I've been up this way a few times. Hour and 45 min from the Teleferiqo. The way is much more interesting and challenging than the normal route. It's good for going to the top but not sure I'd like to climb down it.
Solo, nice scramble. Little bit cloudy.
With ET's crew. Great time, loved that Ventana de Muerte.
Climbed with Boriss and Liesbeth.
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.
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.
Three hours to the top. Weather was good but foggy. Climbed with Boriss. Stayed 5 seconds at the top and we boggied on down due to thunder threatening.
Nice views of Quito from the Teleferiqo area. A great acclimatization climb and training for the next climbs to be done in Ecuador.
Started at 10:30 am. Weather was good but cloudy. Andreea (ROM) and I climbed up by the direct route. Got to the top 3 hours later.
Great views of Quito from teleferico.
Christine (USA) and I started our hike at 10:00 am from the teleferico trailhead. Perfect weather. We chose to scramble up by the direct route. A russian team followed our moves all the way up to the summit.
Easy scramble up and down El Paso de la Muerte (Pass of death). Got to the summit (4,698 m/15,413 ft) at 1:00 pm. We took hundreds of pictures of the surroundings, the crater and of ourselves. Got back to Quito at 3:00 pm.
Total climbing time: 5 hours.
My friend Katy and I got to the top in two hours. Easy scrambling to the summit (4,698 m/15,413 ft). We took a short trail before the first arete and then headed straight up with no problems at all. Dry conditions in the whole mountain. We summited and headed down by the normal route. RT time: 3h 30 minutes.
Posted Jul 21, 2008 2:09 pm
Héloïse (FRA) and I started at 11:00 am. We took an easy pass by the southwestern side of Rucu, in order to avoid a few exposed passes in the first pitch of the climb. We got to "Paso de la Muerte" soon after. Climbed up a couple of feak summits and ended up on the true summit.
We returned by the normal route.
Started at 9:00 as soon as the teleferico opened. Climbed with Pablo and Vero. Easy 3rd class scramble, with some exposed passes, one of them "Paso de la Muerte" where one of my best friends Colon Falconi fell to his dead 4 months later. Returned by the normal route.
. Colon Falconi (Nov/74 - May/07).
I have climbed Ruco 3 times- 7/23/o5, 8/6/05, 2/19/06 and Padre Encantado once- 8/6/05. All of them great experiences. The first time we camped on the summit and rock climbed on some cliffs below in the morning. Ruco offers pretty descent rock- a rare thing in Ecuador. Did the ridge twice and the sandslide once.