Ecuador, Volcan Sangay, part 2

M. Rietze, Th. Boeckel ,  (4. -12. Januar 2006)

in deutsch


The night is starting and we are watching out for a smoke signal or a red shine. Nothing to see. By using the digital camaras for amplifing the rest light, we tried to squeeze out the last possible 'red' from the ASA 1600 exposures.


The result was rather 100% 'rawboned', and we had to accept that there was no activity on this volcano. This activity behavior of the volcano was known and the locals told us the last eruption took place two month ago. O.K, if there is nothing red, we kept busy with the 'Large Magellanic Cloud'. Clearly visible with the naked eye the LMC appeared in the deep southern sky and without using an automatically telescope guide we made some passable images.


Day 4/5: After reaching the summit we spent one snowstormy night in the tent. In the early morning time about 6:00 o'clock we could enjoy the free and fantastic sight over Ecuador. In the North-West direction the summit of the volcano Chimborazo (6300m) was rising far over the dense cloud layer.


Amazing! The summit seen from the base camp was looking like a narrow peak. But if you stay on this top a wide ranging crater areal with fumarole activities will expect you. After ascending the last 30 meters to the east crater areal we looked anxios into the snow covered east crater. Now it was definitely obvious that the most active volcano of South America was sleeping!


There is also to note that the rock fall can be very dangerous in the afternoon during sunshine. If you are crossing the wide flanks of the volcano (there is no other choice), you can get striked deadly by rocks with can reach the size up to half a meter. Because of the froozen ash fields, this objects can get very speedy and appears nearly loudless. It was really important to watch out for them continiously. The best way is to release the rope party, than let one person observe the slope while the other(s) are climbing. The best time to get up is early in the morning, because the rock walls in the summit area have a solid conistence.


Day 6/7/8: The nature is overwhelming and as far you remove from the volcano you'll dive back into the Parmograss highland. By getting in touch with the first civilisation friendly farmers welcome you after an eight day walking time. What a feeling!


Back to the Comunidad Eduardo, the teacher wanted me to give a little report for the kids to tell them, how you feel climbing up such a volcano like the Sangay. Hereupon I babbled somthing with my underdeveloped Spanish know-how and I can bet that they did understand nothing. Anyhow, this remembers me to my old school time.......  

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