Friday, July 17, 2009

Chimborazo, Ecuador

From the Alpine Ascents itinerary:
Chimborazo is, with 6,310 m / 20,702 ft, the highest mountain in Ecuador. This old volcano is considered extinct although some recent studies show that it might still be considered active. Its main summit has the distinction of being the farthest point from the centre of the earth making Chimborazo somehow the tallest mountain in the world. It does not matter from which side you look at Chimborazo, it will impress you by its size and beauty. Today we will travel by bus to the Carrel hut (4,862 m / 15,951 ft). From there, it will take us between thirty and forty five minutes to walk to the Whymper refuge (5,047 m / 16,558 ft) where we will spend the afternoon preparing for the climb the next day.

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