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pksanderNormal Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2006


A great climb on the most impressive mountain of my climbing experience to date. Climbed with Eileen and two of Marco Cruz's guides, Segundo and Manuel. Thanks guys! The glaciers of Rainier and Mt. Baker pale in comparison to the bizzare expanses and formations of Cotopaxi.
Posted Sep 26, 2006 10:10 pm

oo09nj76t5Beautiful Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2006


Reached the summit from the refuge after about five hours of climbing, took pictures, watched the sunrise, took more pictures, rolled out.
Posted Aug 23, 2006 9:35 pm

peakrat76Ruta Normal  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 17, 1991


A fun climb on a big peak. Too many people at the hut for my taste; many were day turistas. Weather was stable and the summit calm, although too warm to stay high for long...avalanche conditions by mid-day. The plus to the hut was the cold beer after a good climb.
Posted Aug 14, 2006 10:21 pm

osatrikCotopaxi - watch the altitude!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 14, 2002


Climbed with the OSAT-Ecuador group. One climber stayed at the Refugio because he wasn't feeling well. When we returned, he was unconcious and had to be carried down to the parking lot and evacuated to a Quito hospital for a 2 night stay -- one lung 1/2 full of fluid due to HAPE.
Posted Aug 14, 2006 7:27 pm

Miguel Angel PerezRoute Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: January 2, 2004  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 2, 2004

Miguel Angel Perez

I attempted Cotopaxi for the 3rd time (second time in this route) and failed due to lack of acclimatization and bad snow conditions. No one summited that day. One week later I tried again and after summiting Chimborazo I went up pretty fast. We couldn´t see the crater due to vapors and some clouds.
A wonderful climb!
Posted Aug 9, 2006 11:48 pm

n8jojohnsonHigh Winds
Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2006


High winds at the head wall.
Posted Jul 30, 2006 3:38 pm

ElCapitanKoolAidA variant?


After being in L.A. for three months (sea level) was quite invigorating to go this high. I remember that everybody was waiting to cross a crevasse and we got bored just waiting. So, we decided to turn left of it and this brought us to more interesting climbing.
Posted Jun 18, 2006 3:49 pm

phouseNormal Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 12, 1991


We had a very cold day and it was hard to climb, because we had no slope. But we reach the summit and get back very happy.
Posted Jun 6, 2006 5:16 pm

GertiñoRoute Climbed : normal route
Date Climbed: Feb 24, 2003
Returned at approx. 5.600 m because of exhaustion/dizzyness (one advise : get enough rest the days/weeks before the climb)

Sunrise on the mountain was amazing

I'll be back to get my revenge :-)
Posted May 28, 2006 7:05 pm

nesnegrojRoute: Normal
Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2003


Had to abandon because off bad stomach
Posted May 16, 2006 6:44 pm

TMstandard route


Great route, interesting but moderate. Fun climbing, beautiful place. Stay at Tambopaxi before and after, it's cush (featherbeds, wine list, fresh trout dinners), well-priced and run by great folks.
Posted Apr 10, 2006 5:34 am

emilieStandard Route
Date Climbed: Jan 18, 2006


Bad storm during first attempt - high winds, poor visibility, so-so snow conditions, and we were covered in ice. Turned around at 18,300ft.
Came back three days later for a second attempt but only made it to 17,800ft - too beat from the first attempt.
Posted Mar 1, 2006 1:26 am

LigaNormal Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 20, 2006


Easy climb, great views. We had increadible night with clear sky and billions of stars which was followed by amazing sunrise on the top. Awesome.
Posted Feb 27, 2006 3:31 pm

KCWANormal Route  Sucess!


Great climb, perfect weather. First time to high altitude.
Posted Feb 17, 2006 6:28 pm

colintRoute Climbed: normal Date Climbed: jan 17 2006  Sucess!


The weather was bad- low clouds, high winds. Out of 30 or so leaving the refugio only 6 summitted. Guides with Moggely are by far the most professional on the mountain, some others take up poorly acclimatized assholes and hurry, cross ropes, start late etc. Really an exceptional climb when the weather keeps away the crowds!
Posted Jan 17, 2006 10:14 pm

forjanRoute Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: January 7, 2006  Sucess!


Our 1st attempt on Cotopaxi was on January 5, 2006. DeeDee and I woke up at 12:15am. We started to climb at 1:30am. Socked in clouds; poor visibility; 1.5 feet of new snow overnight meant avalanche risk. We decided to turn around at 5255 meters (17,241 feet) at 4:04am. Back at the Jose Ribas hut at 4:56am. Went to sleep from 5:00am 'til 9:00am. Defeated by conditions, we went down to Hosteria La Estacion to rest overnight.

Our 2nd attempt on Cotopaxi was on January 7, 2006. Woke up at midnight. Started climbing exactly at 1:00am. Got to the ice wall near the Yanasacha before dawn. Waited for daylight to tackle the crux of the route (a small 50 degree step) by the bergshrund. Summited at 7:40am. Stayed 15 minutes at Cotopaxi's summit. Back at the hut by 9:53am (~ 9 hrs roundtrip). Then, we drove down to Aloasi for much-needed rest at Hosteria La Estacion.

Posted Jan 13, 2006 3:35 pm

climberbenRoute Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: 1 November 2000  Sucess!


Made a quick ascent and descent of the mountain in beautiful weather. The climb took 6 hours round trip from the refugio. Beautiful sunrise on the summit!
Posted Dec 26, 2005 4:49 am

YetiBauerRoute Climbed: Normal Route North Date Climbed: Feburary 2005  Sucess!


The lower glacier was dry with no snow cover. On descent we experienced a "solar oven" trapped in a low cloud with the brilliant sun above the sun light was double reflected and it warmed up beyond belief!

Tambo Paxi (the lower hut) is a great place to acclimatize
Posted Dec 8, 2005 9:36 pm

ArioRoute Climbed: Normal Route (North) Date Climbed: June 10th, 2005  Sucess!


Alpine grade PD (50 degrees, + 1100m), free climb following a Tyrolean party, icy rain during the night and good weather in the morning.

When we reached back Refugio Jose Ribas at 10:30 am, we were still ice-covered due to the night icy-rain !

Posted Nov 9, 2005 4:52 am

edlRoute Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: Nov. 1998
Turned around at 19,000 due to partners illness. Still a great time on a fantastic mountain.
Posted Sep 29, 2005 6:28 pm

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