Ecuador 5-6000M Technical Peaks

With 5000-6000m peaks just degrees from the equator, climbers on these peaks should expect bad weather.  I was taught this the hard way when I first came to Ecuador to climb the normal routes of Cayame, Antisana, and Cayambe.  Once I got home from that climb, I bought quite a few new layers to prepare me for those sorts of conditions.  Coming back the next time aiming for much harder routes, I knew I would need to come prepared.


Updated: April, 2019

Top Layers

  • Icebreaker Sphere LS Hood
  • Arc’teryx Gamma MX Hoody
  • Arc’teryx Atom LT Hoody
  • Arc’teryx Atom LT
  • Arc’teryx Alpha SL
  • Arc’teryx Alpha IS

Bottom Layers

  • Mountain Hardwear Dragon Pants
  • Mountain Hardwear Ozonic Pants


  • La Sportiva G5 Boots
  • Smartwool PhD Mountaineering Socks


  • Outdoor Research Extravert Gloves
  • Outdoor Research Arete Gloves
  • Outdoor Research Baker Mitts (w/ Alti Mitts liners)

Technical Climbing Gear

  • Grivel North Machines
  • Black Diamond Snaggletooth crampons
  • CAMP Alp Mountain Harness
  • Black Diamond Vector Helmet
  • DMM Pivot
  • Petzl Attache Locking Carabiners
  • Petzl Ange S Carabiners
  • Mammut Contact Slings
  • Black Diamond Ice Clippers
  • Grivel Spring Leash
  • 2x Beal Gully 7.3mm 60m Rope
  • 5x Petzl Laser Speed Light Ice Screws
  • Black Diamond Ultralight Camalots
  • 3x Aluminum pickets

Personal Gear

  • Arc’teryx Alpha FL45
  • Mountain Hardwear Expedition Duffel
  • Julbo Explorer 2.0 Zebra
  • Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Z Poles
  • Feathered Friends Lark UL 10
  • Thermarest NeoAir Xtherm


  • Petzl Tikka+ Headlamp
  • Garmin Fenix 5s
  • Garmin InReach Mini
  • Iridium Extreme