Chimborazo is an inactive stratovolcano and is the highest mountain in Ecuador. It is not the highest by elevation above sea level, but its location along the equatorial bulge makes its summit the farthest point on the Earth's surface from its center.

The top of Chimborazo is completely covered by glaciers, with some north-eastern arms flowing down to 4,600 m. The Chimborazo glaciers have decreased over the past decades due to the influences of climate change, ash covers from volcanic activity on nearby Cotapaxi and Tungurahua, and El Niño.


Meet the Expedition

Team Members

Vanessa O'Brien

Vanessa O'Brien is a British-American mountaineer, explorer and former business executive.

In 2013, she became the fastest woman to climb the Seven Summits in 295 days landing in the 2015 Guinness Book of World Records. She also became the fastest woman (11 months) to complete the Explorers Grand Slam (Seven Summits plus skiing the last degree to the North and South Poles).

She has summited four of the world's 8,000-meter peaks, including Mt. Everest, and in June 2016 will attempt K2, the second-highest peak. If she makes it, she will be the first American woman.

Vanessa is a Fellow at the Royal Geographical Society and a Member of the Explorers Club.

Ed Wardle

Ed Wardle is a Scottish television producer, director, camera operator and adventurer. Wardle reached the summit of Mount Everest in 2007 while filming Everest: Beyond the Limit for the Discovery Channel. He reached the summit of the mountain again in 2009.

In 2008 he took part in a guided 'last degree' expedition to the North Pole. In 2009 Wardle filmed a documentary, Alone in the Wild, for Channel 4 and the National Geographic Channel. Wardle was dropped off in the Yukon Territory of Northern Canada and lived completely alone in the wild.

Ed was a member of Tim Jarvis’ Shackleton Epic crew.