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May 30, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: Sonja. Gunks, NY
Hey,
I am curious if any of you have attempted the Southeast Ridge (Arista del Sol) summiting the Martinez peak on Chimborazo. My partners and I will be heading down in a few weeks to attempt some peaks in the area and this is high on the list of potentials. Research at the AAC (American Alpine Club) library hasn't turned up much. The best descriptions we can find are a paragraph or two in "Ecuador: Climbing and Hiking" and one or two other guide books. The lack of information on the route makes it even more appealing.

If you have any information on the route please shoot me a PM.
Thanks,
Matt
MattBerry41
From Salt Lake City, UT
Joined Jul 7, 2009
35 points
Jul 16, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: Sonja. Gunks, NY
Hey,

Just a heads up to anyone interested in climbing Cotopaxi and Chimborazo. There is a new regulation being enforced at Chimborazo. ALL climbing parties must be accompanied by licensed guides. This regulation has always been in place from what i understand but they are now taking it very seriously and enforcing it after a few accidents that occurred in the last couple months. From what i have been told a 20 goes a long way if your trying to bribe your way in. Else you can just say your going to stay up at the Whymper Refugio for acclimatization and not climbing. I doubt anyone will say anything to you at 11pm when your preparing for your ascent.

Cotopaxi also requires a guide from what i can tell but it was very easy to bypass and we were not hassled about it at the refugio.

Good luck and be safe out there,
~Matt

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MattBerry41
From Salt Lake City, UT
Joined Jul 7, 2009
35 points
Sep 10, 2016
Did you climb the route? Arista Del sol? Kevin O'Mally
From Philadelphia,pa
Joined Jul 1, 2015
1 points
Sep 10, 2016
The guide requirement applies to every glaciated peak in the country, and Iliniza Norte, too. In reality, it isn't hard to skirt the rule by saying you're headed to a hut to acclimatize. I've never had anyone open my pack to check for ropes.

That said, competent guides can be hired locally for a lot less than it'd cost in the US. Since Cotopaxi erupted last year tourism has been hit really hard and tour operators and climbing guides have suffered. By hiring someone you'd be helping keep the scene healthy, if it's within your means and consistent with your climbing objectives.
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