If you’ve never climbed before, you’ll have to start small. Adrian Ballinger, founder of Alpenglow Expeditions in Olympic Valley, Calif., recommends beginners start with climbs in the U.S. and build up to bigger climbs around the world. Mr. Ballinger is leading Aaron Ollivier’s trip to Ecuador’s Cotopaxi. Here are some of his favorite climbs, from beginner to advanced.
It may look steep and intimidating, but this rocky peak can be ascended in just a few days by beginners, he says.