Chimborazo

Chimborazo

Chimborazo (Spanish pronunciation: [tʃimboˈɾaso] (listen)) is a currently inactive stratovolcano in the Cordillera Occidental range of the Andes. Its last known eruption is believed to have occurred around 550 A.D.

With a peak elevation of 6,263 m (20,548 ft), Chimborazo is the highest mountain in Ecuador.

Chimborazo’s summit is also the farthest point on the Earth’s surface from the Earth’s center given that it is located along the planet’s equatorial bulge. Chimborazo’s summit, therefore, is at a higher point than the summit of Mount Everest which is measured from sea level. Despite this, it is only the 39th highest peak in its own range. Like Everest, Chimborazo is also known for climbing. Chimborazo’s climb demands skill and is often on black ice in which crampons and other high tech climbing equipment are required.

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