The west face direct Antisana was in good condition as of three weeks ago. There is a major crevasse near the summit that had been impassable in recent years, but right now has a burly snowbridge. We had heard the crevasse was not passable and so went up the much, much longer normal route. A party on top`said the W. Face was cake, so we went down that way. Thew route is really obvious from base camp.
<thanks for the advice on the west face direct, sounds nice and easy right now, as long as the weather improves...
we are aiming to do it the 5th of jan as of now. hopefully snowbridge is still there and the weather is a bit better by then.
Just returned from climbing 5 Ecuador volcanoes including Chimbo... as of 2 weeks ago, Chimbo was in good shape for climbing; we had no problems. The traverse from the Vientimilla summit to the true summit was nicely hard-packed and easy. I understand that can be horrible sometimes, but not 2 weeks ago. The steep rock/ice/mixed section lower on the normal route was in decent, but not perfect shape. We protected it with ice screws.