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Conditions on Cotopaxi

Postby The Defiant One » Sat Dec 13, 2008 4:39 am

Hey all,

I'm heading down to Ecuador tomorrow, just thought i'd drop a line and ask about recent conditions.

Any info is appreciated.

cheers,

John
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Postby sswhatley » Thu Dec 18, 2008 7:55 pm

Hey John,
How long will you be in Ecuador? My friend and I are heading down on the 27th for 3 weeks. Wouldn't mind meeting up for some beta if you are still in or around the Quito area when we arrive. Any info you have on places to stay would also be appreciated.
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Postby The Defiant One » Fri Dec 19, 2008 3:39 pm

sswhatley wrote:Hey John,
How long will you be in Ecuador? My friend and I are heading down on the 27th for 3 weeks. Wouldn't mind meeting up for some beta if you are still in or around the Quito area when we arrive. Any info you have on places to stay would also be appreciated.



I`ll be in Ecuador until the 31st. The weather was bad in Quito all week, so we`re in Colombia now until it clears up over the weekend. There are plenty of places to stay in Quito; we`re staying between the old town and new town. I forgot the name of the place but i can post it when we`re back there.

Are you planning on climbing anything, and when? We`re now thinking to climb Cotopaxi around the 27th to 29th. Not sure yet.

Have fun.
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Postby The Defiant One » Sun Dec 28, 2008 9:15 pm

Just to answer my own original question for anyone else who is interested...we climbed Illiniza Norte on the 24th, good conditions, not much snow on top, a little mud, we wore waterproof low cut trail runners and were fine.

Climbed Cotopaxi yesterday (27th) in good conditions. Stayed at the hut from 4pm to midnight on the 26th, any other SPers there? Anyway, really nice refugio.

Glacier isn´t icy at all, lots of styrofoam snow, a few places where the powder is annoying for 50 meters or so, but that´s the worst of it. Snow bridges over the crevasses were fine, nothing steeper than 50 degrees, save for one 10 foot section of maybe 60 degrees. Nice climb in favorable conditions. Air was cold as the views were cool. Go figure.

Cheers.

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