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schlegerWhew!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2012

schleger

Summited, I think. I am thankful to have my daughter, Guide Edgar, and my camera to help me reconstruct the events that took place between 12:30 am and 6:35 am (I think my watch said 6:35 but I was encapsulated in a layer of rime ice). The landscape with all its shapes, curves, angles was surreal. I will sit down with my daughter to analyze the photos to determine what was real or an altitude induced hallucination. The mouse or vole-like mammal running around in circles on the snow at 18,000 was real! Great experience!
Posted Jun 22, 2012 1:32 am

Arnie777Cotopaxi Normal Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 28, 2011

Arnie777

Amazing mountain! Arrived at the refuge late afternoon and started climbing with our guide at 1:30 AM. Weather was very poor with snow and wind all night long. No view at the top, as there were clouds and winds blowing up the mountain. Really cold day and our guide apologized for the bad weather. I can say im proud of myself because only a handfull people made it to the summit that day.
Posted May 21, 2012 2:09 pm

SocorroSecond attempt...
Date Climbed: May 1, 2012

Socorro

Four teams today - two American (as one party) and two French as one party. None of us made it. One team went down due to altitude sickness, and the rest of us reached the very same crevasse I mentioned in my last log in September at about 5400 meters. Again, we tried to pick our way through it but couldnt quite do it. Had to jump a little onto a serac and climb up that to continue through the mess. The French teams watching us work on the ice decided to turn back at that point and we shortly followed. The weather was less than desireable with some wind and blowing snow, lot of rime ice. Disappointed but had a really fun time and felt great most of the way. Plus I still have a year left to finally get through that crevasse!
Posted May 1, 2012 9:32 pm

Garon CorizRe: Second attempt...

Garon Coriz

Seems like New Mexicans hit a ceiling around that crevasse. A guy from NM Tech couldn't find his way through it. My friend knew the way but we turned around due to time constraints.
Posted Jul 1, 2012 6:59 pm

larch32Cotopaxi  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 8, 2012
I vastly underestimated this peak. The objective danger and crevasse danger were both more than anyone I talked to let on. Took off from the refuge at about 12:30 and we were on the top before 6am... climbed completely by moonlight.
Posted Mar 8, 2012 7:57 pm

MeghdootRe: Cotopaxi
Hi, Congratulations. Which guide service have you used?
Posted May 18, 2012 9:21 am

reconronin949RMI strikes again!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 9, 2011

reconronin949

Was part of a great team, led by RMI guides Casey, JT, and Freddie (Ecuadoran climbing machine). Snowed all night, headed out at about 1 AM. First team out of the gate, so we had to kick steps all the way up. Our group was big, and for the size, made good overall time. Summitted in just a bit over 7 hrs. Back down in 3:10. Windy, a couple of tricky parts/crevasses, but a great climb.
Posted Jan 6, 2012 4:04 pm

chicagoskyFirst attempt
Date Climbed: Dec 30, 2011

chicagosky

Attempted to climb Cotopaxi as the third climb of my trip to Ecuador. Had to turn around at 5500 meters as I was completely out of gas and didnt think I could make it back even if I made it to the summit.
Posted Jan 4, 2012 8:35 am

lutty11Standard Route   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 20, 2010

lutty11

Well acclimated from Cayambe days earlier, made for an enjoyable and successful climb. Great views, very rewarding!
Posted Dec 28, 2011 10:51 pm

MMclimbhighNormal Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 6, 2011

MMclimbhigh

Great climb up the normal route. Full moon = No headlamp! Amazing route up through tropical glaciers! This was the one, beautiful sunny day we had in Ecuador. Very lucky. Only a couple of other parties on the mountain and in the hut. Great climb, don't miss this one!
Posted Dec 19, 2011 4:54 pm

mreiter1Success  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2009

mreiter1

Standard Route
Posted Dec 11, 2011 2:04 pm

brotaNice climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 9, 2011

brota

Arriving at 7pm to the cottage / camping. Officially not possible to enter after 3pm and a taxi without special permit! Quite long argue at the ranger station.
Started with a friend at 1.00 am without a guide. Following other groups in the beginning to find the way. They all went to slowly so after too much waiting behind them we went into "lead" making the way through deep snow in the upper parts for all others. After 5 hours on the top - cloudy and windy. Was very easy to follow the route. One difficult part at about 5700m. On the way down taking with us an exhausted tourist who was bivouacking (freezing) at about 5700m and waiting for his mate and guide to come back from the top.
Posted Dec 9, 2011 5:01 pm

madclimberNormal Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2008

madclimber

Best shots when the sun is rising over the clouds at 19,000ft!
Posted Nov 2, 2011 8:42 pm

HerbCotopaxi normal route from Refugio Jose Ribas  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 14, 2010

Herb

It snowed on the days before our climb and when we arrived at Jose Ribas hut on the 13th of November. We found a lot of loose snow on some of the traverses of the normal route, so belaying was mainly mental safety... :) We had some fog and clouds during most of the ascent in the night and early morning. At least we got a few views when summiting around 7.30 a.m. because we broke through the cloud cover at app. 5.700 m.
Very nice and perfectly shaped mountain. I'm glad that we made Cotopaxi, since we got no chance on Chimborazo after that: too much snow and avalanche danger - we had to turn around on the 17th of November already at 5.250 m.
Posted Oct 24, 2011 7:56 am

huntersleeAwesome!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 7, 2010

hunterslee

Love this Mountain, the view looking into that crater is something else...if you're reading this and haven't summitted Cotopaxi, just go there and do it!
Posted Oct 23, 2011 9:42 pm

SocorroNext time...
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2011

Socorro

We reached 17,700 ft (5400 m) and had to turn back at a crevasse. One team made it across and to the summit, but crossing apparently involved jumping it, vertical climbing, crossing a wood board and a very weak snow bridge that might collapse by return. Our guide said if we crossed we would be committed to descending an alternate route. Several teams tried probing for the end but had no luck. All the teams except the one summit team turned back that morning. Bizarre that we were the group to find this obstacle in worse condition than before, but I´ll be back soon hopefully.
Posted Oct 19, 2011 1:19 pm

karoreGood climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 1, 2011
Hard climb, coming down was harder because altitude gave me a asthmatic cough.
Posted Oct 8, 2011 11:35 am

ferbatCotopaxi  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2008
Great peak !
Posted Aug 12, 2011 4:55 am

xpdaSecond Try  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 14, 2009

xpda

Made it!
Posted Aug 9, 2011 9:57 pm

dunsumsummit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2011

dunsum

Climbed with my friend, Jonas Haag.
Posted Aug 6, 2011 4:41 pm

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