Route Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: January 4, 2003
With my wife Annica Carlsson, I was climbing in the middle of lots of mist and fog, we could not see 10 feet away!. We believe we got about 20 to 50 meters away from the summit, climbing about 98% of the route. We confirmed this later on after talking to a guide that climbed the route the day after we attemped the summit.
We started the climb kind of late, 6:30 AM, and not knowing how far we where into the summit ridge by 10:50 AM, we decided to bail out. We belived that this was a good decision, since the climb has several sustained 60-70 degrees snow and icy sections and 3 large, bridged crevasses to cross and the summit has a cornice. The day was not very cold and we were concerned about the condition of the snow. Iliniza Sur is definetelly a must-do for the alpine aficionado.
Climbed with Matt "dad" Sherman and Linda Josephson. Stayed in tent next to rather grim and dirty refugio. Excellent snow conditions. Placed a few stakes for running belays both ascending & descending. Sunny summit with nice view of other volcanoes including Cotopaxi.