I can’t believe I’m leaving this country in less than 48 hours! I have really treasured my time here in Ecuador. By my estimate, I have been to 9 volcanoes during my two months’ here. Not bad! Volcanoes are what I came for, saw, and mostly conquered; although Cayambe remained out of my reach on this occasion. My plan on return is to complete the ‘1-2-3’: Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, and Cayambe. We’ll see how I get on!
My farewell-for-now to Ecuador is this portfolio on the volcanoes I’ve visited so far. They’re in order of the time visited between 16/10/15 and 14/12/15. I’ve also added stats particular to each volcano, based on the ‘Top Trumps’ model. Here we go! Explanations and references can be found at the bottom of the page.
|Wawa Pichincha in background (4,784 m).|
|Ruku Pichincha (4,969 m)|
|Iliniza Sur (5,248 m)|
|Iliniza Norte (5, 126 m)|
Notes: ‘Strength’ is based on eruption with largest VEI in historic activity (defined as since 1534, the year of Quito’s foundation. ‘Age’ is just a number, but is defined here by date of last confirmed eruption. ‘Fighting skills’ defined as volcano-tectonic behaviour particularly associated with that volcano, if there is any.
References: main sources are volcano.si.edu, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andean_Volcanic_Belt, www.volcanodiscovery.com, and www.summitpost.org.
Specifically interesting pages:
All that’s left to say is thank you so much if you have been reading along and supporting the journey. It’s really appreciated, and I love hearing back from people about the content or style, whether complimentary or critical. I love writing as a way to record my travels, and I hope this has encouraged someone to take that next step into adventure, whether that’s starting a journal or planning a next trip.
|Sun rising north of an erupting Cotopaxi, caught from path up to Iliniza Norte.|
2 thoughts on “Volcano Top Trumps”
Love this, your final Reasoning with (Ecuadorian) Volcanoes, blog and like the neat Top Trumps style summarising key information. Look forward to reading your next instalment – from Mexico – in the new year – from February.
Yes, it has been a real treat to follow this blog of your Ecuadorean experiences, Ailsa, with all your ups and downs so vividly portrayed in prose, poetry, sketches and photographs. It made me feel as though I was there with you on some of your journeys! Can we have some more, please?!