Tungurahua Climber's Log
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|brota||Twice on the top |
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!
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|
|Baarb||Re: Two attempts to get up|
|Thanks for adding the links, very interesting reading and photos.|
|Posted Nov 9, 2011 11:49 pm|
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|
|vTungurahua||Chasing The Dragon: Tungurahua, March 29, 2006 |
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|
|Elwood||Normal Route, date climbed 1/18/99 |
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|
|forjan||Route Climbed: Normal Route (north ridge) Date Climbed: January 9, 2006|
|I decided to hike the active volcano of Tungurahua. I drove to the end of the road on Pondoa (8,900 ft). Can't go any higher as the dirt road has become a single track. I started the hike from 8,900 ft at 8:00am. I reached the Tungurahua huts at 12,467 ft (3800 m) by 9:30am. I kept going beyond the Sangay National Park warning limit sign until the roars from the Tungurahua volcano were too much. It sounded like it could erupt at any minute. I got to 13,812 feet (4210 meters) at 10:30am. I waited there for 15 minutes listening to the roaring, active volcano. This was by far the most scary part of the trip. The summit was still another 2,644 vertical feet away. While waiting up there, I caught a 5-second glimpse of Chimborazo through the rolling clouds. I started down at 10:45am and was back to the parked truck by 11:57am. Then, I drove down to Baños, took a shower at Hotel Palace and checked out by 1:00pm. Drove back to Quito to overnight.|
|Posted Jan 13, 2006 3:41 pm|
|chris_2112||Route 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|
|ripper333||Route 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|
|Mblue01||Route 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|