Glaciar Hermoso. Cayambe, Ecuador.SEP. 06. 2008
My ecuadorian buddies (Edgar, Katy, Veronica) and I left Quito early and got to Cayambe volcano for some ice climbing at its glacier.
We started heading up towards the upper part of the glacier, trying to find a good ice wall where to ice climb for the morning.
We found this nice almost vertical wall with good features. Ice conditions were hard like a stone but there were a few spots where the ice was softer.
We started ice climbing around 8:00 am. The weather wasn't nice at the beginning, but it got better an hour later. We had a nice sunny day at the glacier.
Edgar and I.
Heading back to the refuge
We took short breaks every half hour. The sun was hitting us pretty strong.
The temperature was rising up and we were concerned about the anchors, so we had to test them regularly during the climbs.
We finished ice climbing at 2:30 pm. We were starving, so we headed back to the refuge to cook some spaghetti and soup. Took a short rest and drove back to Quito the same afternoon.
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