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Are guides required for Cayambe and Chimborazo?

I've been reading online and haven't been able to find a straight answer about this.

My 2 friends and I are planning a mountain climbing trip to Ecuador in February 2016. We're thinking of climbing either Cayambe or Chimborazo (since Cotopaxi erupted recently). We're confident in our ability to climb such mountains safely and therefore would prefer to climb without a guide.

Is it at all possible to climb Cayambe or Chimborazo without hiring a ...
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gear beta desired for the Cordillera Blanca

Greetings fellow climbers, going to the Cordillera Blanca soon with a friend to climb some mountains & whatnot, & would like to know what kinds of gear decisions others have made. Potential peaks/climbs are Alpamayo, Huandoy Norte, Huascaran Norte, Ranrapalca, ... (looking at the guide, I feel like a kid in a candy shop... :) ). In particular, ropes (how many, length, diameter, ...), boots (single/leather or ...
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Ecuador partners in August?

I'm heading off to Ecuador on Monday as leader for a school expedition. I'm with the kids for 4 weeks and then amazingly have 2 weeks to myself! I'm doing planning on getting a few days trekking and climbing in. No set plan but thinking maybe something near Quito (Pinchincha), then Las Cajas national park. I'm also considering doing a glacier skills course on Cayambe before attempting Chimborazo with a local guiding company.
I'll be ...
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Bolivia Climbing June 22nd- July 4th Bolivia Climbing June 22nd- July 4th


I have booked Pequeno Alpamayo, Huyana Potosi and Sajama climbs in Bolivia starting from June 22nd - July 4th through Boliviamountains set departure dates. So far, I am the only person signed up for those dates. Some people were supposed to signed up for the same dates but they cancelled at the last moment. I have already booked my flights and planing to go ahead with the plan.

http://www.bolivianmountains.com/set-de ... ...

Do not hire Acomara expeditions company

In 2014 I trained hard to find the summit of Aconcagua in Argentina. I looked for sponsors to cover expenses and I joined a trading expedition, as my fellow climber could not accompany me.

I hired ACOMARA expeditions who do not recommend for the following reasons:

1. Your website has enough information which promise much but with very poor results. Sales are the most essential to the agency. The success or failure doesn’t matter.

2. ...
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Huayhuash, does it live up to the hype? Compared to Nepal?

My wife and I are considering going to Peru to do some trekking. We're avid hikers but haven't really done any long distance treks, mainly because we haven't been to Nepal, there's no trekking in the Rockies, and when we spent a month in the Alps we found we could see a lot more spectacular scenery moving around and doing dayhikes and overnights here and there instead of committing two weeks to say Tour du ...
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Wantsan or Hantsan

Has anyone made an attempt on this peak in the Cordillera Blanca?
I am planning a trip this summer with Altitude Junkies and curious about others experiences on this peak.
Is it really TD- ?


- Doug
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Peru for newbies

Hi All,

We're headed to Peru. We have a blank slate for 10 days. I'm just starting my research.
Machu Pichu is obviously on the list.

Anything else a wildlife, mountain loving mama would enjoy?

Any itinerary suggestions?

2 teenagers in tow.

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