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Topic - Ecuador: above 5000-m you may need a guide

jonathan_smoker - on 27 Oct 2012
Hi All,

Last week, three people sadly lost their lives on Illiniza Sur (three out of a group of 6, including the guide - http://www.elcomercio.com/pais/excursionistas-fallecidos-rescatados_0_796720375.html - according to the reports one person fell and pulled the other two off).

As a result of this, the on-line version of El Comercio reports that
"A partir de ahora quien quiera escalar una montaña a más de 5 000 metros de altitud deberá ir acompañado de un guía especializado con licencia."

http://www.elcomercio.com/pais/Excursionistas-Illinizas-montanismo_0_797320420.html

- which means that "As of now, whoever wants to climb a mountain more than 5000-m high must be accompanied by a specialised guide with a licence", quoting the ministry of the environment.

I don't know if it's true, but something you may want to check if planning one of the bigger peaks there.

Jonathan
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