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Shirley LamThank goodness...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 29, 2009

Shirley Lam

I was still getting over some pretty bad stomach problems, so it was nice that mother nature had a little pity for me and gave us great weather and snow conditions!
Posted Aug 18, 2009 3:25 pm

bighornmonkeyAwesome conditions  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 29, 2009


Clear/windless night made the summit push a breeze especially since we were well acclimated having climbed Chimborazo and Cotopaxi a few days before. Great view over a sea of cloud from the top.
Posted Feb 2, 2009 5:19 pm

Bill KishNormal Route
Date Climbed: Jan 15, 2009

Bill Kish

Wet weather left a lot of new snow on the mountain. We turned around at 5100m due to unstable snow conditions.
Posted Jan 26, 2009 10:46 am

0302ExplorerNormal Route
Date Climbed: Apr 20, 2008


After a long, lousy winter here we got lucky and had good conditions under a full moon. With a lot of new snow, we were concerned about conditions. It was a bit soft at the base of the glacier but firmed up quickly and we had nearly perfect conditions. A narrow bridge over a crevasse near the summit presented the only real challenge beyond the altitude - smooth sailing to a frigid summit with fantastic views all the way to Chimborazo.
We spent the night at the plateau above the refuge. While we were concerned about leaving our tents and gear, we were alone on the mountain and back in time to beat the first day hikers up to the plateau.
Posted Apr 24, 2008 10:57 pm

kommishNormal Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 16, 2008


Great views, was a wonderful sunrise.
Posted Jan 31, 2008 6:46 pm

HotfeetStandard route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 19, 2008


A very long and worthwhiole climb. Beautiful mountain. Very windy.
Posted Jan 21, 2008 8:44 pm

leftyNormal Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 9, 2008


This was a very enjoyable and relatively easy climb. The slope is much less steep than Cotopaxi, except near the top. It was a clear and windless night with nice snow conditons. We had to downclimb into the Bergshrund near the top and use two tools to climb back out of it on the way down. Some groups managed to get around it on the left side.
Posted Jan 16, 2008 1:16 am

Boriss AndeanRoute Climbed: Normal Route.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 13, 2005

Boriss Andean

Edgar and I started climbing up at midnight from the refuge. Ice/snow conditions were good, even though we fell inside a couple of small snow covered cravasses at the base of the summit:-).

Summited few minutes after sunrise, The view was great.
Posted Sep 21, 2007 12:55 am

Bill562Cayambe normal route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2007


Climbed with Haliku and Axe. This climb was much easier than slogging up Coto in bad weather. Ironically, good weather on Cayambe is much more rare than on Coto. A good boot track was present most of the way. The crux was the 70 deg snow bridge across the bergshrund.

This climb made it five for five peaks in Ecuador for our team on this trip.
Posted Jul 13, 2007 5:40 pm

HalikuNormal Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2007


What a beautiful day; blue sky and sunny with light winds for most of the climb! Axe, Bill562 and I climbed with Guide Freddy Ramirez of Sierra Nevada. There is still some snow on the road so we had to carry gear to the hut.
Posted Jul 13, 2007 9:47 am

bolojmSummited via normal route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 18, 2005


We fought through an ice storm on the way up...totally coated in ice, but we made it! The clouds cleared and the sun came out for the way down. Forgot to put sunscreen on the underside of my nose...ouch! It was a great day, not as much trouble at nearly 19,000' as I thought I would have. No Diamox, just Gingko, Cytomax, luck and determination even though I felt nauseous at 18,000'.
Posted Jun 19, 2007 5:14 am

maraudersClimbed Normal Route: Jan 12, 2007  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 12, 2007


The mountain was in perfect condition. We left at midnight and summited in 7 hours under a blanket of stars. During the last 30 minutes the sun rose and the winds kicked up to 40mph with moist clouds that covered us in a sheet of ice.

We crossed over 8 cravesses but they were very narrow and safe to cross. The bergschrund at the top also had a large, secure snow bridge that made for very easy crossing. I can't imagine this mountain could have been in much better conditions. We were fortunate!

We didn't have a guide, so the clear night was mandatory for safe route finding. There is no boot track on Cayambe so good route finding or a guide is necessary. The hut is easily the best in Ecuador. It seems like a small resort compared to the others.
Posted Jan 23, 2007 6:07 pm

monealNormal route
Date Climbed: Jan 6, 2007


Got blown off the mountain by high winds (40-50 mph sustained with higher gusts). Turned around shortly after the glacier started. Too bad cause I felt great
Posted Jan 21, 2007 3:04 pm

tjbst47normal route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 15, 2007


Hired a guide (The Explorer, Riena Victoria, Mariscal) after my partner left. Nice guy, but I question his techniques. Tried to short rope me (3 m) which I didnt allow, and he didnt carry any pro and anchor building materials. Anyhow, he knew the route well and there is no path in the snow like Coto and Chimbo. Easy summit after climbing Chimbo. 5.5 hours from the hut. The real story is how the brakes when out on the jeep on the way down the mountain. Rolled the jeep onto the roof. Scary, but fortunately no one was hurt.
Posted Jan 16, 2007 12:08 am

LCWeird weather  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 22, 2006


Started out at midnight after a very long and sleepless night. Perfect snow conditions on the ascent. Reached the summit around 9am. Beautiful view. The descent was pretty horrible. It must have been 95 degrees and it was snowing! Snow was very soft on the descent.
Posted Jan 11, 2007 5:12 am

BalletBoyRuta Normal - Oct. 25th, 2006  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 25, 2006


A beautiful starry night guided myself and Woodie Hopper to the Summit of this beautiful mountain for the first of our "Big Three" climbs in Ecuador. The windy summit made it cold but otherwise a perfect day with impressive views. The refugio is the nicest in all of Ecuador. Don't miss out on climbing this mountain!
Posted Nov 5, 2006 8:57 pm

Woodie HopperRuta Normal  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 25, 2006

Woodie Hopper

Climbed with Nord Sandstrom. We had beautiful weather and snow conditions, but a lot of wind near and on the top. We had stunning views of Antisana, Cotopaxi, the Ilinizas and Chimborazo. We even watched El Reventador erupt briefly while on the summit- awesome!
Posted Oct 25, 2006 7:49 pm

peakrat76Ruta Normal  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 14, 1991


A big, dangerous mountain with plenty of crevasses and objective danger. No crowds here in 91. A much more interesting and wild mountain than Cotopaxi. Summit reached in fog. (Our van almost slid off of the steep approach road below the hut on our departure in a wild rain storm!) The first peak on a memorable expedition.
Posted Aug 14, 2006 10:33 pm

n8jojohnsonWhited Out
Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2006


Started out with a beautiful, calm, crystal-clear night. Arrived at the toe of the glacier and discovered that half of our gear we cached had been jacked. Half the group turned around while 3 of us made our bid. A storm rolled in and before we knew it, we were in complete white-out. Reached the Bergshrund and hunkered down until day-break to see if the storm would give; unfortunately, we had to call 18,500' our high point.
Posted Jul 30, 2006 3:43 pm

carolina.altamiranoNormal  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 5, 2005


It was a great climb because all the crevasses were covered by compacted snow. We started climbing at 2.00 am from a campament right in front of the refuge, we reached the summit ar 7.00 am. The descent was fine too.
Posted Mar 7, 2006 2:51 pm

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