A fun climb, especially up the knife edge ridge towards the top. Quito looks small from the summit.
Great way to end the year, got cloudy about 2 mins before the top though
No views at all...
I'm starting to think come here was a huge mistake, could be at Catamarca with better conditions doing 6000 peaks...
Successful summit of Guagua with Parofes, 1/5. Time to summit, 4000m to 4776m: 2 hours even.
Successful summit of Rucu with Jergen and Peter, 1/4. Time to summit, 3850m to 4627m: 2 hours and 40 minutes.
3 hours up from the teleferico, 2 hours down. Socked in in fog all day today, and rained off and on. fun enough climb to acclimatize, intereesting little 4th class rocks at the top for a very short section.
By the normal route and close to the summit with a funny and easy rock climbing out of the route.
After 4 airports, no dinner last night and no breakfast today...
Quite tirying..but easy.
Great views to Guagua Pichincha!
Note: At the teleferico i measured 3.890 m of altitude (not 4100m) and at the summit of Rucu 4.702 m.
It was a fun scramble, esp if you veer off the cairned trail and start up the rock close to the saddle ridge. Good stuff!
Up the direct route and down the normal one, with Boriss and Liesbeth, who we met on the trail.
This was the hardest route I ever climbed free. Later, I found out it was rated III-. Fun climb though, and a great morale booster.
With Boriss and his son Boris.
Rob (HOL), Boris (my son) and I climbed Guagua Pichincha the day before. We saw Rucu in the distance.
Rob (HOL) and I climbed Rucu´s direct route along with Liesbeth (BEL). Hanna (SWE) climbed by the normal route alone and waited for us there.
Very nice scramble. Got to the top (4,698 m / 15,413) after two and a half hours after leaving the trailhead.
Met with Hana at the summit and had some snaks for 30 minutes with a Swiss and a Polish.
We got some hail on the way down, but nothing serious.
It's been more than a year since I climbed Guagua Pichincha with andreeacorodeanu.
Climbed with my son Boris and Rob (HOL). Perfect weather, just a bit windy at the summit (4,781 m / 15,682 ft). We saw a condor flying a few meters above us.
Very enjoyable climb!
Wow!, missed climbing by this route!. Great weather and nice people up at the summit. Met with Mike (USA), my good friend I climbed Cotopaxi with a couple years ago.
Got back by the normal route.
Took Teleferico and summited Rucu via the standard route. The mountain becomes much more beautiful than from the city as you ascend. Saw some great animals and met many nice people. We were lucky for there was fresh snow on top. We got great views of the valley to the north and to Quito! Thanks to Lucho for the invite!
Almost zero visibility and lots of rain. Still a nice acclimatisation hike.
Up the teleferico, then 1h45 to the summit and another hour down. Met only one other hiker all day..
Climbed with Michele, Bernard, Jean Pierre, Christine, Marine and Fred.. all of them french.
We started the climb/hike at the trailhead 4,100 m. Good weather. Got to the summit (4,698 m / 15,413 ft) at 11.30 am (two hours after leaving from the TH).
Got back to Quito by 2.30 pm and had a nice city tour. I enjoyed spending time with them while they were in EC. An awesome french team.. I'll miss them.
I took a taxi to the teleferico (4 dollars), was up the teleferico by 9am (8,5 dollars, opens at 8am on Saturday), short hike to the summit, which I summited with Esteban and Diego (from Quito, whom I met on the trail). Good views for only a few minutes from the summit, sunny but pretty cold at the top with the clouds.
Together with the American Gary Rice I climbed Guagua Pichincha as a warm up for Cotopaxi. Great weather. After the summit we continued onto Padre Encantado. We used the guideservice of Hugo from Safari Tours in Quito.
We drove to the hut at 14900 feet, a leisure hour from there.
Public transport to Lloa options (we got to Lloa for $0.75 each, began at 1:30 PM in old town, arrived at 3 PM Lloa). We took the Trole to its southern end, and then caught a bus to Mena 2, a neighborhood on the west side of southern Quito (we asked an attendant which bus to take, then asked again when to get off). The bus dropped us off Calle Antonio Jose de Sucre and the Camino a Lloa (there´s a sign pointing to the right, up the hill). There are pickups there waiting to take you ($5 to Lloa, $70 to the refuge). BUT we took the bus, which picks people up on a side street (25c). If you walk from AJdeS toward Lloa on the Lloa road, take the first right over a curb (car´s can´t pass but you can) onto a side street. Here ask about the bus, there is a blue waiting room on the left side of the street with plastic chairs and bathroom in the back. I do not know how often service is, but we only waited about 10 min.
For the road to the refuge, get off the bus at the last place it stops and follow the main road down a big hill, and follow as it curves right up a big hill. 4 or 5 hours walking to the refuge, or take a pickup halfway (we paid $17) for 2h walking or farther, for more money.
Less than 12 hours after arriving in Quito, I was at the top of Rucu Pichincha. Took the teleférico up with a local guide and hiked to the top. I loved it!