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CBakwinYo
Date Climbed: Jan 19, 2011

CBakwin

Wow, not sure what happened, ran outta steam 300 meters from the top. Long steep snow slog and the snow was loose near the top causing me lots of problems. I think the 10pm ¨wake up¨was also a problem.....Ayway, this was pretty straightforward, beautiful full moon night.
Posted Jan 20, 2011 9:18 am

mirhashWhiteout on the summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 3, 2011

mirhash

Managed to do the normal route from the laguna above the whymper refuge in 6.5 hours. Couldn't get to the Whymper summit due to the whiteout on top but it was a hell of a climb!
Posted Jan 15, 2011 12:53 am

starybaranRe: Normal Route
Thanks :) till El Castillo there were about 3 guided groups in front of me, so i've just followed them, somewhere around that point i've got ahead of them, but from there it's just straight up. On the other hand, i'm sure, that it won't be so easy in a different weather. Visibility was perfect and the trail from previous climbs was still there.
Posted Jan 1, 2011 5:52 pm

andre hangaardHigh camp  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 10, 2010

andre hangaard

Two days on Chimborazo. Johan Dahlström and me climbed the normal route through a rather safe snow covered El Corridor up to El Castillo where we pitched our tent and camp for the evening. The weather conditions were perfect with almost no wind at all despite from low clouds hanging over El Castillo.
At 11:00pm we woke up to a bright night full of stars and made a straight forward climb over the huge snowcovered flank of this huge mountain. We summited Cumbre Whymper at around 07:00.
Some cold winds up at the top and a mix of sun and clouds.
Later around noon the weather deterioated and while we were descending El Corridor (far too late) we were in mist and rain.
Posted Dec 16, 2010 10:56 am

DCcougAvalanche Risk
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 1999

DCcoug

No attempt due to elevated avalanche conditions while we were there. The climbers memorial grave markers near the Whymper hut give you a little extra motivation to be cautious. Too bad, looked like a fun climb - the surrounding countryside is beautiful. Some big sloppy St. Bernard dog jumped all over me in the village we stopped at on the way back to Quito ...
Posted Sep 3, 2010 5:13 pm

andre hangaardRe: Normal Route

andre hangaard

Congrats! How was the route up to El Castillo? Any difficulties to find the route in the dark?
Posted Jul 31, 2010 1:11 pm

starybaranNormal Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2010
Started at 11:40pm, summited Whimper at 4:40am, return to Whimper hut at 6:20am. Clear skyes but, didn´t waited for sunrise due to coldness. For everyone who walks bit faster than other climbers, do not start at midnight, i recommend at 02:00 or 03:00 am to avoid summiting before sunrise. It should be absolutely sufficient. Easy climb, didn´t need to use ice axe just as a walking stick.
Posted Jul 23, 2010 3:09 pm

mychaelVery Long Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 7, 2007

mychael

So tiring. Very difficult to keep putting one foot in front of the other but we survived and were successful. Quite cloudy so views were nonexistent.
Posted May 6, 2010 3:31 pm

Boriss AndeanRoute Climbed: Normal Route Via El Castillo.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 2, 2010

Boriss Andean

My first summit of 2010. Guided Maria and Rennata, both from Austria. We left from refugio Whymper at 11 pm. A very bright night lit by the full moon. Actually I started the climb guiding to Maria. A very fast ascent. One of the guides got sick and asked me to take his client along with me (Rennata).

It took us 5:45 hours to get to the Veintimilla summit where Rennata asked me to leave her there. No way!!.. The three of us climbed for about 30 more minutes and got just on time to see the beautiful sunrise colors from the Whymper summit (6,310 m / 20,702 ft).

Hugs, a few tears and pictures. Personally it felt great to me... to say good bye to 2009 on the summit of Cotopaxi two days ago, and to welcome the new year at the top of Ecuador's highest mountain.

Got down by the same route we came up. Mountain conditions were excellent, except for the hard ice-gravel ones at the first dome, where Rennata slipped and fell down forcing me to use self arrest technique... uff!.. I stopped the fall a couple meters down.

A great accomplishment while guiding to my climbing partners... three mountains, three summits... no failures. Can't stop smiling :).
Posted Jan 4, 2010 2:14 pm

EpicaWOW!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 17, 2009

Epica

You don't know if you can do something unless you try... This was my second time to Chimborazo. I went on Nov 10 but had lots of rocks come crashing down near us. We decided the conditions were too dangerous to continue. But, I came back one week later and was so happy I made it to the Whymper summit in time for sunrise! My guide and I left the refuge at 11pm to make sure we had enough time, and it worked out perfectly. We got back to the refuge at 9:30am on stable snow.
Posted Nov 24, 2009 5:04 pm

tb00957whymper  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 14, 2009
A bit icy around 18,200, otherwise ok. Came down castillo, the last bit of frozen scree with no complete snow cover was tedious.
Posted Nov 16, 2009 8:38 am

Shirley LamDirect route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 24, 2009

Shirley Lam

Climbed with my bighornmonkey and had a great time...except for getting stuck in the tent during a storm -after- we finished the climb. The electricity in the air buzzing all things metal was freeeaaaaky!
Posted Aug 18, 2009 3:20 pm

grabbs146Castillo route

grabbs146

I wasn't there mentally... what can I say??? I just have to go back and try again.
Posted Mar 25, 2009 7:21 pm

bighornmonkeyGreat conditions  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 24, 2009

bighornmonkey

Made it to the Veintimilla (6267m), then the Whymper (6310m) summit under good conditions. It took 1 hour to do the round trip between the two summits. We climbed the direct route.
It snowed on us on the way down.
Posted Feb 2, 2009 5:13 pm

Bill KishNormal Route Via El Castillo
Date Climbed: Jan 21, 2009

Bill Kish

Wet weather left a good amount of new snow on the mountain. We made it to 6000m before turning around due to high avy danger.
Posted Jan 26, 2009 10:49 am

boriskrielenCastillo route solo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 25, 2000

boriskrielen

Climbed Chimborazo solo via the Castillo route. Did both Cumbre Whymper and Cumbre Veintemilla. Good ice conditions. Great climb! :D
Posted Jan 13, 2009 7:29 am

JGHarrisonEl Castillo Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 9, 2009

JGHarrison

Made it to the Ventemilla summit. Great conditions, except for poor visibility on summit.
Posted Jan 12, 2009 9:40 pm

astrobassmanOne of my favorite climbs of all time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 25, 2008

astrobassman

Standing on the summit of Chimborazo on Christmas with the sun rising and volcanoes smoking in the distance is something I will never forget. The climbing conditions were perfect...just a high altitude snow climb. Whymper to Whymper in 6.5 hours...back in Quito for Christmas dinner by mid-afternoon.
Posted Jan 7, 2009 6:54 pm

CheeseburglarSuper Sunrise!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 25, 2008

Cheeseburglar

Normal route, 11:30 pm start. Veintimilla summit right at sunrise! Pretty incredible! Great snow conditions on the entire mountain. We heard that ice screws or pickets have not been needed in a year and a half! But that could change quickly...
Posted Dec 29, 2008 2:16 am

ChristianRodriguezDeadly try
Date Climbed: Jan 29, 2008

ChristianRodriguez

Extreme conditions, strong winds, very cold, iced route, no visibility and finally dust from Tunguragua eruptions cover many areas.

Me and other 20 persons tried with this hard conditions, but finally all dicided to quit after many hours fighting with the wild nature.

Extreme cold sent me direct to hospital with facial muscle iced. At the same time, sadly a climber from Venezuela dies that day, check newspaper note (in spanish)
http://archivo.eluniverso.com/2008/01/28/0001/10/92CC936638C34589A22BB249BC59EBF1.aspx

Posted Sep 8, 2008 1:04 am

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