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Cotopaxi: Top 5 Things You Don’t Leave Home Without

With a challenging climb ahead, the last thing you need are logistical problems like taking the wrong gear. Looking down on the world from the summit of Cotopaxi will be the experience of a lifetime. With a little bit of preparation, you can avoid problems and have a fantastic trip. We want to share our top five things that we won’t leave home without when going climbing in Ecuador.

Broken-in Boots

Buy your boots and wear them in (even if it’s just around the house) before you head to Ecuador.

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Why Learn to Climb

Many blogs explain how to climb or discuss which beginner routes to climb and where to find them. The internet is packed with explanations of traditional climbing versus sport climbing, free soloing versus free climbing, and why climb rock over ice. All valuable info. But why climb at all?People start because they have friends who climb. Or their significant other climbs on weekends and you want to learn so you can join. Sound familiar? The outdoors, the challenge, the adventure lure us in too. But what if you’re looking at the shoes, at the gear, and maybe at the ledge…

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An Inside Look in Pictures: Alpenglow’s Ecuador Expedition

In case you’re wondering what it’s really like to be on an expedition – and in particular our introductory climb on Cotopaxi in Ecuador – here’s your chance! Below is a collection of photos from the past six months of Alpenglow’s Ecuador Climbing School trips. They’ll give you insight on what you’ll climb, what you’ll see, who you might meet, and all the adventures in between.

To find out info on our Ecuador expedition or to join one, check out Alpenglow’s Ecuador Climbing School page.

Yes! We’ve arrived in Quito and this city is AWESOME!

 

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Congratulations to the Winner of Our Ecuador Climbing School Contest

The winner of Alpenglow’s Ecuador Climbing School Contest is Jenny Weisshaupt, from Sitka, Alaska. Congratulations Jenny! She says she’s super excited because “I love learning from other cultures and can’t wait to meet the people of Ecuador and see their home. I think my excitement can be best summed up by this Henry Rollins quote: “there are lessons that you can’t get out of a book that are waiting for you at the other end of that flight.”

Jenny was randomly selected as the winner of the free climbing trip on Cotopaxi. She will soon be enjoying this once in…

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Ecuador Expedition Fun! February 2015

Our February Ecuador expedition has begun! The team arrived in Quito on Saturday and began touring the city on Sunday morning. After visiting “The Magic Bean,” Alpenglow’s favorite breakfast place, they hopped on a bus and went to the Colonial part of Quito. They also began their acclimatization, climbing up to the towers of the “Basilica of the National Vow.” The Basilica is Gothic cathedral and is the only one where tourists can climb stairs and ladders all the way to the towers for a great view of Quito!

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Final Summit of Cotopaxi

Eszter and Cliff summitted Cotopaxi at 7:30 am on Saturday in a cloud. They made the top in 7.5 hours and descended in 2.5. They had a great climb and she is psyched!

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Ecuador Team Going for a Summit

The Ecuador team spent a few hours training on the Cotopaxi glacier this morning, getting a pre-dawn start to make sure they got practice before any weather rolled in. So far the weather is holding out. The snow conditions are really good. The crew spent covered some advanced glacier travel systems.

After a nap, and watching the mountain, the team decided that they are going to go for another summit attempt tonight! Jaime and Cliff have decided to wake at ten pm and start the hike at eleven thirty pm tonight. We’ll be cheering them on from home base!

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Ecuador Team Practices Skill Training

The Ecuador team headed back to Cotopaxi today. They are going to spend Friday and Saturday on the glacier working on skills and they’ll stay at Tambopaxi lodge until their return to Quito on Saturday afternoon/evening. They crew is in good spirits and everyone is stoked to be in the mountains! …

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Snowing on Cayambe

Our Ecuador team arrived at Cayambe yesterday and settled into the refuge at the base of the mountain. This morning they hiked to the glacier, which is when it started snowing. They hiked back down, due to the weather, and have been relaxing in the refuge enjoying food and down time before their summit push tonight. The team will leave at 11 p.m. and they are looking forward to it! They are keeping a close eye on the snow and both guides Jaime and Cliff will be keeping us updated on the team’s status. Stay tuned for some great pictures!…

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Why Ecuador is the Perfect Place to Learn Basic Mountaineering Skills

Ecuador is the perfect place to learn basic mountaineering skills. Alpenglow’s team begins by climbing Cotopaxi, which at 19,347 feet, is the world’s highest active volcano. Alpenglow’s main goal for this program is to ensure that your mountain skills are up to speed so that you can be a confident and active participant on this and other climbing teams moving forward. We begin acclimatizing immediately upon our arrival in Quito, Ecuador’s capital. The city sits at 9,500 feet, and is surrounded by four peaks. We do a few acclimatization hikes upon our arrival, including a hike to the summit of…

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