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A snapshot of Ecuador, Part 1

While I have climbed and guided all over the world, I had never visited the high mountain world of Ecuador. Even before the wheels of the airplane touched down, I had an idea of what was to come. The lush, green valleys of the Quito area are surrounded by multiple massive peaks, cloaked in thick blankets of ice and snow. The flight was quick and easy, with no significant time change from the west coast.

My friend and our senior guide in South America, Jaime Avila, met me at the airport and soon we were cruising towards downtown Quito and…

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South America Climbing Schools

Alpenglow Expeditions isn’t just about #RapidAscent climbs of Mt Everest, we have options for all experience levels, including first time climbers or those who need to brush off their skill set. In June we have two climbing school offerings in South America. Our Peru Climbing School is May 31- June 14 and our next available Ecuador Climbing School is June 3- June 11, with an optional extension until June 18 to climb an additional two peaks.

These schools are both a good introduction to high altitude climbing and a great way to gain the skills necessary for more challenging expeditions…

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What’s Up Next: ECUADOR

We are looking forward to our first Ecuador Climbing School of the year. Our early spring Ecuador program is sold out, the next availability we have is April 15- 23 or June 3- 11, 2017. On this expedition the climbers learn all of the skills it takes to summit a glaciated volcano such as Cayambe, the third highest peak in Ecuador.

 

 

 

This is a good introduction to high altitude climbing and a great way to gain the skills necessary for more challenging expeditions and peaks. On…

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Successful Summits On All December Expeditions

 

ECUADOR CLIMBING SCHOOL (photos and text: Logan Talbott)

Successful Cayambe Summit!  “On Friday we left the Refugio at midnight and made our way up the mountain. We had almost every sort of weather- frigid temps, wind, snow, hot sun, white out and perfect clear skies. We topped out at 9:30am, and had 360 views in all directions. Perfect, amazing summit (18,996′ / 5790m). Nine minutes later we couldn’t see ten feet!” Pictured here are Tom, Eli, lead guide Logan, lead guide Topo and Matt.

Otavalo Market and Chocolate Factory: …

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It’s Still Summit Season!

 

Yesterday the Aconcagua Rapid Ascent team hiked up to Cerro Colorado (15,500′ / 4724m) just behind Base Camp. They enjoyed great views of the Polish Glacier and the South Face as well. The team is moving to C1 (Camp 1) today and they plan to summit on Tuesday, weather permitting. The team members all feel good and strong for their summit push of Aconcagua (22,841′ / 6962m).

Despite the strong winds and cold temps, the Volcanoes of Mexico Climbing School team summited Iztaccihuatl (17,154′ / 5229m) yesterday. The team is currently in the town of Puebla and enjoying a…

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International December Expeditions

Alpenglow Expeditions currently has three international expeditions taking place. We have one Rapid Ascent expedition on Aconcagua near Mendoza, Argentina (14 days), and also two climbing schools, one in Mexico (9 days) and one in Ecuador (9 days + optional extension).

The Aconcagua Rapid Ascent team arrived safely and they are already enjoying the good food of Argentina. Everyone is feeling good and looking forward to getting higher in the mountains. The team got their permits, and left Mendoza for the town of Los Penitentes (8,540′ / 2600m). Los Penitentes sits at the entrance to the valleys leading into…

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Earthquake in Ecuador

As you have likely heard, the devastating 7.8 earthquake that struck along the coast of Ecuador on April 16 has put the coastal regions and the country in a state of disaster. Our logistics and guide team based in Quito are reporting that all is well in the capital although the strong shaking for almost a minute was terrifying. Quito lost power in parts of the city for some time but all has been restored. The part of the country sustaining the most damage is Portoviejo (about 250 miles west of Quito) with as many as 370 buildings destroyed.

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Motivation from Ecuador


Words by Alpenglow Expeditions guide Topo Mena

As a climber, it is very motiving to meet people who are always dreaming big, people who never stop the pursuit for something that will take them to see new horizons in their lives.

This time, our client M. Basrai came to Ecuador to learn from ground zero all that is neccessary to pursue his new goal in life: to climb the highest mountains in the world. And what a better place to start than the middle of the world? With some of the most accessible high altitude peaks on the…

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Success in Ecuador

Climbing in Ecuador isn’t just an awesome way to climb some of the most accessible 5,000 and 6,000 meter peaks in the world, it’s also a great adventure discovering a country full of culture, great food and breathtaking landscapes.

Climbing in Ecuador isn’t just an awesome way to climb some of the most accessible 5,000 and 6,000 meter peaks in the world, it’s also a great adventure discovering a country full of culture, great food and breathtaking landscapes.

During the week of December 12-20, 2015 our team got to summit Cayambe (5790m) the third highest peak in the country.…

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Ecuador Climbing School, November 2015

Ecuador November Trip Dispatch

Alpenglow has seen two expeditions head to Ecuador this November with the first team exiting the country late last week and a new one arriving on Sunday. While Cotopaxi (19,347 ft / 5,897 m) is in the middle of an eruption cycle spewing ash and smoke out of its crater we’ve made slight changes to our itineraries and have enjoyed putting our skills to the test on the nearby Cayambe (18,996 ft / 5790 m). 

Team #1 – Bill and Michael

The father and son duo of Bill

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