Chimborazo Climber's Log
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|Zhenya77||Route Climbed: Normal (El Castillo) Route Date Climbed: January 4, 2003|
|After spending more than a week on the altitude 4600-4800m we had pretty good acclimatization. All symtoms of the altitude sickness had gone. Once we arrived to the base camp we decide to do the second high camp at El Castilo Tower which should give us pretty good chances to reach the summit from there. From the Whymper Hut it took us 5 hours to travel through the nasty icy glassier covered with small imbedded pices of rock. Finally we found a little place suited only for one tent. Only 3 people made it to the high camp. Next morning two of us started our summit. It took us about 3hours to reach the summit. Unfortunatly there were alot of clouds. Thus the pictures on the summit were not that great. We went unroped on that day. It allows us to move pretty fast. I was ahead of my climbing partner by 30 min, however we were constantly in the visible region. It was a great mountain to climb. Thus we decided to spend another night at the high camp (5400 m).|
|Posted Jan 23, 2003 8:10 pm|
|brian123||Route Climbed: normal Date Climbed: November 21, 2002|
|Left the upper hut at 12:30 am. via the normal route, steady climbing until about 6000 meters. We post holed and slipped for the next 2 1/2 hours. That was miserable. We summited at 8:15am.|
We had no views, summit was covered by thick fog. Great climb. though!!!!
|Posted Nov 23, 2002 7:19 am|
|Henning Lege||Route Climbed: normal (not Whymper) Date Climbed: 2-January-1998|
|By far my best climb ever!!!|
Story already told in detail in Chimborazo summit log in peakware.
I would like to add, however, that 1997/1998 might have been a very special winter, with conditions much more favourable than average.
After an El Nino with untypical high amounts of snow I did not encounter any hard ice.
|Posted Jun 13, 2002 6:35 am|
|Antony Walker||Route Climbed: Standard Route Date Climbed: January 2000|
|After passing through the boulder strewn desert slopes, Chimborazos huge snow plastered face above the Whymper hut was a refreshing change. Despite vertigo sleeping on the top bunk of the huge four story sleeping quarters, left at an unearthly but necessary midnight for the climb. Many parties left but one by one they seemed to turn around and on the upper slopes we were mostly alone. The conditions were perfect but mightily cold and hacking up a small ice slope you could certainly feel the cold. Being on a rope you have to go at other peoples pace rather than your own which adds to your knackeredness.|
Eventually we popped up on the first summit and unroped, walked in bright sunshine to the summit proper. It was fantastic and a tear or two came to my eye as we looked down on all of Ecuador. The descent was quick but by this time the snow had began to slushify and small crevasses could be seen opening up. Great relief to be back at the hut and consume that elixor of life - a really good cup of tea!
|Posted May 29, 2002 9:40 pm|
|David P.||Route Climbed: Direct/Var. of Normal Date Climbed: January 1998|
|After having spent two weeks in Ecuador, visiting, hiking, and slogging up Iliniza Norte and Cotopaxi we headed for Chimborazo. Our first attempt, we left the Whymper Hut at 11 pm and made our way over the scree/moraines on the "Normal" route up and towards the left towards the steepish rock/ice step. The temperature was very warm and we were reminded by this fact when a boulder the size of a small car went...thump... THUMP..THUMP!...then whistled over our heads as we ran for cover. I had bad feelings before we began and was very happy to head back to the hut and make another attempt the following evening, after we could find a better, safer line. The next evening we went straight up the tongue of the Thielman ( I think) Glacier in between both areas of bigger rockfall (and seracs) and easily wound our way through the not too severe icefall and across to the "Normal" route. We arrived on the Ventimilla summit around 7 am and continued on in bright sun and clear skies to the higher summit. Descent was ugly (no visibility and poor snow) and I was very happy for the wands we placed on the way up. Made it back to the hut and found a taxi and before long were sipping cool beverages (forget the name of that better Ecuadorian beer) on the edge of the Amazon.|
|Posted May 23, 2002 1:46 pm|
|Zeke||Route Climbed: Standard Route from Whymper Hut Date Climbed: Jan. 2001|
|Did not reach the summit, turned around due to avalanche danger at almost 20,000ft.... very enjoyable climb and intend on returning to complete summit. Loved Ecuador and highly recomend it.|
|Posted Jan 24, 2002 7:39 am|
|dtrichet||Route Climbed: Normal route from Whymper Hut Date Climbed: December 1998|
3 french peoples :
Eric , Christophe and I (didier) reach the summit at 10 am. departure at 1am.
Not technical climb but long with a very cold weather and important elevation (1300m)
|Posted Nov 29, 2001 4:37 am|
|mdostby||Route Climbed: Standard Route from Whymper Hut Date Climbed: January 2000|
|Did not summit. Got AMS at aprox 20,000 foot.|
|Posted Apr 21, 2001 4:02 pm|