted Jun 23, 2017 9:59 am

seancauGuaGua via Rucu  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 28, 2016


Took the first teleferiQo at 9am to the top, then hiked up to Rucu (2.5hrs, easy). I continued on to GuaGua while Yaz, my hiking partner, descended. Reached the summit of GuaGua at 2:15pm, the last section before the top was very steep on loose scree.No views, summits shrouded in cloud. Descended by the same route to the teleferiQo, only bypassing Rucu's summit on the way down. Got caught in a torrential downpour, so ended up running quite a bit, I reached the teleferiQo at 5pm. From the bottom of the teleferiQo I walked a further 20mins to the highway & took a taxi into the centre of Quito for just $3.50.
Posted Mar 13, 2017 8:18 pm

georgeuvaRucu via Teleferico  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2015
Started this solo, but tagged along with other climbers on the way. Avoided ascending the scree by scrambling up a route to the left of the scree.
Posted Apr 16, 2016 11:18 pm

WalkoutnowQuito   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 3, 2014


The Pichincha massif looks very impressive wrapping around the valley of Quito. Nice hike most of the way, with a bit of scrambling the last 2-300 feet. Nice acclimatization climb.
Posted Nov 17, 2014 10:22 am

wordlessnatureRucu via TelefĂ©rico  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2014


We hiked up from the Teleférico at 1145, a bit of a late start. Cloudy with patches of sun. We started on the rock a few hundred feet past the first cave on the left, and gained the ridge very early, at which point the fog was preventing visibility past 15'. Some interesting routefinding challenges, but we made it up by 2:30, and descended via the standard route with some snow. Great time!
Posted Jun 26, 2014 7:46 pm

Ted BauerCommando Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 30, 2014

Ted Bauer

Excellent Ruca climb with my best girl Beth. On that last part of the summit bid we were joined by a troup of Ecuadorian Special Forces. They included us in their celebration and photos.
Posted Jun 9, 2014 4:48 pm

michaelblodgettRucu Pinchincha 15,696  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 13, 2014


Rode the Teleferiqo up. Very nice climb with great views of Quito.
Posted Mar 18, 2014 2:08 pm

scgrantGuagua Pichincha  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 1, 2014


Great way to start the new year. Only Guagua Pichinca. First time over 15k feet.
Posted Jan 29, 2014 9:51 pm

jm141302Rucu to Padre and back  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2013


Clear day. Could see all the way to Chimborazo. Got to the top of Rucu starting from the cable car in a hour and 45, and then continued down, climbed another peak before getting to padre encantado. Around 6 1/2 hours total.
Posted Oct 3, 2013 12:37 pm

dielotrRucu with acclimatization  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 24, 2013
Solo climb of Rucu from Teleferiq'o. A world of difference since the first time I climbed in January, when I only had a week of acclimatization. Now that I've lived in Quito for four months, Rucu was a breeze. Clearest day I've seen in Ecuador, as well! Snapped photos of Quito, Cotopaxi, Antisana, Cayambe, Ilinizas, Ruminahui, Corazon, Guagua and Padre Encantado, and even Chimborazo- 120 miles away.
Posted Apr 30, 2013 9:08 pm

Garon CorizRucu with Chris  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 12, 2013

Garon Coriz

A warm-up for Chris on basically her second day in Ecuador. The snowy conditions at the summit made for a bit of sketch. Running to make the teleferico was quite the rush.
Posted Mar 12, 2013 5:25 pm

Garon CorizFirst Peak On Second Time to Ecuador  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 10, 2013

Garon Coriz

Drove to Lloa with Sebastian and hired a 4x4 to get us up the road. They turned around far from the parking area, which made the total elevation gain for the day over 3,000 feet. We got to the summit fairly quickly where we were met with snow and wind. The crater looked amazing with the blowing snow.
Posted Mar 12, 2013 5:17 pm

flowGuagua Pichincha, 4.776m  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 19, 2012


From civil defense hut 4.560m; after failed Cotopaxi ;)
Posted Feb 12, 2013 4:32 am

dielotrGuagua and Padre Encantado  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 2, 2013
Climbed Padre Encantado and Guagua Pichincha from Lloa side. Truck up to first parking lot, then hike up to Padre. No clouds yet. Traversed ridge to Guagua Pichincha refugio/shelter before climbing Guagua via sandy ridgeline. Clouds at summit.
Posted Feb 3, 2013 1:17 pm

JakeSolo via East Ridge   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 22, 2013


Nice scramble. Little bit cloudy.
Posted Jan 22, 2013 4:31 pm

dielotrFirst climb over 4000m
Date Climbed: Jan 13, 2013
Climbed Rucu Pichincha by Teleferiqo normal route. Skipped Paso de la Muerte. Cloudy near summit but fantastic views on the way up! Really feeling the effects of altitude- only 1 week of adjustment.
Posted Jan 13, 2013 9:00 pm

CissaShort and high  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 31, 2012


climbed Guagua, cloudy and windy but interesting views.
Posted Jan 10, 2013 4:57 pm

sunshineGuagua  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2011
A lovely hike.
Posted Jan 1, 2013 7:55 pm

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