Ascent of Volcán Pichincha - Ruku on 2017-01-16

Climber: Harvest Mondello

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, January 16, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Volcán Pichincha - Ruku
    Elevation:15354 ft / 4679 m

Ascent Trip Report

SE Ridge, Class 3. This scramble is on solid rock and is more of a sustained climb 3 climb than the N Ridge or NW Ridge.

Cubre Rucu Pitchincha "Old the good that cries" 4,698 meters. Beautiful views today in all directions. I can see everything I climbed this trip (14 peaks). Hawks at the summit. Solo 4 peak traverse.

The Approach: Pitchinchas Traverse from 'Refugio Volcàn' (workers hut).

Take the Teleferico from the end of the trail (called Cruz Loma) down to Quito. From here take a wire van $5 and $1 per person to your Quito destination.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Route:SE Ridge (solo ascent)
Descent Statistics
    Route:SE Ridge
Ascent Part of Trip: Ecuador Jan. '17 (6 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1(Attempt) Volcán Altar2017-01-114859 ft / 1481 m
2Volcán Tungurahua2017-01-127180 ft / 2188 m
3Sincholagua2017-01-154910 ft / 1497 m
4Volcán Pichincha2017-01-16 
5Volcán Pichincha - Ruku2017-01-16 
6Padre Encantado2017-01-16 
Total Trip Gain: 16949 ft / 5166 m    Total Trip Loss: 16949 ft / 5166 m

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