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Ecuador's highest mountain, and the highest mountain measured from the center of the earth – due to its location on the equatorial bulge, making it higher than Everest by some 2,100m. Located in the central Andes Mountain range, about 150 km south of Quito in the Avenida de los Volcanes, Chimborazo is usually climbed over 2 days from Quito or the city of Riobamba, assuming adequate acclimatization. The top of Chimborazo is completely covered by glaciers, with some north-eastern glacier arms flowing down to 4,600m. Its glacier is the source of water for the population of the Bolivar and Chimborazo provinces of Ecuador. Chimborazo glacier's ice mass has decreased over the past decades, which is thought by some to be due to the combined influences of global warming, ash covers from recent volcanic activity of Tungurahua, and the El Niño phenomenon.

With renovations to both refugios, Carrel at 4,850m and Whymper at 5,000m, it was necessary to camp just below the Carrel hut. An extra hour of ascent to get refugio Whymper ensured a departure time of 11pm and an expected summit in time for sunrise – these 10pm wake-up calls are not fun!

 

Location: Cordillera Occidental, Ecuador
Altitude: 6.267m / 20.561ft
Date Summited: April 22nd, 2014
Guiding Company: Julio Verne
Guides: Eloy
Climbing Partners: n/a

Volcano Chimborazo Summit at 5.30am, prior to sunrise

The steep descent of Chimborazo