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Sara_MatisseStandard Route


Ecuador is a beautiful country with beautiful people. Our group was unsuccessful on Cotopaxi - moving too slow/I got an upset stomach from our guides 'idea' of dinner. Note to self: always cook a dinner you know your stomach can handle before a summit climb - I always bring a dinner from the States for that purpose.
Posted Aug 11, 2007 12:11 pm

bds670Normal Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2007
Great weather, good climb. Summited with no wind or clouds!
Posted Jul 11, 2007 11:56 pm

HalikuNormal Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2007


What Bill562 said. A tough climb due to the weather. While we made it to the top we didn´t see anything but white....a GPS was useful on this climb.
Posted Jul 10, 2007 9:11 pm

Bill562Coto standard route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2007


Climbed with Haliku and Axe. The weather was beautiful as we left at midnight, but worsened as we climbed, deteriorating to a whiteout by daylight. We pushed on though and summitted at around 7 am. I don´t remember when the snow started coming down, but it was with us all the way back to the hut. Glad to have done this one.
Posted Jul 10, 2007 8:17 pm

Jessica LCotopaxi  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 1, 2006
Great snow conditions, but bitterly cold and windy. My partner and I maintained a good pace to the summit, mostly because it was too cold to stop.
Posted Apr 15, 2007 1:01 am

bennovakNormal Route
Date Climbed: Feb 14, 2007


Made it to ~18000 ft. Snow, and poor acclimitazation led to my demise. You need more then 2 days in Ecuador to get ready for this one. I will be ready next time.
Posted Feb 24, 2007 8:32 pm

Daniel KlassenSummit 3  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 7, 2006

Daniel Klassen

Guided a group of students up. Snow was deep and borderline avalanche conditions.
Posted Feb 9, 2007 8:16 pm

Daniel KlassenSummit 2  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 8, 2006

Daniel Klassen

Best weather I have had on the mountain. Was up by 7:10 am
Posted Feb 9, 2007 8:01 pm

maraudersClimbed Normal Route: Jan. 15, 2007  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 15, 2007


My favorite mountain in Ecuador. By far the most beautiful and interesting terrain. It was also the fastest to climb. Summited a little under 5 hours. Perfect weather, almost no wind, with a perfect boot track. If it hasn't snowed in a while, I don't think you need a guide here. There are so many people climbing the mountain. On our summit day we summited with 3 other groups of 5 each. No one had a guide.

The initial slopes have steep switchbacks which opens into crevasse fields, seracs and 50 degree slopes. Without the boot track this would be a much harder mountain to navigate and climb, but with the boot track it's pretty easy with climbing experience.
Posted Jan 23, 2007 6:22 pm

ScottPerfect weather  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 10, 2007


Climbed Cotopaxi with perfect weather. It was our easiest of the big peaks we climbed in Ecuador, but I thought it was the most beautiful as well. It took me five hours to the top, a pretty average time.
Posted Jan 22, 2007 4:36 am

monealNormal route
Date Climbed: Jan 9, 2007


Caught some damn Ecuadorian virus the day of the climb. Couldn't even make a serious attempt. Two folks in my group summitted at sunrise in absolutely perfect conditions.
Posted Jan 21, 2007 3:06 pm

LCNormal Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 24, 2006


Beautiful conditions all around. Started climbing at 1am and reached the summit at about 7am. Skies were clear and could see all the major cones in the avenue of the volcanoes.
Posted Jan 11, 2007 5:16 am

tjbst47normal route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 31, 2006


Great weather and snow conditions. Trail in the snow very well defined. Technically easy in terms of crevasse hazards. We walked down from the summit without the rope. Guides would not be useful if you have a couple years climbing experience.
Posted Dec 31, 2006 7:33 pm

thenewpassionNormal Route in Wonderful Weather  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 3, 2004


Terrible snow conditions but lovely weather. We had fantastic views from the summit.
Posted Dec 10, 2006 6:55 am

Fabrice.RimlingerNormal route
Date Climbed: Nov 2, 2006


6h to summit. Really bad weather. Couldn't see the crater. Good fun .
Posted Nov 11, 2006 4:49 pm

BalletBoyRuta Normal - Oct. 31, 2006  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 31, 2006


Reached the summit with Woodie Hopper in complete whiteout conditions. It snowed all afternoon and evening on the mountain before, and during our ascent. The new snow made for tough work getting to the summit. We could barely tell there was a crater with the conditions of visibility.
Posted Nov 5, 2006 9:07 pm

Woodie HopperRuta normal  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 31, 2006

Woodie Hopper

Climbed in white-out conditions all night. We reached the summit in 5 hours but could barely see into the crater. We didn't have a view beyond the mountain at all.
Posted Oct 31, 2006 6:57 pm

Mathias Zehringnormal route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 10, 2006

Mathias Zehring

strange weather: we started at 1 a.m., we were stuck in clouds, some snowfall but almost no wind at all. Then clouds lifted and when we reached the summit after 5 h 55 min ascent from the hut we had sun and no wind at all on the summit where we could stay for more than one pleasant hour.
Posted Oct 11, 2006 10:28 pm

Thomas Gurvieznormal route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2006

Thomas Gurviez

beautiful climb through amazing glaciers, clear weather up to 8 AM
Posted Oct 10, 2006 4:51 pm

phydeuxFun climb


Dreamed of climbing this since I was a kid looking at National Geographic mags. Finally did it (followed by Chimborazo!).
Posted Oct 7, 2006 4:46 pm

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