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spiffmoRoute Climbed: Normal Route - up and to the right of Yanasacha Date Climbed: March 19, 2005  Sucess!
Left Quito at 8 pm, drove in the back way (didn't have to pay park entrance!), hiked straight from the trailhead to the summit without "sleeping" at the refugio. The fog broke as we passed Yanasacha and left us with stunning views from the summit. -5 C. sustained temps, no wind. Summited just before 8:00 am. Well-consolidated snow softened as we descended, but not dangerously.
Posted May 17, 2005 5:49 pm

RModelliRoute Climbed: normal route Date Climbed: january 20, 2005  Sucess!


Very nice climb sustained and friendly.

Colder than I expected, but no problems.

Great views.
Posted Feb 20, 2005 9:14 pm

amcfarreRoute Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: Jan 28, 2005  Sucess!


We left around 1am and reached the summit for sunrise after 5 hours. The route was well marked since it hadn't snowed for a few days. We crossed the ladder over the final crevasse and used it going down as well even through there was a snow bridge just 20 feet away. The summit crater is an amazing sight.

Photos and Trip Report
Posted Feb 16, 2005 9:52 am

neodayRoute Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: January 20, 2005  Sucess!



Left the hut at 0100 and summited around 0800. I had to go pee at 2100 on the night before the climb and saw the clear sky and moon lit glacier! When we awoke it was not too cold (about 20f degrees I would guess) and calm. It got windy towards the summit (go figure) and colder. I did the whole climb in two long sleve layers, only putting on my jacket at the summit and for the decent.

The ladder was out, (unless you wanted to try something like the jump in the movie Vertical Limit) so we had to traverse around the crevasse to a small snow bridge then up to the summit.
Posted Feb 15, 2005 1:16 pm

esugiRoute Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: January 27, 2005  Sucess!


Started from the hut at 0100 and summited at 0745. Clear night but strong winds. Soft snow and wind made the climb very difficult. The clouds were wipping around on the summit. No view of the crater. Interesting route meandering through the crevasse field and seracs. Felt great to hit my personal altitude record (to be broken 3 days later on Chimborazo).
Posted Jan 31, 2005 7:36 pm

bluescrummachineRoute Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: January 2005  Sucess!


Started at 1 a.m. to the summit. Bad weather - strong winds. No view on the summit, that we reached at 7 a.m. A day, where you feel the nature and yourself.
Posted Jan 13, 2005 7:14 am

jweidmanRoute Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: 7 Jan 2005  Sucess!


Bad weather with no views. 60mph winds around the wind scoop just below Yanasasha on the way down. Great time though.
Posted Jan 10, 2005 3:31 pm

climbingsarahRoute Climbed: standard Date Climbed: july 2004  Sucess!
For my first major big summit, it was absolutely spectacular. Views were brilliant, guides amazing, the whole experience one never to forget.
Posted Dec 13, 2004 4:37 pm

Daniel KlassenRoute Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: Spring 2001  Sucess!

Daniel Klassen

Summated in an ice storm... visibility 5 metres. Somewhat disappointing. The view before the storm though made everything worthwhile.
Posted Oct 28, 2004 1:23 pm

AndinistalocoRoute Climbed: standard Date Climbed: winter 2000  Sucess!


Really fun climb and a unique view into the crater. Watched Tungurahua erupt from the summit - incredible!

Posted Sep 7, 2004 2:46 am

big_gRoute Climbed: Ruta Normal  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2004


So much nicer than my last time to Cotopaxi but still no views during daylight. We couldn't even see the crater!
Posted Jul 9, 2004 11:30 am

EngendradodelayucaRoute Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: Julio 2001  Sucess!


LLegamos a la cumbrebastante temprano(5:30 am)Bastante frio, muy nublado pero bueno. La cumbre fue junto con René MOntero.
Posted Apr 19, 2004 7:33 pm

roadsidefireRoute Climbed: normal route Date Climbed: June 2003


Not well acclamatized and climbing solo. Ran into storm, 2m visibility, happy didn't fall into cravesses. Started at 12am and aborted around 2am around 5000m.
Posted Apr 14, 2004 4:15 am

mookyeeRoute Climbed: normal Date Climbed: july 17, 2002  Sucess!


dope climb. thanks gio (representin oakland) and diego "vamos a la playa" castillo for draggin' my a** up. we left the refugio after not sleeping a wink just after midnight and summited around 8:00 am. mad altitude sickness, but made it paso a pasito up the ill 50-60 degree slope at the end. spectacular views from the top, but i think the martian landscape and all of ecuador laid out before you in the moonlight was the dopest. then when you come back down in the light you're like "what the **** did i just climb up?"
Posted Mar 9, 2004 1:08 am

Dan BaileyRoute Climbed: via normale Date Climbed: some time in 1997

Dan Bailey

Hooked up with a random german guy called Steffen in Quito. Wore jeans and a silk shirt (plus some other stuff, naturally) on summit day. Had to retreat from somewhere quite near the top when a storm swept in and visibility got bad.
Posted Feb 10, 2004 12:15 pm

Miguel Angel PerezRoute Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: Jan. 02, 2004  Sucess!

Miguel Angel Perez

After a going back because of bad snow conditions and too much wind on Dec. 20, 2003, we returned to Cotopaxi on Jan. 2, 2004. It was a clear night with a little bit of wind.

The summit was without clouds but when we finally reached it, the crater was coverd with clouds.

Finally I reached the Cotopaxi summit in my 4th try. It was great!!!

Posted Jan 24, 2004 4:33 pm

mtnfotoRoute Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: February 1993  Sucess!
Straightforward climb, good weather.
Posted Jan 20, 2004 7:01 pm

IdahoClimberRoute Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: January 2, 2004  Sucess!


See my trip report for the full rundown. Climbed in high winds, and mixed clouds. Upon reaching the summit I was disappointed to not see the crater or any of the other peaks.

Used a guide and it was well worth it both logistically and on the mountain, highly recommended. Be aware that there is some 60 to 70 degree ice climbing at this time that is a little unsettling if you are not prepared.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Posted Jan 19, 2004 10:52 am

edouetRoute Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: Dec 07 and 14, 2003  Sucess!
Climbed Cotopaxi 2 times in 7 days, just to be sure to take good pictures of everything !

Wonderful trek through ice and crevasses; much more snow on Dec 14, making way down dangerous .

6 hours on the way up from the hut, 1.5 hour on the way down .

I climbed with Uli from Austria and her guide Pato Salazar on Dec 07 ( my guide J. Mesias had to go back with the other client of our party ) .

I climbed with Craig Vieth from the USA and his guide Jacobo on Dec 14 ( my guide Flavio had to go back with the other client of our party )!!!!

Thanks to all these people for helping me to climb this fantastic mountain .

Viva Ecuador !
Posted Jan 7, 2004 12:36 pm

DrifterRoute Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: November 16, 2002  Sucess!


I climbed this mountain with Peter, from Sweden. He had never done any mountaineering before, but managed to summit. It was very crowded that day and we started out as the last group from the refuge. We passed more groups than I could count. The weather started out nice and became really windy and then visibility dropped to about 10 feet. This made the last steep section very hard. Our group and only one other group managed to summit that day. It is a great climb. I highly reccommend it. The picture is of Peter at the summit. Obviously a bit tired! You can see how bad the visibility was. I wish I would have been able to see into the crater or the view. I guess I'll just have to go back.
Posted Dec 27, 2003 12:45 pm

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