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jmitch421Normal Route
Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2007


This was my first experience mountain climbing. Had a guide who spoke no English, gear that didnt fit, and no sleep in the hut. I was unprepared and didnt know what to expect. Didnt make the summit got to around 17,500 ft and the altitude was too much planning to go back in Feb 2009 and try again.
Posted Sep 8, 2008 5:45 pm

ChristianRodriguezNormal Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 22, 2008


Douglas Leonardo, Siomara Pineda and me all from Guatemala, climbed this huge volcano, we move very slow, many people return without summit, many more reach the summit and back a couple of hours before we reach the top. We insist and finally reach summit in 6 1/2 hours... weather was perfect, amazing views, clear sky and soft wind. Really nice conditions help us a lot.
Posted Sep 8, 2008 1:22 am

Desert SolitaireCotopaxi, Solo-paxi  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2008

Desert Solitaire

Climbed solo, but hardly a solitary experience, as I counted over 35 people as I passed them up on the way up. Left the hut at 2am, summit at 5:30. Arrived too early, so huddled together in the biting cold and spindrift for 45 minutes for the warmth to come, but it never did. Cloudy, misty, no views of the crater or other volcanoes. After some dancing around the misty crater, descended back to the hut in 1 hr from the top. Made friends with lots of the wonderful Ecuadorian mountain guides - very nice folks and filled with lots good vibes back at the hut! Total RT time: 5.5 hrs.
Posted Aug 27, 2008 12:04 pm

Boriss AndeanRoute climbed: Rompecorazones (Heartbreaker route).  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2008

Boriss Andean

Trevor (ENG) and I got to the summit (5,897 m/19,347 ft) @ 6:50 am. Six hours of climbing on soft snow.

It snowed the whole night and morning, we got at least 2 feet of new snow. The crater was cloudy...but we got to see the lowlands and Rumiñahui completely covered by snow.
Posted Aug 23, 2008 3:29 pm

pyergerTry again next time
Date Climbed: Feb 20, 2004


I should have spent a little more time on the mountain, Got A.M.S. wow! it was bad. Made to about 17500 feet. I will have to go back.
Posted Aug 12, 2008 11:12 pm

mmcguiganNormal Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2008


Great climb up. Took us about 5 hours to top out. We were covered with ice. Got a quick view of the cone and then the clouds ate everything up.
Posted Aug 1, 2008 4:26 pm

benjamingrayNormal Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2008


Wanted to get to this peak after I saw some pictures of it 4 years before, such an amazing mountain. Weather was bad, no views from the top, and it was much more challenging than I expected. Some of the most beautiful crevasses I've ever seen.
Posted Jul 31, 2008 5:54 pm

Boriss AndeanRoute climbed: Rompecorazones (Heartbreaker route).  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2008

Boriss Andean

A fast climb. Irina (RUS) and I got to the summit (5,897 m/19,347 ft) @ 5:50 am. Just before sunrise. Couldn't see the crater but an endless sea of clouds beneath us.

Conditions on the mountain were perfect, just a bit windy above 5,400 m.
Posted Jul 30, 2008 12:02 pm

Boriss AndeanRoute climbed: Rompecorazones (Heartbreaker route).  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2008

Boriss Andean

Raquel (ECU) and I left the refuge at 12:36 am. Climbing conditions were perfect up to 5,200 m, the end of Heartbreaker route (rompe corazones). Once at the ridge, the wind increased significantly and we both felt like kytes, being blown away of the mountain.

We got to the top (5,897 m/19,347 ft) at 7:50 am. Had a great view of surroundings and the crater as well. Came back to the refuge and headed back to town very happy.

Nice experience. Can't say the same about the overnight at the refuge where the ecuatorian Army and their families didn't let anybody sleep. Noisy people with no respect for climbers!
Posted Jul 15, 2008 1:09 pm

cristakhenormal route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 31, 2008


Nice route, but with to many climbers.
Posted Feb 26, 2008 9:57 am

Boriss AndeanRoute climbed: Rompecorazones (Heartbreaker route).  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 22, 2008

Boriss Andean

After two nights at the refuge we pushed for the summit. The snow/ice conditions were great, and even more after the last avalanche that covered the last part near the summit.

Heloise (FRA), Gary (USA) and I were lucky to see the crater and surrounding mountains in this clear day. It was just amazing!
Posted Feb 18, 2008 8:21 pm

HotfeetNormal route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 15, 2008


A great climb. Views of crater were totally cloud covered.
Posted Jan 21, 2008 8:42 pm

ericdWonderful high altitude nirvana  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 13, 2008


3,500' upper elevation gain with 45 degree consistent climbing. Class 2-3, porters fixed a couple of 100 meter lines vertically and horizontally, to safeguard against the few hungry crevasses. Huge 400' rock wall traversed about 2/3 the way up, called Yanasacha. Perfect lava dome volcano with a straight forward approach. Set out at midnight after spending comfortable evening at Jose Ribas base camp 15,800'. 7hrs later reached the summit with tiny breaks in the clouds but remaining high humidity and low visibility. A bit windy enough to justify breathing thru a tight balaclava. A wonderful high altitude nirvana at 19,347'.
Posted Jan 16, 2008 4:37 pm

Jerry SNormal Route
Date Climbed: Dec 7, 2007

Jerry S

Great climb. Tough climb. Turned around 200ft from the summit due to seeing stars on the ground. Felt great after descending 300ft, but that was the end of my day.
Sweet mountain.
Posted Dec 14, 2007 9:24 am

OutdoorpartnerFantastic summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 11, 2006


Was suffering greatly from some intestinal distress, so making the summit was a very BIG success for me!
Posted Nov 20, 2007 1:54 pm

mnicholsRoute climbed: Normal Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2007


Great, fun climb higher up on the glacier. I loved the way the trail undulates up and down and around the ice features. We had a beautiful day for a climb, really lucked out. Summited at 0815. Trip report
Posted Sep 22, 2007 11:39 pm

Boriss AndeanRoute climbed: Normal Route.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 6, 1996

Boriss Andean

Snow/ice conditions were perfect, but cloudy during the entire climb.

We couldn't even see the crater, but it was one of the best moments in my life, being up there with Andres (my brother) and a bunch of climbers and guides like Gaspar Navarrete and Gabriel Llano (+) who let us follow them up with generosity.

Gabriel Llano died years later while guiding a pitch in Cordillera Real Bolivia. It was great to share moments with him and the rest of climbers.

This was the beginning of countless trips to Cotopaxi. (My first time on Cotopaxi's top)
Posted Sep 20, 2007 10:00 pm

paisajeroamericanoBest View Yet?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 31, 2007


Incredible climb. My first roped-up, high elevation, glacier climb (>5000m). I hitchhiked into the park, walked to Laguna Limpiopungo, attempted Cerro Ruminahui the next day, spent two days climbing up the road to the refugio, and rested a whole day at the refugio before attempting the summit. Perfect weather, a full moon, and a wonderful night. Reached the summit too early, waited at the ice cave/wall and the crater's edge to catch sunrise. And what a view. Floating on a bed of clouds, with only the other 5000m volcanoes shining in the distance.
Posted Sep 13, 2007 5:54 am

pkrebsUnsuccessful Attempt - Normal Route
Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2006


Came down with a case of HAPE somewhere around 17.500' and had to head back. Make sure to acclimatize well for this climb.
Posted Aug 20, 2007 6:53 pm

jweidmanRuta Normal  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 5, 2006


Much nicer day this time--perfect views. Long day (14hrs) as we waited at several times for hrs to help our slower teams. Way down was crazy as some people were dead--one guy was so screwed up we had to give him dex.
Posted Aug 12, 2007 12:56 am

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