Ascent of Volcán Pichincha - Ruku on 2017-05-30

Climber: Daniel Rainey

Date:Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Volcán Pichincha - Ruku
    Elevation:15354 ft / 4679 m

Ascent Trip Report

If in the area (Quito) and want a nice, low effort hike with some good class 2 exposure toward the top, this hike is it. To make this as easy and FUN as possible, we took the teleferiqo (cable lift) up, then hiked a small bit to a stable offering horseback rides to the base of the peak where it starts to turn to rock. We then scrambled up the remaining distance, 1-2 hours for an easy summit. The highlight was the horseback ride, so don't see this as a copout! If I recall correctly it was ~25-30 for two people on two horses, and I didn't feel the need or want to haggle lower though I'm sure you could.

Descent hike back to top of cable car, sans horses.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:

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