Join us on this 6-day learning experience in Cayambe, Ecuador. We will give you all the introductory mountaineering aspects you need to enjoy the mountains to the fullest.
As you may know, Cayambe is a really great place for the practice of mountain activities. That is because it is located in the province of Pichincha, which is dominated by the eastern and western Andes. There is no better spot where to lead this introductory mountaineering course!
Thanks to my vast professional experience I could learn through the years that climbing a mountain is more than reaching its summit. It's all about the views on the way, the people you meet and the process and effort the ascent involves.
So, I have planned this 6-day course thinking about that. I would like to provide you with all the basic information you need to really enjoy a climb. And you won't only learn the theory. You will be able to put it into practice through some rock and ice climbing itineraries in Cayambe.
In addition, I will teach you many glacier travel techniques, crevasse rescue procedures and how to move on snow and ice autonomously. And as if it wasn't enough, the course culminates with a summit attack to the Cayambe!
Summarizing, in this introductory mountaineering course you will learn:
Theoretical and practical notions of mountaineering such as map reading, influence of weather and mountain hygiene;
How to move on rock, ice and snow;
Nuts and sport climbing techniques;
How to use snow anchors;
Self-rest from a crevasse;
How to be in a rope team;
Use of ice screws and ice axes;
Resistance to cold, hunger and fatigue.
It is a really important course if you're taking your first steps in mountaineering or if you want to improve your current techniques. And if you are interested in ice climbing specifically, please check out my 3-day glacier skills course, also in Cayambe.
Finally, let me tell you that I am planning to extend this course in many other countries of South America. Therefore, you can contact me if you are in Perú, Bolivia and Colombia!
So, be part of this learning experience and enjoy the mountains in a safe and serious way. Please get in touch with me for more information about dates and prices. I will be here, waiting for you!
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Will I need to bring any technical equipment of my own? Is it possible to rent equipment, and if so, what would be the approximate cost of that?
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We are one IFMGA Mountain Guide and one aspirant IFMGA Mountain Guide from Ecuador collaborating together.
Juliana has been mountaineering in Ecuador since the age of 15, she was trained as a guide in Ecuador, holding the ASEGUIM/UIAGM certification. As a climber, she has summited peaks in the Andes, Perú, Bolivia, Colombia, climbing around USA, etc. Juliana has achieved a lot in her climbing career so far with the most distinguished of her successes being the opening of a new route (together with Joshua Jarrin) in the Peruvian Andes: HK, on the North face of East Huandoy, with difficulties of TD+ V+ M3/4. This route was included in the 2012 list of climbs chosen by the organization “Piolet d’ Or” (Golden Ice Ax), 2013 edition.
I've been going to the mountains since I was 11. Constant contact with nature has given me a different perspective on life. When I heard that being a mountain guide was a profession, I immediately wanted this. So I started the training in 2020. Contact me if you wish to discover Ecuador, its mountains, climbing places, and hikes.
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