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damgaard"Hiking" summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 4, 2013

damgaard

Climbed the peak as warm up for Cayambe and Cotopaxi on a trip organized by Campus Trekking. Made it to 3.450 in the bus and hiked from there. Partly clouded but OK weather. Reached the "hiking" peak at 4.578 m in 5 hours and stayed there for an hour or so.
Posted May 4, 2013 11:12 am

flowImbabura, up to 4.260m
Date Climbed: Dec 10, 2012

flow

Normal route (east) from ~3.340m.
Turned around because of fog, rain and wind.
Very muddy...
Posted Jan 11, 2013 4:01 am

jm141302Standard La Esperanza route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 14, 2012

jm141302

Nice day to be in the mountains. Some very brief scrambling on wet rock between the two summits. It rained, drizzled, and snowed off and on with very little wind. The lack of wind kept it relatively warm. I only needed a t-shirt, light fleece, and rain jacket all day. Cloudy most of the time, but we briefly got to see Laguna de San Pablo and Otovalo while hiking the ridge back from the higher summit.
Posted Oct 15, 2012 10:58 am

Arnie777Imbabura Normal Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 26, 2011

Arnie777

Great climb, Amazing weather. We started a little late but were acclimitized very well so we could climb very quickly. There were no clouds all day long, wich was quite special. Also it was very hot that day. Amazing views of the nearby mountains of Fuya Fuya and Cotacachi. Summited the fals and the real summit by walking over the rigde. Great day trip done from Otavalo.
Posted May 21, 2012 1:10 pm

SocorroTo the crater rim
Date Climbed: Oct 13, 2011

Socorro

A lot of snow on the mountain, especially around the crater rim. It made the climbing section extra sketchy. We picked around for quite a while looking for the safest way up but couldn´t find a place we felt comfortable trying. No precipitation, just a lot of drifting clouds. Views came and went lightning fast. Really gorgeous though! We´ll be back.
Posted Oct 15, 2011 3:14 pm

Boriss AndeanPerfect day!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2011

Boriss Andean

Daniella and I summited Imbabura with great weather. A bit windy, though. Awesome climb. Great to be up there the two of us.
We camped a night at the TH and started the climb at first light. Can't wait to hit more summits together!
Posted Aug 8, 2011 7:59 pm

cookedfishGood hike
Date Climbed: Oct 31, 2010

cookedfish

Stayed at Casa Aida the night before, good place and pretty cheap. We started early the next morning, but got turned around in some pasture. After wandering through the Páramo, we finally found the trail and met a guide who was out for the day with his son and a friend. They graciously let us tag along and showed us the route through the gathering clouds. We reached the first summit easily enough, but by that time one could hardly see several yards ahead, so we left the crater rim to be done another day.
Posted Feb 11, 2011 3:38 pm

Boriss AndeanFast ascent to the true summit!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 14, 2010

Boriss Andean

Climbed with Rob (HOL). Fast ascent. Got to the touristic summit at 10:30 am and to the True summit (4,610 m) at 11:15 am followed by two american guys.

Very nice climb. The rock was in perfect conditions all the way up to both summits. Very solid and dry.
Posted Dec 14, 2010 7:31 pm

rggNormal route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 14, 2010

rgg

Climbed with Boriss today. Started just after 7 and got up the mountain real fast, without taking any breaks, to beat potential thunderstorms, which are happening unseasonally often in Ecuador at the moment.
Eventually, the storm didn´t materialize, but as I´m writing this from Otavalo, it´s raining.
Posted Dec 14, 2010 7:01 pm

starybaranNormal route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2010
Took a from Ibarra to Chirihuasi at 7:00. To refugio it´s about an half an hour of walk. From there hours to the summit(4609), and two back. Nice walk, bit of a climb, some dangerous looking places, but technically easy.
Posted Jul 23, 2010 3:03 pm

il.rocciatoreRoute Climbed: Standard Route Date Climbed: february 2010  Sucess!

il.rocciatore

Although well acclimatised, it is a long trip starting from La Esperanza. Little to no visibility at the summit. We were alone on the mountain the entire day. Great atmosphere!
Posted Apr 5, 2010 7:29 am

ncstDay hike from Otavalo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 14, 2010

ncst

I took the bus at 07am from Otavalo to Ibarra then to La Esperanza, then the 4 dollar ride taxi to Cashaloma at 3346m where the is a map of the trail and a house saying 'refugio' although not operational. It took me two hours in all to get here. Got to the first summit in three hours. Did the rim in the clouds (45min) but as I got to the real summit it opened up and I had great views. I didn't find that rim dangerous at all. The first and last five meters might be a bit scary to some yes. Went for a coffee at casa Aida on the way back. Rooms are seven dollars per person there, nice place to stay.
Posted Feb 17, 2010 3:47 pm

Boriss AndeanRoute climbed: La Esperanza - Standard Route   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 25, 2009

Boriss Andean

Climbed with Andreea (ROM) from the casa "Refugio Imbabura". We spent the night there and started early at 4:45 am. Great weather during the approaching to the ridge, then it turned foggy and windy.

Got to the summit at 9;45 am after 5 hours of climbing. Nice being up there with Andreea, my climbing partner during the last 5 months.

Got back to the town of La Esperanza by foot by early afternoon.
Posted Nov 26, 2009 2:49 pm

andreeacorodeanuRoute climbed: La Esperanza - Standard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 25, 2009

andreeacorodeanu

Boriss (ECU) and I started our climb at 4:45 am. We spent the night at the trailhead (house at the end of the road). A beautiful mountain with strange rock formations. The weather changed a couple meters below the summit, it got foggy and windy at times.

Love this mountain... like all of the Ecuadorian mountains!
Posted Nov 26, 2009 1:59 pm

EpicaHappy to be back in Ecuador!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 25, 2009

Epica

First of several acclimatization hikes planned....
Posted Nov 10, 2009 4:03 pm

Boriss AndeanRoute Climbed: La Esperanza - Standard Route   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2009

Boriss Andean


Climbed with 22 English boys and girls. We started at 7:30 am from La Esperanza trailhead.

All of us summited including the other 3 ecuadorian guides. It took us 8 hours RT. It was a foggy and windy day.

A nice experience for all of us after expending 8 days sitting on our bikes thoughout northern Ecuador.
Posted Aug 6, 2009 1:38 pm

JGHarrisonNormal Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 31, 2009

JGHarrison

Great weather in the morning. Clouds on top. Nice scrambling, a bit chilly. Took 4 hours round trip with lots of breaks. Found a water tap just downhill from the rain collection station-looks to be used to water horses and worked for us!
Posted Feb 1, 2009 5:07 pm

pattycolomaImbabura: La Esperanza - Standard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 18, 2008

pattycoloma

I enjoyed so much this climb, because of the beautiful scenary but most of all the people I knew in that trail: my friends Mónica and Paúl.
Posted Jan 15, 2009 2:46 pm

cp0915Standard  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 26, 2008

cp0915

With Andy Mac the day after bagging beautiful Fuya Fuya with Andy and DB.

6.5 hours car-to-car, which is pretty good when you consider the route having 5,300 feet of gain and visibility low enough that we never really saw the mountain (except for the occasional briefest of moments).

I should add that there's only a single class 4 move on the route to the true summit, with the rest of the route being class 1-2 (and maybe a single move of class 3 here and there). A guided group also on the mountain stopped at the false summit, as the traverse to the highpoint appears burly (though it's not nearly as bad as it looks).

***Beware of a nasty, loose and overhung, blind portion of ridge 50 feet before the true summit. If one is not paying attention and stays on the crest here, the ridge could topple. Fortunately, one can easily drop 10 feet down the left side of the crest here and avoid the overhung portion...but you gotta know it's there.
Posted Jan 4, 2009 4:17 pm

Boriss AndeanRoute Climbed: La Esperanza - Standard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 25, 2008

Boriss Andean

Last time I climbed Imbabura was more than 9 years ago with Andrea. We climbed it by the western side. This time I climbed with Bernd (GER) from the eastern side (La Esperanza).

We started at 7:30 am from the trailhead. A very slow ascent up to the north summit. We made it after 5 and a half hours of constant hike. The weather was great at the begining but it got cloudy near the top. It took us 3 hours to get back to the trailhead.

I could see the highest summit from the northern summit for a few seconds. I really want to climb it up again from the western side (Lago San Pablo).
Posted Oct 25, 2008 10:35 pm

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