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Stories: Ecuador Ring of Fire

Mountain adventures create the best stories, and we want to share some of ours with you. Dive into Alpenglow Stories to stay up to date on expeditions in the field, read blogs, and get tips and tricks from guides.

One of the volcanoes in Ecuador's Ring Of Fire.

Quiet Rage and the Limits of Mountains

A client recounts the transformative experiences in the mountains while on our Ecuador Ring Of Fire Ski Mountaineering Expedition.
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COVID-19 Protocols for Expeditions in Ecuador

Following the shut down of our entire international program in March of 2020, Ecuador will be the first country outside of the U.S. that Alpenglow Expeditions will venture back to….
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Choosing your Ice Axe

  Part 2: If you grab your crampons, chances are you’ll want an ice axe too. {Read Part 1:  How to Pick Crampons} Ice Axes and Crampons often go hand…
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Top 10 Reasons We Love Climbing in Ecuador

Climbing in Ecuador has a lot to offer. We haven’t found the same combination of factors in any other high altitude climbing locations around the world. If you’ve climbed Rainier,…
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What’s in Adrian’s Closet?

  “Frostbite is Failure” Interview with Adrian Ballinger: A run-through of every climbing shoe and mountain boot in his arsenal. Mountain guides may be the most shoe-obsessed people on the…
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One Couple, Two Distinct Climbing Careers

How does one couple balance their two distinct climbing careers? We asked Emily how she and Adrian manage to make it work and how their new YouTube series, DangerStik TV,…
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Michelle & Emily’s Ring of Fire Photo Blog

On their recent Ring of Fire Expedition, ski mountaineers Emily Harrington and Michelle Parker combined the hard work of climbing with the most efficient form of descent (that isn’t flying) and…
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A snapshot of Ecuador, Part 2

    Dawn found us high on the mountain. The last several hours had been filled with the rhythmic crunching of crampons, interspersed with stories of past adventures and thoughts…
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High Points and Ritter Sports

With ski season wrapped up and the sun shining in Lake Tahoe, it was hard to imagine packing my bags to go climb volcanoes in Ecuador. I started off with…
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Blowing in the Wind

The Alpenglow team is enjoying some down time at Papallacta, a hot springs retreat high in the Ecuadorian Andes.  It’s in a cloud forest at 11,500 feet of elevation, with…
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