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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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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!

 

The…

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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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