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HarvestSolo North Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 12, 2017


Solo North Ridge Route car to car.
Posted Aug 16, 2017 12:59 pm

NatureGirlBTR on top  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2017


Climbed with our trail running team (Banos Trail Running - BTR), 11 persons. 1 day ascent and all to the top. Guides powered by our sponsor www.andeansummitadventure.com. Despite rainy season we had great luck and the mountain was in great shape, no snow, pretty dry and amazing views of neighbouring volcanoes: Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, Ilinizas.
Posted Jun 22, 2017 11:06 pm

NatureGirlTungurahua Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 15, 2016


Finally after having waited for an eruption free period and good luck with weather - summit!
We did it as a 1 day climb, started ascent at park entry (2800 m) at 5 am, made 1:45 h to the hut (3800 m), had a small rest and reached the summit (5016 m) at 11:30 am. Conditions were great, only cloudy / foggy in the upper part, as we were late ... recommend to be at the summit around 9 am for enjoying great views.
Park is in general open again for visits.
Posted Nov 24, 2016 11:50 am

BaarbRe: Two attempts to get up


Thanks for adding the links, very interesting reading and photos.
Posted Nov 9, 2011 11:49 pm

brotaTwice on the top  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 20, 2011


About one month after both climbs quite intensive eruptions, check google for images.

UPDATE II - next climb, mid November 2012
quite easy, no glacier anymore on the top, awesome views, finally got to see the peak! Learned where I made mistake during the first attempt - the final cliff should not be climbed but walked around on the right side. Once at a hot rock full of gases you're almost there. GPS or very good marking in the upper area and for the climb down at least compass (and knowing the direction) is absolutely necessary!
Photos: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.463807763665271.104014.170360139676703&type=3

UPDATE - second attempt Oct 31
4 hours hike to the upper refugio (cleaned it up and took down two big bags of garbage). Next morning 3 hours up. This time with crampons and without any problems - except for the strong wind, cold weather and clouds. This time there was snow from about 4500m. Climbing up keep on the ridge to the left side although its windy there - that´s the way local guides go up. Beautiful views from the top. Would be very easy and dangerous to get lost in the clouds on the way down without compass/gps or making good marks!

First attempt (Oct 20)
I started early morning from Baños. In 4 hours I got to the refugio (in surprisingly good conditions). Then was climbing up, the way is pretty obvious but a bid demanding because of the ashes. At about 4900 the lose rocks got so steep that I had to turn back. With crampons it would be possible to continue. I was about 30 minutes from the peak - one guide told me. I got back to Baños in 2 and half hours. Check the latest conditions with the local guides (pretty hard to find them in Baños). Occasionally they do hikes up the mountain for about 150 USD.

Pics and description: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.261752723870777.62728.170360139676703&type=3
more about my trip over South America and its mountains
www.broty.net/colombia and the FB link at this page.
Posted Oct 23, 2011 8:22 pm

gintherjTerrible Conditions
Date Climbed: May 11, 2010


Started from Pondoa, hiked just short of the first refuge and camped on side of the trail. Next day, we made it to the second refuge and went about 45 minutes beyond before needing to turn about due to roaring winds and heavy rain.
Fun hike and very glad to do it before the eruption.
Posted Jun 27, 2010 10:05 pm

vTungurahuaChasing The Dragon: Tungurahua, March 29, 2006  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 29, 2006


Short version: departed Baños March 28, made the refugio, attempted the crater, had to abort due to clouds. March 29 successfully made the crater by 4pm, stayed one hour, then descended. March 30 descended to Baños.

Click here for the full story.

Tungurahua spits an ash cloud in my face (video): Tungurahua Ash Cloud

A 7 minute slideshow of the climb: Chasing The Dragon: Tungurahua

Facebook Album: Tungurahua 79 Photos
Posted Aug 25, 2009 12:45 pm

Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2007


Clambered around for a few weeks on the north and south sides of Tungurahua, seeing numerous ash-rich explosions and feeling the ground and air vibrate each day. Some spectacular incandescence at night and beautiful views after storms when fresh snow has fallen on the summit reaches.
Posted Aug 15, 2007 9:08 pm

ElwoodNormal Route, date climbed 1/18/99  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 18, 1999


Boy! I bet this mountain has changed alot since I was up it. Enjoyable acclimatizing hike, stayed at the older/upper hut. After the climb, we had to stay in Banos an extra day, because we all fell in love with this little town!
Posted Feb 18, 2007 3:55 am

chris_2112Route Climbed: normal route Date Climbed: February 21-22, 2005


Reached and proceeded slightly past the 3800 metre refugio, 6 hour climb from Pondoa. Refugio was absolute bare-bones, roof-over-your-head type of place. Slept on a wood floor with woven mats of some kind of plant that were scattered around, under our sleeping bags.

Volcano was moderately active, and we had a clear view of the summit activity. Small ash/gas plume was visible. No noises were heard. Ashfall was directed to the west at the time, but there was a thin layer of ash from previous days covering the plants and ground around the refugio.

Beautiful vistas of Chimborazo and other volcanoes from the refugio. Could see the lights of Banos at night as well.
Posted Jun 21, 2005 12:23 am

ripper333Route Climbed: normal route Date Climbed: dec 2005
used a hike to the highest hut on this mountain

as a warm-up for chimbo. what a beautiful hike.

i highly recommend it if your hanging in banos and

looking for something to do. it took us about 5 hours

to the hut and that was pushing it. you are able to

see alot of activity from the hut .... really incredible

Posted Feb 15, 2005 6:47 pm

Mblue01Route Climbed: normal Date Climbed: 16th of July 2004


Only been up to 3800m due to volcanic activity, too dangerous at that moment to go higher.
Posted Aug 10, 2004 3:55 pm

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