2nd hike to lower summit. This is always a long day but very worth it especially if you catch a clear day.
Slick trail made this a bit tough.. Great scramble at the top
Climbed with a guide Jose from Casa Aida. Made it to the end of the road in the back of the truck and then climbed in around 3h 20min. Most of the climb we had great weather but just as we reached summit clouds covered the whole mountain. On the way back it started to rain...
Climbed the peak as warm up for Cayambe and Cotopaxi on a trip organized by Campus Trekking. Made it to 3.450 in the bus and hiked from there. Partly clouded but OK weather. Reached the "hiking" peak at 4.578 m in 5 hours and stayed there for an hour or so.
Normal route (east) from ~3.340m.
Turned around because of fog, rain and wind.
Nice day to be in the mountains. Some very brief scrambling on wet rock between the two summits. It rained, drizzled, and snowed off and on with very little wind. The lack of wind kept it relatively warm. I only needed a t-shirt, light fleece, and rain jacket all day. Cloudy most of the time, but we briefly got to see Laguna de San Pablo and Otovalo while hiking the ridge back from the higher summit.
Great climb, Amazing weather. We started a little late but were acclimitized very well so we could climb very quickly. There were no clouds all day long, wich was quite special. Also it was very hot that day. Amazing views of the nearby mountains of Fuya Fuya and Cotacachi. Summited the fals and the real summit by walking over the rigde. Great day trip done from Otavalo.
A lot of snow on the mountain, especially around the crater rim. It made the climbing section extra sketchy. We picked around for quite a while looking for the safest way up but couldn´t find a place we felt comfortable trying. No precipitation, just a lot of drifting clouds. Views came and went lightning fast. Really gorgeous though! We´ll be back.
Daniella and I summited Imbabura with great weather. A bit windy, though. Awesome climb. Great to be up there the two of us.
We camped a night at the TH and started the climb at first light. Can't wait to hit more summits together!
Stayed at Casa Aida the night before, good place and pretty cheap. We started early the next morning, but got turned around in some pasture. After wandering through the Páramo, we finally found the trail and met a guide who was out for the day with his son and a friend. They graciously let us tag along and showed us the route through the gathering clouds. We reached the first summit easily enough, but by that time one could hardly see several yards ahead, so we left the crater rim to be done another day.
Climbed with Rob (HOL). Fast ascent. Got to the touristic summit at 10:30 am and to the True summit (4,610 m) at 11:15 am followed by two american guys.
Very nice climb. The rock was in perfect conditions all the way up to both summits. Very solid and dry.
Climbed with Boriss today. Started just after 7 and got up the mountain real fast, without taking any breaks, to beat potential thunderstorms, which are happening unseasonally often in Ecuador at the moment.
Eventually, the storm didn´t materialize, but as I´m writing this from Otavalo, it´s raining.
Took a from Ibarra to Chirihuasi at 7:00. To refugio it´s about an half an hour of walk. From there hours to the summit(4609), and two back. Nice walk, bit of a climb, some dangerous looking places, but technically easy.
Although well acclimatised, it is a long trip starting from La Esperanza. Little to no visibility at the summit. We were alone on the mountain the entire day. Great atmosphere!
I took the bus at 07am from Otavalo to Ibarra then to La Esperanza, then the 4 dollar ride taxi to Cashaloma at 3346m where the is a map of the trail and a house saying 'refugio' although not operational. It took me two hours in all to get here. Got to the first summit in three hours. Did the rim in the clouds (45min) but as I got to the real summit it opened up and I had great views. I didn't find that rim dangerous at all. The first and last five meters might be a bit scary to some yes. Went for a coffee at casa Aida on the way back. Rooms are seven dollars per person there, nice place to stay.
Climbed with Andreea (ROM) from the casa "Refugio Imbabura". We spent the night there and started early at 4:45 am. Great weather during the approaching to the ridge, then it turned foggy and windy.
Got to the summit at 9;45 am after 5 hours of climbing. Nice being up there with Andreea, my climbing partner during the last 5 months.
Got back to the town of La Esperanza by foot by early afternoon.
Boriss (ECU) and I started our climb at 4:45 am. We spent the night at the trailhead (house at the end of the road). A beautiful mountain with strange rock formations. The weather changed a couple meters below the summit, it got foggy and windy at times.
Love this mountain... like all of the Ecuadorian mountains!
First of several acclimatization hikes planned....
Climbed with 22 English boys and girls. We started at 7:30 am from La Esperanza trailhead.
All of us summited including the other 3 ecuadorian guides. It took us 8 hours RT. It was a foggy and windy day.
A nice experience for all of us after expending 8 days sitting on our bikes thoughout northern Ecuador.
Great weather in the morning. Clouds on top. Nice scrambling, a bit chilly. Took 4 hours round trip with lots of breaks. Found a water tap just downhill from the rain collection station-looks to be used to water horses and worked for us!