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Ecuador’s “Avenue of the Volcanos” provides one of the best introductions to high altitude mountaineering in the world. Several mountains rise to over 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) and offer exciting mountaineering challenges to both beginning and experienced climbers. The accessibility, ease of travel, stable weather and friendly people make it the perfect place to expand your mountaineering experience. Our trips focus on climbing and learning important high altitude mountaineering skills. Ecuador is a beautiful and diverse land that is home to friendly people and colorful culture. Ecuador is home to an amazing natural diversity that includes the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon rain forest and the cloud forest. Our trip is designed to make the most of mountaineering opportunities while exploring the land and people of Ecuador.
3 Day Presidential Range Winter Traverse
A most challenging and rewarding three day expedition across the arctic-like summits of the Presidential Range. A winter traverse of the Presidential Range can be one of the most difficult mountaineering adventures on the East Coast. The Presidentials are located right in the bullseye of colliding weather patterns potentially making for some of the worst and least predictable weather on the planet for such an elevation. Hiring a professional alpine guide is a good way to increase your odds of a successful traverse. On the traverse, climbers will be required to travel approximately 4-6 miles a day with heavy packs (50 lbs. or more) over a wide range of snow, rock and ice terrain. With similar conditions and difficulties, this is an ideal trip for those contemplating a climb of Denali in Alaska. Good physical condition, previous winter hiking and camping experience and familiarity with basic use of crampons & ice axe are a must.
Our trip typically begins in the northern Presidential range and travels south towards the summit of Mt. Washington. Included in the cost is all food during the trip, tents, stoves, fuel, sleeping bags, boots, crampons and ice axe.