Cotopaxi Climber's Log
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|esugi||Route Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: January 27, 2005|
|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|
|bluescrummachine||Route Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: January 2005|
|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|
|jweidman||Route Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: 7 Jan 2005|
|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|
|climbingsarah||Route Climbed: standard Date Climbed: july 2004|
|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 Klassen||Route Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: Spring 2001|
|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|
|Engendradodelayuca||Route Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: Julio 2001|
|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|
|roadsidefire||Route 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|
|mookyee||Route Climbed: normal Date Climbed: july 17, 2002|
|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 Bailey||Route Climbed: via normale Date Climbed: some time in 1997|
|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 Perez||Route Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: Jan. 02, 2004|
|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|
|mtnfoto||Route Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: February 1993|
|Straightforward climb, good weather.|
|Posted Jan 20, 2004 7:01 pm|
|edouet||Route Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: Dec 07 and 14, 2003|
|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|
|Drifter||Route Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: November 16, 2002|
|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|
|Tom Fralich||Route Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: December 22, 2003|
|Climbed to the summit in 5 hours from the hut with Paul Hudson, arriving on top at 6:30AM. Perfect summit day - clear skies and not too cold. All of the other volcanoes were visible from the summit. The glacier was very complex and would be difficult to navigate with no track. The final 300m to the summit were a beast. Strong smell of sulfur near the summit. Definitely a beautiful mountain.|
|Posted Dec 22, 2003 8:02 pm|
|Rockhopper||Route Climbed: Normal route Date Climbed: october 13-14, 2003|
|Started to climb at 1.00 am. After climbing Misti and Chachani in Peru, I was well acclimatised. Despite the fact that I had no altitude problems, I had to slow down. The weather conditions were fine (good visibility, no wind). The last 200 altimeters are more steep. Reached the summit in 6,5 hours together with my guide Raul (agency: Julio Verne). Nice views on the crater and my next peak (Chimborazo).|
On the way down we moved fast (sometimes taking a short cut jumping across a crevasse). Reached the refugio without any problems.
|Posted Oct 22, 2003 4:29 am|
|Tomás Blázquez||Route Climbed: normal route Date Climbed: August 2003|
|I climbed Cotopaxi by the normal route. The ice started about 5100 metres high. The glacier was very icy and it was dificult to find the track because there wasn´t snow in this part of the way. It's better to have a guide before you to find the correct way. You can find in the descent some hidden holes in the snow. If you go with a guide you have to be careful: they want to climb quickly, and some of them don't want to get the top.|
Tomás Blázquez, Madrid, Spain
|Posted Oct 18, 2003 4:45 pm|
|Miguel Angel Perez||Route Climbed: South Route and Normal Route Date Climbed: April, 2002|
|The south route was nice but no better than the north side (normal route). We had to turn around because of an inmense crevease that blocked the route. |
On the normal route 2 of the 6 of my group reached the summit. I got sick and turn around at 5.700 m.
Going there again in December 2003 and going down on skis!!!
|Posted Aug 22, 2003 11:08 am|
|Jerry L||Normal Route / February, 1976 & February, 2003|
Date Climbed: Feb 8, 1976
|My first attempt was on February 8, 1976 when I was working there with the Peace Corps. We made it to 17,000' and turned back. I'd forgot about this but was looking through some of my old letters and found several references to our failed attempt.|
My next attempt was with my son in February, 2003. We left the refuge at about 1:00 a.m. The weather was terrible with sleet and high winds. It was evident that I had not completely recovered from a virus which I had several days earlier and I felt very weak. I decided to turn around at about 16,500' , short of the glaciers, as I knew I didn't have the energy to summit. My son made it to the glaciers with our guide and then they turned back.
|Posted Mar 6, 2003 4:49 am|
|miztflip||Route Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: 15-16 February 2003|
|Bad luck with the weather as 20 people summited the day we arrived at the hut followed by7-8 inches of snow. We attempted to summit on both days following with both attempts ending around 19,000 due to the avalanche conditions. Tons of other parties climbing with the same results. The day after we left the weather improved and several teams made the summit. It just wasn't my trip.|
|Posted Feb 25, 2003 9:20 am|
|tonybell1||Route Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: January 16, 2003|
|Good weather and great snow conditions|
|Posted Feb 23, 2003 8:12 pm|