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Ecuador

9.3 km (5.8 miles) E of Monjas Bajo, Pichincha, Ecuador
Approx. altitude: 4433 m (14543 ft)
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Antipode: 0° 102°E

Accuracy: 3 m (9 ft)
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#2: Lankhorst and Klassen on the point

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  0° 78°W (visit #2) (incomplete) 

#1: The view of the point from the canyon below

(visited by Daniel Klassen)

12-Oct-2008 -- Matt Lankhorst and I crossed the valley behind the refuge on Cayambe to make camp at the base of the glacier. In the morning, we headed up into the icefall to practice ice climbing by rappelling into crevasses. At about 11 am, we decided to find the confluence point.
We stayed low in the canyon for a while and then climbed up some rock to gain the glacier. To make the attempt faster, we had dumped everything... packs, axes and even crampons. There was enough snow on the glacier to make the trip possible without crampons. We climbed up and glissaded down several sections before reaching the point.

Our return was to down climb some rock into the canyon and hike back out. Round trip was about 2.5 hours.


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#1: The view of the point from the canyon below
#2: Lankhorst and Klassen on the point
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  Notes
On the southern flank of 5790 m high Cayambe volcano.
This is the highest Confluence on the Equator.