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blueshadeHighest point yet...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2014

blueshade

A very physical summit even for well conditioned people. At nearly 21,000', it is understandable... Despite good weather the night before, the wind ended up picking up most of the night. Mostly very icy conditions from a previous storm. Far less than 50% of people had been summitting (at least since the storm).

Went with Andean Adventures. Competent guides, equipment included, and the owner, John, is very friendly.

Notes:
It is mandatory to go with a guide.
But there is not park entry fee to go and acclimate beforehand.
As of Aug 2014, the second refuge is still under construction with no sign of being completed any time soon.
Posted Sep 11, 2014 10:08 am

simplydtFailed Summit Attempt
Date Climbed: Apr 18, 2014

simplydt

My friend Daniel and I attempted the summit from the parking lot on this night. We went via la ruta de las aristas due to the lack of snow. We first encountered snow above 5,400m I believe, before that it was all rock and ice. We turned back at 5,600m. I post this today because tonight I am going for my second attempt. I hope we can use the normal route!
PS. Aristas route is bloody beautiful! Loved it.
Posted May 14, 2014 1:57 pm

jasperreedSummit  Sucess!

jasperreed

Conditions weren't fantastic but made the top, (2011) thankfully the saddle didn't have too much snow. My guide was a machine, didn't sit down for the whole 8hr climb
Posted May 14, 2014 12:54 pm

Cloud OceanNormal Route - Whymper Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 28, 2014

Cloud Ocean

Both refuges were under construction, so camped by the parking lot near the lower refuge. Left the parking lot at 11 p.m. and reached the Whymper summit at 7:20 a.m. The route was not in great condition, with a lot of unconsolidated snow above El Castillo making progress difficult. High winds made for cold climbing. On attaining the Veintimilla summit we were greeted with a sea of ~1.5m high penitentes extending all the way across the summit plateau to the Whymper summit. These would have been exciting and maybe even enjoyable to navigate at a lower altitude. On descent we avoided the El Castillo corridor, and instead followed the El Castillo ridge all the way down to just below the parking lot. An easy variation for avoiding the famous rockfall. A fantastic climb but a bit more strenuous than I expected it to be. Climbed with Ecuadorian guide Pato.
Posted Jan 30, 2014 1:31 pm

VivyenneWhymper or bust  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 8, 2013

Vivyenne

Both refugios are closed for repairs, teams are sleeping at the entry to the park where the guardians live (has kitchen and beds, appears to be free?), get up earlier and drive further up with the car. Our party consisted of two teams of each two climbers/guide. Started from 4800m, below the first refugio, at 11:30pm; a gringos from Condor Trek and his guide decided to turn back because of supposed bad weather (cloud cover). Good conditions ascending; frozen enough to get through the mixted terrain, cloudy but not too cold, snow firm all the way up the endless ramp. Reached the Veintimilla summit, clear path through the penitentes all the way through to the Whymper summit with good conditions, so we made a leisurely traverse before heading down. Late start heading down but started to snow on descent, so the corredor was still pretty frozen and no rockfall to report.
Posted Dec 11, 2013 10:36 pm

IdesVeintimilla  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 13, 2013

Ides

Climbed in good weather, but bad snow condition: very soft and loose, it was hard work going up, like climbing in sand. Stopped at Veintimilla at 6:40 AM due to snow condition: no party had reached the main summit since 15 days.
Posted Jun 24, 2013 10:19 am

ensonikAvalanche and rock fall
Date Climbed: Jan 28, 2013
Left the hut at 11. Temps were above freezing (rain and drizzle). At the end of El Corridor we started hearing a lot of rockfall. Was then followed by a loud avalanche. Had no idea where it would hit so we ran for cover behind a large rock. Proceeded to gtfo and get back to the hut. Even at our high point it was still raining.
Posted Jan 30, 2013 1:08 pm

jjdubsafter 6 days in ecuador  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 17, 2013

jjdubs

we arrived in ecuador on the morning of january 11. we were only spending 8 days here and wanted to acclimatize and climb chimborazo and cotopaxi.

having finished our decent of cotopaxi less than 36 hours ago, we started at 1145pm under clear skies. the guards had warned us that due to icy conditions and increased rock fall danger, we would need mucho suerte. we reached the whymper summit at 6am and were back to safety by 845. the conditions below the glacier was uncomfortably icy scree but we never felt like we were in danger. the glacier was steep the snow was soft and we were able to move as fast as our sea-level hearts would take us.

in the end, we topped off our 5th volcano in 7 days (pasachoa, rucu pichincha, el corazon, cotopaxi, chimborazo).
Posted Jan 17, 2013 8:07 pm

jm141302Normal route, missed the rock fall  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 13, 2013

jm141302

Started from the lower refuge at 23:00 under clear weather. Both refuges were open but no beds. Got to the Veintimilla summit at 4:25am. Got to Whymper at about 5:15 and waited an hour for the sunrise. Fantastic views. Going up and down, the guide took us to where we never were directly below a rockfall area. I saw the ice with hanging rock, but we never got close enough to need helmets.
Posted Jan 14, 2013 10:50 am

CissaThe famous rock fall
Date Climbed: Jan 9, 2013

Cissa

Arrived at the hut under foggy weather and no visibility. Got up at 22h to clear skies and pretty much no wind, and decided to give it a go. In under 2h and about 5350m wind picked up and rock fall started, scary! Stones the size of marbles hit my helmet strongly while other people saw larger stones pass by. Had to run down quickly. Seems to me this route is no longer a good choice, a better option would be to climb from the ridge that starts near the first hur and therefore skips the dangerous El Corredor, although adding 2h to the climb.
Posted Jan 10, 2013 5:07 pm

rbirrerWinter solstice summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 21, 2012
Reached the Whymper summit at 4:30am on Dec 21st. Had consistently read and heard that rockfall in El Corridor occurs relatively early on this mountain so made the decision to leave the Whymper refuge at 10:15pm, about 45 min before most climbers depart. Having only been in Ecuador 5 days prior to the climb (and having summitted Rucu Pichincha and Illiniza Norte) I figured I would need a bit of extra time to make up for my minimal acclimatization. Fortunately route finding through El Corridor did not present too much of a problem and the glacier conditions were excellent. Some violent lightning storms off in the distance over the Amazon so didn't stay on top very long. All in all a challenging but very rewarding climb! Rich
Posted Dec 26, 2012 11:12 am

pokienormal route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 23, 2012
climbed on no sleep. man that felt...long
Posted Dec 19, 2012 6:08 pm

jamesbailyVentimilla May 6th  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 6, 2012

jamesbaily

Climbed under a beautiful full moon, really nice views at times but didn't have much of a chance to take them in as we had to keep going up.

Climbed slow as I was quite fatigued, combination of a little altitude sickness I guess (although no headache) and only 1.5hrs sleep before leaving at c 11.15pm from the Whymper Refuge

Made it to the Veintimilla summit finally at c. 7.15am, so we climbed pretty slow by general standards - tour agency said its normally 6-8hrs to the main Whymper summit

Couldn't continue to Whymper due to the time mostly, but it was a white out up top, coulnd't see the Whymper summit

Still, first time over 6,000m so stoked! And on very bed prep also, came straight from Riobamba the night before, was meant to sleep t 3,800m and do some light treking the day before, but got bitten by a dog ;p
Posted May 7, 2012 12:50 pm

SocorroCold and beautiful  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 24, 2012

Socorro

It´s a long one!! I climbed super slow...left early and got there late. Made it to the Veintimilla summit with Pablo from AndesTrek (ridiculously awesome guide except he´s returning to the U.S. for climbing season! Returns in November?), celebrated, and had to go down. Sun was shining hard. Saw the mountain´s shadow and Sangay erupting. Felt not-so-great coming down but crazy enough, I´d like to do it again later this year...
Posted Jan 28, 2012 1:49 pm

MMclimbhighCastillo Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 9, 2011

MMclimbhigh

New snow every day on our trip to Ecuador. Deep trail breaking up final 500 meters. Reached the summit in -20C, high winds and no visibility. A great experience and a great climb. Went right from the Carrel hut. Chimborazo is a big, bad mountain!
Posted Dec 19, 2011 4:48 pm

mreiter1Almost
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2009

mreiter1

Made it to about 20,000'
Posted Dec 11, 2011 2:05 pm

huntersleeNormal Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 11, 2010

hunterslee

It took two attempts: my climbing partner had altitude sickness stop us on the first attempt a week earlier. Climbed Cotopaxi after that first attempt and came back back a week later, this time with a guide (needed a climbing partner) and was much stronger and faster. 8.5 hour round trip from the Whymper hut. Great view from the summit!
Posted Oct 23, 2011 12:34 am

LSFinally good weather  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2011

LS

It had been really unreliable weather in Ecuador this June, but when I arrived the refuge of Chimborazo the weather suddenly changed to blue skies and hardly any wind at all, just in time. See trip report, GPS track and photos at my blog Distantpeak
Posted Jul 25, 2011 9:02 pm

7summitsFast and cold  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2010

7summits

As mentioned below, do not start too early if you climb fast. We left at 01.00, summited the real (Whymper) summit before 0600 and had to wait maybe 30 minutes for the sun to rise, which was pretty cold. Then about 2 hours down.

Route was easy and consistent, though also very cold when going up, one of few times I climbed with down jacket on.
Posted Apr 5, 2011 1:29 pm

edomar2611Wonderful Sunrise  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2008

edomar2611

I reached Ventimilla summit (6270 m) during a wonderful sunrise.
When I reached the summit it was impossible to continue up to the main summit due to a wind storm (more than 80 km/h)
Posted Feb 16, 2011 8:42 am

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