Guagua/Rucu Pichincha Climber's Log

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chicagotransplant - Sep 19, 2022 3:31 pm Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2022

TeleferiQo  Sucess!

Rucu Pichincha from the TeleferiQo, acclimatization for Cotopaxi. With Jamie, Kyle and Jaime.


reedochalek - Jul 2, 2022 12:54 pm Date Climbed: Mar 22, 2022

Altitude sickness...  Sucess!

Highest point I had gotten to at the time


arosusi - Apr 2, 2020 10:57 am

Teleferico  Sucess!

Climbed Pichincha two times.

casetrain_ - Mar 2, 2020 6:03 am Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2019

Climbed Rucu  Sucess!

Climbed Rucu from the Teleférico


Lodewijk - Dec 4, 2019 3:45 am Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2019

Rucu Pichincha 4696m  Sucess!

Climbed from the Telefirico up to the summit. The summit part is a bit tricky due to the loose debris. I saw many people struggling to get up to be honest. Also rainy conditions at the top and no visibility. Weather changes rapidly here.
I went down "trailrunning" style, because my girlfriend was waiting at the Teleferico.
Interesting to be at "Monte Rosa altitude" on hiking shoes.

Senad Rizvanovic

Senad Rizvanovic - Feb 25, 2019 8:57 am Date Climbed: Feb 18, 2019

Nice Hike!  Sucess!

Nice hike from Teleferico, weather was interesting, normal for Quito"s "foothills"


bodofzt - Feb 22, 2019 1:43 pm Date Climbed: Feb 20, 2019

Short afternoon páramo loop

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

ForgottenLore - Aug 22, 2018 11:49 am Date Climbed: Nov 18, 2017

ForgottenLore  Sucess!

I live in Quito and have summited Ruku twice and Guagua once.

Exploration Junkie

Exploration Junkie - Jan 27, 2018 6:36 pm Date Climbed: Apr 15, 2017

Rucu via Teleferiqo & classic route  Sucess!

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.


Tonka - Jan 2, 2018 10:43 am Date Climbed: Dec 18, 2017

Fell a little short.

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.


Harvest - Aug 16, 2017 12:57 pm Date Climbed: Dec 12, 2016

The Pichinchas & Traverse  Sucess!

* 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.


steved - Jun 23, 2017 9:59 am Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2017

Rucu Pichincha  Sucess!

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.


seancau - Mar 13, 2017 8:18 pm Date Climbed: Mar 28, 2016

GuaGua via Rucu  Sucess!

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.

georgeuva - Apr 16, 2016 11:18 pm Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2015

Rucu via Teleferico  Sucess!

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.


Walkoutnow - Nov 17, 2014 10:22 am Date Climbed: Nov 3, 2014

Quito   Sucess!

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.


wordlessnature - Jun 26, 2014 7:46 pm Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2014

Rucu via Teleférico  Sucess!

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!

Ted Bauer

Ted Bauer - Jun 9, 2014 4:48 pm Date Climbed: May 30, 2014

Commando Summit  Sucess!

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.


michaelblodgett - Mar 18, 2014 2:08 pm Date Climbed: Feb 13, 2014

Rucu Pinchincha 15,696  Sucess!

Rode the Teleferiqo up. Very nice climb with great views of Quito.


scgrant - Jan 29, 2014 9:51 pm Date Climbed: Jan 1, 2014

Guagua Pichincha  Sucess!

Great way to start the new year. Only Guagua Pichinca. First time over 15k feet.


jm141302 - Oct 3, 2013 12:37 pm Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2013

Rucu to Padre and back  Sucess!

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.

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