Antisana

Elevation (feet): 18
Elevation (meters): 5
Continent: South America
Country: Ecuador
Range/Region: Ecuador Andes
Latitude: -0.481
Longitude: -78.141
Difficulty: Technical Climb
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec
Volcanic status: Active
Most recent eruption: 1802
Year first climbed: 1880
First successful climber(s): Whymper
Nearest major airport: Quito
Convenient Center: Quito

Antisana is one of the world's most prized equatorial alpine climbs. Very remote, Antisana is at the edge of the country's eastern cordillera and drops its rugged ice and rock ridges abruptly towards the Amazon Basin.

Antisana's position northeast of Cotopaxi National Park and east of several 15,000-foot peaks brings it the deepest annual snowpack of all Ecuadorian peaks. As a result, it supports very large, active glaciers and the greatest equatorial snow and ice mass in the world. The varied routes it offers and the high quality of the snow and ice climbing found on them make this one of the most attractive and rewarding ascents of all the Northern Andes.

Antisana is an excellent choice for intermediate climbers wishing to apply their skills to moderately challenging high altitude routes on peaks that are often admired and seldom climbed. The complexity of the routes also make them a perfect “next step” for those who have learned the fundamental skills of glacier travel and snow and ice climbing, and who now want to further develop their route finding abilities, technical skills, and mountain judgement.