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Volcan Cayambe, Cayambe
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  • This mountain of 5790 meters is the third highest peak in height of Ecuador, located right on the equator is named by Indians "the top of the Sun". The base is the refuge Ruales 4600 meters, in which the Council to stay one night before the climb to improve our acclimatization. With a good medium 4 x 4 you can get up to about an hour from the shelter. On the scale of the difficulties the climb is rated PD + from (departure at midnight/a) climb the rocks above and take the glacier at about 4900 meters altitude. You follow it on ground of moderate slope below the Summit, which is reached by a crossing between seracs. From the Summit you can enjoy a unique view on all major volcanoes of Ecuador.
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  • The Caymbe volcano is the only mountain crossed by the equator, is an active volcano, since while scaled the mountain one can sense the smell of sulphur coming out of the cracks, characteristic of an active volcano.
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  • 2016 October 26, 8 and 15 of the morning-- after 7 and a half hours - constant walking only rise, managed to reach the Summit of the volcano Cayambe, along with my experienced certified mountain guide: Cristian Erazo. Ago 135 the feat was first starring the legendary Edward Whymper next to the brothers Louis and Jean-Antoine Carrel in addition to Ecuadorians: Verita and Cevallos. Knowing my difficulties and facilities of the 21st century, I do not amaze me with the exploits of them in the year 1880. Unknown routes, geographical positioning in light of stars and compass. Camps of high mountain, clothing, boots, ice axes, hooks and ropes, crampons and other elements to achieve the great objective. In my case was an arduous preparation of 6 weeks, running an average of 8 to 10 km daily in parks bicentennial and Guangüiltagua (I think that distance should be up to 15 km for a better performance after the 5,000 meters). We arrived at the refuge "Ruarte les-Oleas-Berge" at 14 h 00, which is located at 4550 m, there pay $30 per person to make use of the facilities, which also included dinner and breakfast. In order to recognize the terrain we did at 16 h 00 hike from the shelter until the beginning of the glacier for a period of 1 hour since that route would use it from midnight to walk to the Summit. We had dinner at 18:00. The refuge has electricity and microwave was useful. After 19 h 30 we tried to sleep but the suggestion of waking a few hours with the uncertainty of the weather and the noise of the thaw made it difficult to get to sleep, I think that I also missed my pillows. Happily I could meet my biological functions before the great Trek. The bathrooms are in very good condition of toilet and shelter is generally very welcoming. To my seem the road is of low difficulty, when already it has had experiences prior. We started our ascent at 00 h 30 minutes with a magnificent starry night, and in the light of the waning Moon that clarified with its reflection in the snow superbly in the total darkness of the mountain. Also in some passages of the rise, half an hour before we spotted nearly 1 km away to the Polish mountaineers who began their ascent. At 3: 30 am I perceived an intense smell of sulphur (proof of volcanic activity) that is disipo to the thirty minutes. After the 5.20 am began to demonstrate the dawn with a variety of colors that heralded a magnificent tomorrow. Within minutes the sun shone to the majestic mountains, allowing us to observe other impressive massifs as the Antisana, Cotopaxi, Chimborazo, Illinizas at a glance. The final stretch with a 45-degree angle, added a light headache, lack of sleep, in addition to the 5,700 meters above sea level led to the end my physical ability, but the fact of finding us a short distance from the Summit gave me the final push to get to the great plain of its Summit located at 5,790 m MSL where we were able to amaze us with the experience of the successful Summit the cloudless horizon allowed us to contemplate the snowcapped peaks of the Andes (my next challenges). Strong Blizzard that our wind chill was colder and the fact of returning by a dangerous crack, precipitated our return. The Councils of several mountaineers friends were very helpful, especially the by Carla Pérez - the first Ecuadorian to reach the Summit of Mount EVEREST without supplemental oxygen - she ate in her rise "Gummibärchen" small pads of rubber with fruit flavors... Arriving at the "green lagoon" ended the glacier, it was time to take off your crampons and the shelter was very close, after 2 hours of descent the batteries were of great help because the cell phone with GPS was not downloaded, tea and coffee endured ten hours of travel, only I should get rid of the energy drink, which was frozen and rather just adicionaba my backpack weight , high-mountain rigid boots left me with sore feet silver, which vanished just 4 days, when I again restarted my training.
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