Nice hike from Teleferico, weather was interesting, normal for Quito"s "foothills"
I wanted to summit Rucu when I was in Quito, but the weather was very foggy, and rainy in the afternoons. I had already given up when on my last afternoon I saw that it had cleared up. So I changed clothes, packed my stuff and took the cable car.
It was already past 4 PM when I arrived at the upper station, so summitting was already ruled out. I made a 3 hour wildlife watching hike, up to around 4200 m a.s.l. on a side path and returning on the standard trail. The scenery was beautiful, and I could photograph rabbits, birds and the native páramo flora. The weather conditions change rapidly, though, as they do in most of Ecuador. Summitting involves planning, a flexible agenda and also lots of luck, at least this time of the year
I live in Quito and have summited Ruku twice and Guagua once.
I struggled because of a bad acclimatization but made it to the top from Teleferiqo then following the normal route. The top was in the clouds but it was an awesome hike with great views to Quito.
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.
* 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Rode the Teleferiqo up. Very nice climb with great views of Quito.
Great way to start the new year. Only Guagua Pichinca. First time over 15k feet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From civil defense hut 4.560m; after failed Cotopaxi ;)
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.