Cayambe lies to the north of the avenue of volcanoes, the final few hundred meters involves some of the most spectacular crevasses and ice formations I’ve seen yet, and tops out to wonderful views over Ecuador. Rafael and I enjoyed perfect weather yet again, and by this point we were getting pretty comfortable with each other and it was like climbing with an old friend rather than with a guide.
At this point I started to get the feeling that Rafael wasn’t your typical guide, everybody knows him, and refer to him respectfully as Don Rafael, it turns out, in addition to being a super-guide, Rafael trains guides in Ecuador, and subsequently has taught most of the guides on the mountain at some point in their career. Our pace was excellent, and we arrived on the summit just in time for sun rise. I spent a bit of time gaffing with my GoPro which I still haven’t found much of a knack for, its great in the car, but I don’t really have the patience for it when it’s attached to my helmet.
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