The Volcanoes of Ecuador

This January, I went on a third expedition in my Lowa mountaineering boots, visiting the volcanoes of Ecuador.

In the town of Machachi, we hitched a ride in an onion truck and shared the New Years Eve festival with some of the young residents.

High above the valley floor, we successfully climbed four volcanoes ranging from 15,708 feet (Corazon) to 20,702 feet (Chimborazo).

Our favorite was Cayambe (18,993 feet), partially because of its remote nature, but mostly because of the spectacular glacier that straddles the Equator itself.

In the fog, we scouted the approach to the glacier the evening before.

After two hours of sleep, we roped up and crossed the imaginary equator line on the glacier sometime around midnight.

We made the top early enough to see the long shadow of the mountain, stretching across the jungle far below.

All the best, Lowa.

Jim Davidson
Speaking of Adventure


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