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jasonconnellRoute Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: NOV/99  Sucess!


My friends and I Summited in NOV/99 after quite an ordeal. Brian (middle in yellow) (Jason on left) and (Galen on right)

We Summited the Illiniza's about two weeks before for acclimatization, the plan was to head out to Cotapaxi straight away, that was the plan :-)

The 4X4 taxi got us up to the hut with no problem, we made a early summit attempt along with 20-30 other climbers, after only an hour and a half or so Brian had burned through 3 sets of fresh batteries in his borrowed headlamp, It was 3AM with no Moon light so we decided to descend. We waited the rest of the day for our 4X4 taxi to haul us dejectedly back to Quito.

After recouping for a couple of days (drinking beer all day) we hired another taxi to take us to the hut, we were assured that his 4 door Korean sedan would make it all the way. Wrong! it snowed while we were away and we had no chains, it was Midnight and we were stuck at 14000' in a midsize sedan. The driver tried to convince us we were only a couple of minutes walk away from the hut, my altimeter and knowledge of the road (having been there 2 days before) told us otherwise.

The trip back is when the fun really began, our driver was either drunk, very tired or both, he began swerving and driving very erratically, we made it all the way back to Old Town "Quito" before he fell asleep and high sided the car on a foot and a half high divider. The little accident blew out both his front tires and bent his front struts.

We managed to flag down a Taxi (now being 3AM) and get back to our Hotel.

Finally we rented a mini SUV and drove ourselves up to the mountain, this is a another story in itself but we ended up climbing Cotapaxi that night without to much more excitement.

Jason Connell

Posted Jul 10, 2001 8:24 pm

JoshRoute Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: 12/99  Sucess!


During late December 1999 and early January 2000, I spent some time traveling and climbing in Ecuador. While I was there, I climbed Cotopaxi and a couple other smaller peaks. On Cotopaxi, I overestimated how long it would take me to get from the Refuge to the summit. This put me on top about an hour-and-a-half before sunrise. I was the last person to start from the Refuge, but the first to summit. I passed about 30 people along the way. I didn't feel like hanging out at 19K ft for 90 minutes, so I headed down without really getting any good views. I did the climb solo (not recommended). The snow bridges over the crevasses seemed pretty stable, and the route was so well-traveled that I felt pretty safe. I was dubbed "gringo loco" back at the Refuge.
Posted Mar 30, 2001 9:26 pm

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