We came, we saw, …..we went inside for a warmer coat, then we conquered!!

22nd September, 2015 | by | general


We arrived at the Cayambe refuge late on Friday after a long journey on a road through the mountains. Now when I say a “road” it was probably more like a combination of different sized rocks all slung together. The route was unreal often close to the edge of high cliffs and only passable by 4×4 or off road motorbikes. As the weather was closing in we settled into our accommodation for the night, which we quickly began referring to as “the fridge” or the “cowshed”. This was a wooden hut with no heating and electric only occasionally via a petrol generator. We tried to sleep on two long shelves with 5 of us sleeping above the other 5. The following day we started our training with the use of crampons and ice axes. Led by two of our guides Nico and Jose, two very experienced guides and mountaineers who we had already come to trust and respect. They soon had us all prancing around doing a variety of exercises to build up our confidence in the crampons. If you imagine line dancing… Read more


Fuya Fuya 4275 Metres

18th September, 2015 | by | general


We made our way today out of Quito and headed up to the Cayambe area. On the way we stopped at the equator line where the three Amigos grabbed a quick photo opportunity. After a 3 hour drive we arrived at the base of our next challenge, the Fuya Fuya Volcano. Our start point was at the edge of a stunning mountain lake called Lagunas Mojanda that would easily rival the Lake District for natural beauty. The climb was along a thin winding path that gradually got steeper and steeper eventually turning into a scramble as we got to a saddle just under the summit. Here led by our guide George we all participated in an ancient South American Mountain Ritual called the Apacheta. This involved us all selecting a stone, the size of the stone meant to reflect the size of your sins. (Joe’s was practically a bolder Val, so I dread to think what he has been up to) Then whilst facing the Cayambe Volcano we had to blow over our chosen stones and some mountain flowers three… Read more

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tres amigos four volcano nil

17th September, 2015 | by | general


After spending hours under the dry dusty midday heat we came across an oasis of yellow and blue canvas tents, Yellow was for accommodation and we’ll leave you to figure out the blue We left at first light heading for a saddle at  Guagua Pichincha before passing ladrillos volcano and heading towards our old friend Ruco pichincha on the opposite  side a Cara Cara hawk observed us from a distance at lunchtime, ready to pick off any stragglers We donned our helmets for a rather scary and challenging climb to the romantic summit of  Ruco Pinchacha before sliding down to Quito . Three very tired amigos about to hit the rack. Tres Amigos 4 volcanoes… Read more

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