hurdler wrote:Is it unlikely that the conditions will improve significantly within 2 weeks time? Also, is the "corredor" a more technically challenging route than the standard route? Thanks.
For what I've gotten to know lately, conditions in Chimborazo are still the same, nobody has summited it yet because of snow accumulation. The weather hasn't changed yet and you can find snow as low as the highway. You can't even drive your car up to the first refuge now (4,800 m). It's hard to forecast weather conditions in the Ecuadorian Andes, but if the weather inproves and if the new snow gets compacted, the standart route (EL Castillo/El Corredor) will look perfect and pretty safe for climbing. I wouldn't recommend the Whymper route yet. I climbed by this route in June and we had less snow accumulation than now, and it still was unsafe (we almost triggered an avalanch).
El Castillo is the castle shaped rock formation located at the northwestern ridge of Chimbo. El corredor is a long traverse that ends up at the base of El Castillo. These are the standard routes. Whymper and Tiellman are the more technically challenging routes.
Meanwhile, Cotopaxi is climbable and looks safe, despite the new snow accumulation which get's as low as the parking lot now (4,600 m).
Conditions in Illiniza Norte and Sur are excellent at the moment. The last cold nights compacted the new snow perfectly. The temperature dropped as low as 4 C in Quito during this week.