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by Shady Ady
Hinckley, England, United Kingdom
July 1, 2007
From journal Tales of a Travelling Englishman (Ecuador - Part 7)
March 5, 2007
From journal Elemental Ecuador
Bristol, United Kingdom
July 25, 2005
So that’s the bad stuff. And don’t underestimate it - I thought I was acclimatised and I only made it to 5,300m before breathing became impossible and we had to turn round. People who regularly compete in triathlons didn’t make it.
But on the positive side, we started the ascent at 1am under a bright full moon, which made our head torches somewhat irrelevant. And, as we descended, dawn broke from beneath the clouds in the valley, which was a magical moment.
The climb is winter walking with ice axes and crampons. There is no need to be a master (or indeed a novice) at ice climbing, but previous experience is useful.
Kit-wise, I rented practically everything from Safari Tours in Quito, which I can thoroughly recommend. At $165 for the 2 days, it’s not the cheapest, but they’re highly regarded and know their stuff, which, on a mountain, can be invaluable.
If you’re up to it, both physically and in terms of acclimatisation, then go for it. It’s a real challenge.
From journal Journey to the Centre of the World
by globe trotter
Manchester, United Kingdom
November 12, 2000
From journal Hiking the Haciendas South of Quito