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Mathias Zehringnormal route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 6, 2006

Mathias Zehring

climbed with a german organized group from La Virgen. The direct descent through scree was fun!
Posted Dec 22, 2009 1:28 am

Boriss AndeanRoute Climbed: Normal Route.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 19, 2009

Boriss Andean

Climbed with Coral (USA). Our hike started from La Virgen parking lot at 5:45 am. It rainned during the whole approaching to the refuge.

We started climbing from the refuge at 9:15 am. This time, it snowed during the approaching to the summit. A team from the Mountaineering Club of Caracas (Venezuela) almost kill us. They tried to climb straight up to the summit and threw three big rocks to the climbers below. Luckly nobody got hurt.

Got to the summit (5,126 m / 16,818 ft) after 1 and a half hours of leaving the refuge. A pretty fast climb.. I enjoyed it!

The mountain changed completely in minutes. Thick snow flakes covered Illiniza Norte and the trail.

The Venezuelan Team got lost on their way down from the summit. They got to the refuge just before sunset.

A great climb prior to our Illiniza Sur climb, the next day.
Posted Dec 21, 2009 6:27 pm

Boriss AndeanRoute Climbed: Normal Route.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 15, 2009

Boriss Andean

Climbed with 9 french climbers and with Rafael (ECU). Got to the summit after 5 hours of hiking from La Virgen.

Perfect weather. Conditions on the mountain were excellent, no snow at all.
Posted Nov 16, 2009 9:37 am

tb00957normal route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 8, 2009
There were three climbers descending the Illiniza Sur while we were at the summit. I would like to do that one next time.
Posted Nov 16, 2009 8:43 am

Boriss AndeanRoute Climbed: Normal Route.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 10, 2009

Boriss Andean

Climbed with 5 germans, Bladimir and Jaime from Ecuador. Got to the summit (5,126 m / 16,818 ft) after 5 and a half hours of hiking and climbing.

Great weather. Didn't find any snow in the mountain. Illiniza Sur is loosing its glacier pretty fast. I studied the route up carefully from Illiniza Norte's top. I'm thinking to climb Sur as soon as I have an off day.
Posted Nov 11, 2009 10:43 am

EpicaBack again....  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 1, 2009


Second time to Illiniza to acclimatize for Cotopaxi. Took the normal route this time, with a quick break at the refuge.
Posted Nov 10, 2009 4:12 pm

EpicaMy highest peak so far...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 2, 2008


Stayed at the Llovizna Lodge in El Chaupi and got a ride to the La Virgen trailhead. It was a very memorable climb. I was so happy to be on top of a mountain in Ecuador!
Posted Sep 22, 2009 12:40 am

Boriss AndeanRoute Climbed: Southestern ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 12, 2009

Boriss Andean

Climbed with Ben, Dan, Steve and Duncan (ENG). We started at 4:30 am from La Virgen Parking Lot.

Ben waited for us at the refuge while the rest of us pushed for the summit. A long day for me at work!.. it took us 9 hours to summit and to get back to the truck.

Windy and cloudy, but we were lucky to see the surroundings from the summit (5,126 m/16,818 ft), including Chimborazo to the south. The weather got better on the way down and the following days.
Posted Sep 16, 2009 3:22 pm

Shirley LamNormal route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 20, 2009

Shirley Lam

A little sketchier than expected...fun stuff! We climbed Illiniza Sur earlier that morning and it was pretty darn cool to get such a great look at the route we took up the mountain.
Posted Aug 18, 2009 3:09 pm

Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2009


Horrible weather and a stomach flu combined to stop us from climbing Iliniza Norte during our time in El Chaupi. Made it to the ridge while looking for the refuge, but could not find it in the whiteout. Stomach flu stopped attempt 2 days later. Brutal weather in the Iliniza area for the week we were around Quilotoa Loop and El Chaupi. Will have to come back one day...
Posted Jun 8, 2009 5:41 pm

grabbs146route climbed:normal route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 4, 2008


great climb!!! Had a good time on the way down till the thunderstorm rolled in. I can't wait to go back and repeat this climb.
Posted Mar 25, 2009 10:23 am

Groundswellempty mountain


climbed around june of 02 with hans and jon. no other climbers the whole time-just how we like it
Posted Mar 23, 2009 5:43 pm

bighornmonkeyTwo-fer on the Ilinizas  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 20, 2009


Climbed Iliniza SUR, then NORTE (Normal Route) on the same day. NORTE is supposed to be snow free but there was a lot of fresh snow that day. We followed tracks to the summit, got to the top at around 2:00pm and down the same way. Snow got considerably softer on the way down that late in the day.
Posted Feb 2, 2009 5:00 pm

pattycolomaGreat!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 21, 2008


It was great to get this summit, perhaps the hike was hard for me. You can see the joy I felt in the shots of this album.
Posted Jan 19, 2009 10:48 pm

Boriss AndeanRoute Climbed: Southestern ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 4, 2009

Boriss Andean

My first summit of the year!. Climbed with Antonio and Raquel from Spain. It snowed for a while. Got to the top (5,126 m/16,818 ft) after 5 hours of hiking from La Virgen parking lot. Nice views of Illiniza Sur.
Posted Jan 8, 2009 4:40 pm

astrobassmanNormal Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 20, 2008


This is a good mountain for acclimating. I thought it would take longer than just a few hours, so we relaxed at 16,000 feet or so for a while on the way down. Catching the bus to and from Machachi was a bit of a pain. Good mountain though.
Posted Jan 7, 2009 6:41 pm

CheeseburglarClouds teased us!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 20, 2008


A really neat mountain. We had to keep turning around to see if Sur would peak out of the clouds. It never did during our ascent. More or less climbed the standard route and descended the shortcut (we started from the La Virgen). We did have some nice views of Illiniza Sur on the descent!
Posted Dec 29, 2008 2:21 am

Boriss AndeanRoute Climbed: Southestern ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 16, 2008

Boriss Andean

Christine (USA) and I started at 5:30 am from Llovizna Lodge. Got to the refuge at 9:00 am and to the summit (5,126 m/16,818 ft) at 11:45 am. It snowed during our approach to the summit. Got back to La Virgen Parking lot by the north face.

We didn't find any snow on our way up. No crampons or ice axes were needed during the climb.
Posted Dec 16, 2008 5:22 pm

TrevorMarrsSnow storm  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2008


Climbed with Boris (HIGH EXPEDITIONS) and Japhy (DESERT SOLITAIRE) Lots of snow and wind made for an exciting climb with two great guys last climb in Ecuador I shall return to climb SUR!!
Posted Nov 3, 2008 4:25 pm

Boriss AndeanRoute Climbed: Southestern ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 4, 2008

Boriss Andean

Climbed with 8 ecuadorians, but actually I just guided the slowest one, Victor (Russia). We scrambled up by the ridge above the saddle and kept climbing up until we got to Cumbre Villavicencio. The route up doesn't have too much snow as in the last weeks. Kept climbing by the north face and then straight up to the top (5,126 m/16,818 ft).

We got down by the north face of the peak which took us straight down to the ridge above the trailhead.

Pretty good weather during the day and rainy in the afternoon. The refuge's under construction at this moment. There aren't beds or mattresses in the refuge, so we climbed it in a single day from La Virgen Parking Lot.
Posted Oct 4, 2008 6:31 pm

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