hiked up as an acclimatization day
December 28, 2005: After waiting for two days for the rain to stop (it had been constantly raining for the past 2 weeks in Quito; the rainy season that should have occured on October/November was delayed 'til December/January), DeeDee and I took the Teleferico up from La Comuna to Cruz Loma and started hiking at 10:00am towards Rucu Pichincha. The last 200 feet to Rucu' s summit was interesting scrambling on mixed class 3 rock/snow. Reached Rucu' s summit at 1:00pm. Then, we took our sweet time descending while talking to various other groups. Got back to the Teleferico upper station by 3:00pm.
December 29, 2005: Rented a small 4WD truck (a Chevrolet Vitara). Drove up to 3820 meters (12,533 ft). Couldn't drive any higher because of major mud on the dirt/muddy road. Started the Guagua Pichincha hike at 10:50am. Summited by 1:30pm. Talked to a Polish & a German guy at the summit. Left summit at 1:45pm. Back at the truck at 2:58pm (~ 4 hrs roundtrip). Then, we drove to Aloasi, Machachi and stayed at Hosteria La Estacion.
This was my first ascent outside of the United States, and quite an enjoyable hike.
Start at 0800 somewhere on the 4WD track (altitude 3700 m = 12000 ft)
Refuge at 1020 (altitude 4500 m = 14600 ft)
Summit at 1200
Smell of sulphur !
Nice view, the morning, then cloudy
Very easy (track)
The newly built cablecar 'TeleferiQo' from Quito makes this a nice daytrip.
Nice easy scrambling to the summit. Good acclimatisation hike
Nice hike. On the summit rather bad weather.
Soon it started to snow and it got cold.
Quick descent to hut for some hot tea!
Karl Nelson and I arrived in Quito at the height of the rainy season after hitchhiking down the Pan-American Highway from Utah forty-eight years ago. We started early in the morning from Quito and hiked up through paramo grass to the rocky crags that represent the edge of Pichincha's crater. Unfortunately clouds had already set in as we achieved the summit and we were denied any view. However as we were climbing the slopes immediately above Quito earlier that morning, we espied the snow cone of Cotopaxi rising to the southeast.
Wet weather discouraged us from attempting any other peak in Ecuador at that time. We went on to Peru and Bolivia where we summited El Misti and Huayna Potosi. We had planned to return to Ecuador later in 1958 but never realized it after I caught hepititus in Argentina and Karl was drafted into the U.S. Army.
In six months of travel by thumb from Utah to Argentina, we expended less than $300 each. It cost a weakened me more than that just to fly DC-4s back to Mexico City where I recovered my strength and took a bus back to Salt Lake City. It was far more adventurous and challenging to travel back then before the age of jet travel.
Great acclim route and easy 3rd class scramble to the true summit. We had a dusting of snow and a lot of fog during our climb, so no views for us. Very nice and easy climb.
Summitted Guagua with cp0915, Thomas, and Brett. Used as accli climb for bigger mountains. Had great views of Illinizas, Cotopaxi, Antisana, Cayambe, Corazon, Ruminahui, just to name a few.
-Jan 22, 2005
great weather...fantastic views from the summit of guagua
(I don't know what was better, though - the views from Guagua or the front row seat to the student riot - students throwing rocks, police in full battle gear throwing tear gas, a tank on fire - we had in Quito the day before!)
-Jan 2, 2009
Returned with DB and Andy Mac for a link-up of Guagua and Padre Encantado. With temps in the teens and 50 feet of visibility, we stopped at the summit of Guagua. Still, an interesting day out...especially the hired truck breaking on us, leading us to walk several miles down the mountain to catch a ride back to Quito in Lloa.
Not a good peakbagging start to 2009, as I'd failed on Pasochoa the previous day because of bad beta.
We used this climb for the acclimatization. Started at around 3900 m, where we went by car. Great view of the valley with Quito, in the far Cotopaxi, Antisana, etc.
Great views around sunrise of Cotapaxi, Illiniza, etc.
The first of many times up the massif.
What can I say... A bold ascent.
Thinking about a Guagua - Rucu traverse now.
[update: the traverse is time well spent]
Climbed Guagua Pichincha for aclimatizing before going to Cotopaxi and Chimborazo. Nice trek and very good for aclimatizing.
Too sad it was cloudy and couldn't see the crater nor the amazing views of other volcanoes.
A beautiful day with no one else on the mountain. We summitted Guagua after hiking miles and miles up the dirt road from Lloa. Stirred up the dogs and the guard at the hut, but we felt safe the entire time. No indication of bandits or thieves.
Took the bus to El Bosque, climbed north ridge from Quito up to Condor Rumi, climbed the east rock ridge of the summit peak. Good training hike, although dangerous for tourists. A vertical mile from the city to the summit.
I actually climbed the higher summit (15,728) of the Pichinchas, GuaGua Pichincha. This is the one that erupted about 3 years ago covering Quito and surrounding areas with tons of ash. It only recently was reopened to climbing. The crater was still very active as evident from the smells and sounds. Too cloudy to see anything from the summit.
My first climb was in 1976 while I was living and working in Ecuador with the Peace Corps.
I returned in 2003 with my son and climbed it again. Nice climb with beautiful views between the clouds. Great memories of time spent with my kid.
Climbed as an accclimating hike with one other friend. Our guide actually was ill and had to stay back in Quito. He went over the route with us before we left. No trouble at all. Very well worn track leads up from the antenna. We did not encounter any trouble, dispite reports of bandits and dogs. Very wet and misty climb. A few snow fluries while scrambling up the summit pyramid.