Cotopaxi Climber's Log
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|Henning Lege||Route Climbed: normal Date Climbed: 4-January-1998|
|A very smooth climb with an Ecuadorian guide.|
Before visiting Ecuador, I had not even tried to summit any of Europes 4000m peaks! Thus, when I had to abandon my ambitions of observing Mountain Tapir or Spectacled Bear in the wild, I certainly was the amateur on any summit attempt to follow.
It turned out, however, that others were prepared even less. Several tour groups (especially from my home country) failed the same day predictably, because they had not bothered enough to acclimatizise.
|Posted Jun 13, 2002 6:30 am|
|tiefenthaler||Route Climbed: Normal route Date Climbed: 25 April 1987|
|Start at the hut at 4 am. Summited 9:30 am. We were lucky with the weather since the clouds started to come in after 10 am.|
|Posted May 19, 2002 5:11 am|
|thomas.schmeidl||Date Climbed: April 1986|
|Summitted with Wolfi and Schol after reaching the crater rim NOT at the highest point.|
|Posted Mar 19, 2002 4:53 pm|
|Bernhard Sauer||Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: January 1988|
|Intended to fly with the paraglider from the summit...unfortunately it was far to windy and I carried the paraglider back to the hut|
|Posted Jan 25, 2002 2:39 am|
|Zeke||Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: Jan 2001|
|Left the hut at 1am... reached the top in 6 1/2 hours.. what an awsome summit. Great views or our next peak, Chimobrazo and other volcanoes... |
route does get steep in sections. Roped up toward the top near the Yanasacha Black Band.
Great next step after Orizaba and Ecuador was a great country.
we got caught in the middle of economic uprest and were also robbed at gunpoint by 3 bandito's in Quito. there were 4 of us and they attacked us anyway. i would try to take mace in your luggage or better yet, buy some while your over there as a precaution. This was not fun but we did fight back and fought them off.
recomend carrying mace and only the money you will need at the moment on you. do NOT carry all your cash. Also, carry a copy of your passport, not the original.
|Posted Nov 28, 2001 12:44 pm|
|Elwood||Route Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: 1/21/99|
|We spent 2-nights in the hut, which I highly recommend. Summit day was quite windy, cold, & with variable clouds. There were a few steep sections higher-up, although the last 150 yds. was quite gradual to the summit. Caution! is advised on the way down, as it warms-up, & due to your close proximity to the equator. You'll experience increased balling effect upon your crampons. We stayed the night in Latacunga, which worked-out well, except for some unknown reason, this town wasn't too friendly. I don't have an answer, because the rest of Ecuador was very hospitable. Overall, I would say this is a good mountain, & also a good country to step-up the altitude!|
|Posted Oct 21, 2001 7:34 pm|
|jasonconnell||Route Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: NOV/99|
|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.
|Posted Jul 10, 2001 8:24 pm|
|Josh||Route Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: 12/99|
|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|