Cerro Chirripó Climber's Log

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Oznid

Oznid - Jun 13, 2009 11:39 am Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2009

First hike of the season  Sucess!

This hike features some good elevation gain! I am sore, two days later. Great views!

mthomas

mthomas - Mar 14, 2009 8:29 pm Date Climbed: Apr 15, 2005

A long day climb  Sucess!

A long day climb, started in the predawn hours. 15 hours round trip.

ntlb

ntlb - Nov 29, 2008 2:06 pm Date Climbed: Feb 18, 2008

San Gerardo de Ribas  Sucess!

Coming from Colorado, this was a very different kind of hike for us. The 9.0 miles up to the shelter on Day 1 took 8.5 hrs. We hit the trail at 6:00 AM. The elevation gain was 6100 ft, no switchbacks. The eye contact with a jaguarundi only 10 feet off the trail helped motivate us to pick up the pace for the last kilometer. We got to the Crestones base camp shelter at 2:30 and fell asleep immediately to the sound of rain starting to fall on the metal roof. Day 2 began at 5:30 AM. We made the 3.4 mi, 1,500 ft climb to the summit by 8:00. Then back to the shelter for a short rest before heading down the mountain. We left at 11:00 and the 9 mile downhill took 6 hrs, mostly because of the rain and mud. The steep mud slopes were slow and we slipped and slid often. We arrived back at the hotel in the village of San Gerardo soaked through, mud all over us, famished, mildly hypothermic, but happy for experiencing a unique place.

This is a good time of year for the trip. It doesn't rain much (except on the day of our descent) and there were few others on the trail and in the shelter.

You need a permit to do the hike, which is worthwhile because it helps support Costa Rica's extensive park system and controlled access. You can purchase the permit at the MINAE office in San Isidro de El General, but be forwarned, this office is open only very limited hours.

BLong

BLong - Oct 6, 2008 11:51 pm Date Climbed: Dec 22, 2006

Chirripo  Sucess!

Great climb! Christian is right, the permit is a bitch. I ended up not getting one and just went up for a 'day hike.' We were making such good time that we continued to the summit. It is a long trip to do in one day. I think we hit the trail at about 9:30 AM and got back to town exhausted at 11:00 PM.

ChristianRodriguez

ChristianRodriguez - Sep 8, 2008 2:37 am Date Climbed: Jan 12, 2008

Normal route  Sucess!

I done in 6 hours to the top, back to refuge and next day climbed again in 2 hours with an Israelian guy... then back in 4 hours, but my feet are very tired and feel much pain, many climbers told me about the same pain in their feet. Nice views, but a lot of stupid permisions with a huge time in advance. So take your time to get the permission before (3 month less).

jvedros

jvedros - Jan 17, 2008 3:30 pm Date Climbed: Jan 11, 2008

Normal Route  Sucess!

Beautiful hike. Stayed in Los Crestones, then summitted the next morning at 5:15am to watch the sunrise. I was able to see the Caribbean well and a little of the Pacific.

jdlee15

jdlee15 - Sep 5, 2007 1:43 pm Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2007

Normal Route  Sucess!

It is possible to go up and down in 12 hours. We only attempted this because there was no room at the hostel...we pushed to the summit in 7 hours and back out in 5...exhausting, but very rewarding! Would rather have taken my time.

FabienenCordoba

FabienenCordoba - Dec 26, 2006 11:05 pm Date Climbed: Dec 20, 2006

Well worth it...  Sucess!

Easy walk-up, the most interesting part is perhaps the walk in the forest in the lower reaches of the itinerary.

Fabrice.Rimlinger

Fabrice.Rimlinger - Nov 11, 2006 5:11 pm Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2005

Normal route  Sucess!

2nd time there ! Up and down could be done in one day. Great fun.

smason505

smason505 - Aug 10, 2006 6:48 pm Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2000

Route: Normal from Crestone base camp  Sucess!

I was with a group traveling through costa rica to do volunteer work and our main leisure time was a hike to the crestone base camp and a summit of Chirripo. Not a bad approach compared to many 14ers with great cold showers and awesome cliff jumping. We were promised a view of the pacific and atlantic, but after a nice hike the next morning to the summit, we arrived to thick clouds and very low visibility. It was my birthday, however, and I was given a huge bag of peanut M&Ms on the summit.

jogi - Feb 1, 2006 6:55 pm

Route Climbed: via base crestones Date Climbed: 22 December 2005  Sucess!

Relentlessly uphill, but well worth it for the different microclimates on the way up and the sunrise views from the top.

hawkman

hawkman - Dec 31, 2005 4:03 pm

Route Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: July 2004  Sucess!

Long, punishing two days. Got to see both oceans, what a view.

dsc101 - May 25, 2004 10:44 am

Route Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: July, 1998  Sucess!

This was really good fun and the first time I went higher than a UK mountain! Very cloudy on the summit so want to return to see the apparently great views!

Kessler

Kessler - Mar 16, 2004 6:32 pm

Route Climbed: Base Crestones Date Climbed: Feb 9 2004  Sucess!

I was carried by dad at 20.5 months old.

mikethehiker

mikethehiker - Feb 23, 2004 7:52 pm

Route Climbed: normal Date Climbed: january 2003  Sucess!

Splendid hike, but strenuous especially at the "monte sin fe". Have to love the changes on the vegetation when you go up.

Kimberly

Kimberly - Feb 11, 2004 8:42 pm

Route Climbed: San Geraldo Date Climbed: Feb 9, 2004  Sucess!

I cimbed the peak walking all the way. I'm also six months pregnant. My husband and son also enjoyed the trip.

Scott

Scott - Feb 11, 2004 8:40 pm

Route Climbed: San Geraldo Date Climbed: Feb 9th, 2004  Sucess!

Great trip. I carried our 20 month old son to the summit.

TheThumb9787 - Oct 27, 2003 1:49 pm

Route Climbed: Normal, overnighted at Llano Bonito instead of Hostel Date Climbed: June 29-July 1, 2002  Sucess!

Was able to get permission to camp in Refugio Llano Bonito at 7,800 ft. instead of the hostel at 11,150 ft. due to the hostel being full...reached summit at about 3 PM on June 30th, was completely socked in by clouds and descended in the dark for several hours back to Llano Bonito...fun climb, would do it again in a flash...

marcelofc - Oct 4, 2001 5:27 pm

Route Climbed: San Gerardo... Date Climbed: 03/01/1999  Sucess!

Mi segundo ascenso....para Angelo....en la proxima vengo con vos....

marcelofc - Oct 4, 2001 5:26 pm

Route Climbed: Normal.... Date Climbed: 22/07/1998  Sucess!

Mi primer ascenso....cuando alcance la cima el paisaje me quito las palabras....

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