Sat 22nd Oct - Sun 6th Nov, 2022

Ecuador - Glaciers and Volcano climbing

Andy Stratford


Quito, capital of Ecuador, is situated at 2850m in ‘’The Avenue of Volcanos’’ – it is surrounded by both extinct, dormant, and active volcanic peaks between 3500m and 6300m. Members of the team will make attempts to climb several (but not all....!!) of these non-glaciated and glaciated volcanic peaks including Imbabura (4,609m), Illiniza Norte (5,126), Illiniza Sur (5,263m), Antisana (5,705m) Ecuador's fourth highest mountain, Cayambe (5,790m) the third highest and Cotopaxi (5,890m) the second highest.

Antisana, which is slightly more difficult to access, is climbed way less than the popular 3 highest mountains; Cayambe, Cotopaxi, Chimborazo - all three of which are located in the central valley near Quito and it presents a significantly greater technical challenge with a couple of steep pitches at the end. It can have poorer weather as it is affected by the Amazon rain forest and is also heavily crevassed with some tricky route finding, all of which must be completed at night. Two weeks isn't long to get most of these climbed.... but we'll do our best!


Andy Stratford

Andy S
Harry Potts
Stevie G
Stuart H
Emily Thompson
Michelle Harrison
Chris K
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