wickedgood wrote:haliku, woodie, others--, what do you estimate the temps were like at summit of chimborazo and cotopaxi? were you wearing a lot of cold weather gear, i.e double plastic boots, shells, balaclava, mits, several layers? also, i have heard several ideas on what category sunglasses are needed at that altitude, CAT 4 seems to be the consensus, what do you think. also, what degree slope is the steepest section of chimborazo? much of it looks like a grinding climb at a fairly constant degree pitch..?
wickedgood wrote:For the Ecuador experience my friends and I are signed up with "High Summits Mountaineering" has anyone heard of this company?
Also, as a package they have us doing a 13,000ft climb, a 15,000ft mountain, a 17,000ft mountain, a 19,000ft mountain (cotopaxi), and then finish with chimborazo. we will do this in 9 days as an acclimatization tour. The company's thought was doing the other one's first prepares us for the last two big climbs. The first few are only 3.5 hour hikes up, not a huge deal. what do you all think of this plan? Is it too much or a good way to acclimatize for the large peaks?
Norris wrote:Having made two trips to climb volcanoes in Ecuador I would have to say that 7 days is an unrealistic and potentially dangerous plan if you want to climb both Cotopaxi and Chimborazo, never mind all the others (probably logistically impossible). If you plan to rush up these peaks without proper acclimatization, you should take nifedipine (to protect against pulmonary edema) and dexamethasone (for cerebral edema) as well as diamox. My advice is scale back the number of peaks and lengthen the trip a few days, and you'll have a much better time. Don't forget there are worthwhile cultural experiences to be had too. Re volcanoes to try, Illiniza Sur is worth considering as a warm-up to Cotopaxi, it is nearby, shorter, and more technical.
wickedgood wrote:The company actually said that this is an acclimatization tour, and by doing a few shorter peaks first it gives one a better chance to be successful on Chimborazo.
Haliku wrote:wickedgood wrote:That said, good luck. Just be wise enough to turn around or not even start up a mountain if you are feeling worn, tired, AMS, etc.
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