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Scott

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Cotopaxi used to be the highest active volcano in the world but it lost that distinction decades ago (though if traveling in Ecuador locals still quote it as such).



Tupungato (Chile-Argentina) and Sabancaya (Peru) are both higher and more active than Cotopaxi.



Cotopaxi at 5897 meters had its latest eruption in 1904 and some very minor steam eruptions in 1975.



Sabancaya, at 5976 meters has had many eruptions between 1990 and 1998 and is set up to go off again at any time.



Tupungato, at 6550 meters (though the active crater is a few hundred meters lower) had its last major eruption in 1986, and several minor steam eruptions since then.



Ojos del Salado, at 6880 meters is often quoted as active because of the steam vents, but this is very debatable, as by most definitions it is not an active volcano. By any definitions however, Sabancaya and Tupungato are certainly active volcanoes, and higher than Cotopaxi.



Posted Sep 4, 2004 8:06 pm

VivyenneHasta la vista normal route

Vivyenne

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Almost all teams are now using the "rompecorazones" as the regular route; several of the guides I spoke to said that the crevasse on the normal route is now impassible (as of july 2013 there were some metal ladders installed).
Posted Dec 12, 2013 9:32 pm

crybabyCotopaxi climb Jan 2014

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Made the summit of Cotopaxi Jan 2, 2014. The refugio is currently being expanded and there are no bathrooms for the climbers or other public. No bathrooms, with 30-70 people a day coming through there. Not good. There are two portapotties for the construction guys and the portos are a mess. We went the normal route up, which is redirected around the "ladder crevasse" mentioned above; we had no such difficulty. Success rate for climbers is 50-60% due to non-aclimatization, so best work this into your plans. Consider diamox. Don't underestimate this climb, as it's no walk in the park. It's steep, long, cold, and exhilarating, and way worth the effort.
Posted Jan 6, 2014 12:00 am

VivyenneRefugio closed

Vivyenne

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starting 19 January, the José Ribas refugio is closed for repairs. http://www.ambiente.gob.ec/cierre-de-refugio-jose-ribas-ubicado-en-el-parque-nacional-cotopaxi/
Posted Jan 27, 2014 11:02 pm

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