Ascent of Volcán Pichincha - Ruku on 2009-05-19

Climber: Arne Schussler

Date:Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Tram
Peak:Volcán Pichincha - Ruku
    Elevation:14764 ft / 4500 m

Ascent Trip Report

Rode TeleferiQo at 2950 to top (Cruz Loma) with Shauna and Kelly, climbed trail to sign saying limits of visitor safety then left Shauna to duck the fence and start up. Amazing views all around and especially down nearly 1000m into Quito. Altitude not much of a problem taking it very slow. Blowing fog hiding rock spires but lifted to reveal an awesome scene. Passed by 2 Italian climbers separately who didn't know each other! Got to bottom of scree slope - last pitch to summit but was getting late and weather looking stormy. Had left Shauna with her book at the TeleferiQo for 4 hrs.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1969 ft / 600 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1969 ft / 600 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:low clouds, cool, then brief clearings with intense sun
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1969 ft / 600 m
    Distance:5.8 mi / 9.3 km
    Start Trailhead:12795 ft / 3899 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1969 ft / 600 m
    End Trailhead:12795 ft / 3899 m

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