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Today we will drive from Quito to the Refugio Ruales-Oleas-Bergé, on Cayambe in the Cayambe National Park. When we arrive, the course will begin, covering topics from risk management to altitude physiology. We will have dinner and spend the night in the refuge.
We will wake up at 8:00 am. After breakfast, we will trek for 30 minutes to the glacier where we will spend the day. On the glacier, we will go over many things, from basic rescue skills to snow and ice anchors. We will return to the refuge at approximately 4:30 pm for dinner and rest for the night.
Split between the area around the refuge and the glacier, the focus of today will be crevasse rescue and how to do it properly and safely. We will return to the refuge at approximately 5:30 pm for dinner and rest for the night.
The day will begin 7:30 am. We will go to the glacier, where you will practice what you have learned the last two days, along with learning new skills, in preparation for the following day’s climb. We will return to the refuge at approximately 5:00 pm where we will have dinner and rest early.
We will wake up very early, at 1:00 am, have breakfast and make our way to the Cayambe summit. It will take approximately 10 to 12 hours to make the ascent and descent. After we return to the refuge, we will have a hot lunch and drive back to Quito.
Refugio Ruales-Oleas-Bergé (4,600m)
I was literally born into hiking boots. At the age of 10, I was already racing up and down the mountains and was allowed to accompany my father on his adventures.
Since then, I have climbed all the peaks in the Ecuadorian Andean countless times. In 1999, I moved to Germany for five years and, apart from learning German, I also found time to climb and hike in the Alps. I climbed Grossglockner and Mont Blanc, among many other peaks.
I am a member of the Ecuadorian Mountain Guides Association (ASEGUIM) and a loyal member of the German Alpine Club Section Cologne (DAV).
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