Chimborazo Climber's Log

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rbirrer - Dec 26, 2012 11:12 am Date Climbed: Dec 21, 2012

Winter solstice summit  Sucess!

Reached the Whymper summit at 4:30am on Dec 21st. Had consistently read and heard that rockfall in El Corridor occurs relatively early on this mountain so made the decision to leave the Whymper refuge at 10:15pm, about 45 min before most climbers depart. Having only been in Ecuador 5 days prior to the climb (and having summitted Rucu Pichincha and Illiniza Norte) I figured I would need a bit of extra time to make up for my minimal acclimatization. Fortunately route finding through El Corridor did not present too much of a problem and the glacier conditions were excellent. Some violent lightning storms off in the distance over the Amazon so didn't stay on top very long. All in all a challenging but very rewarding climb! Rich

pokie - Dec 19, 2012 6:08 pm Date Climbed: Feb 23, 2012

normal route  Sucess!

climbed on no sleep. man that felt...long


jamesbaily - May 7, 2012 12:50 pm Date Climbed: May 6, 2012

Ventimilla May 6th  Sucess!

Climbed under a beautiful full moon, really nice views at times but didn't have much of a chance to take them in as we had to keep going up.

Climbed slow as I was quite fatigued, combination of a little altitude sickness I guess (although no headache) and only 1.5hrs sleep before leaving at c 11.15pm from the Whymper Refuge

Made it to the Veintimilla summit finally at c. 7.15am, so we climbed pretty slow by general standards - tour agency said its normally 6-8hrs to the main Whymper summit

Couldn't continue to Whymper due to the time mostly, but it was a white out up top, coulnd't see the Whymper summit

Still, first time over 6,000m so stoked! And on very bed prep also, came straight from Riobamba the night before, was meant to sleep t 3,800m and do some light treking the day before, but got bitten by a dog ;p


Socorro - Jan 28, 2012 1:49 pm Date Climbed: Jan 24, 2012

Cold and beautiful  Sucess!

It´s a long one!! I climbed super slow...left early and got there late. Made it to the Veintimilla summit with Pablo from AndesTrek (ridiculously awesome guide except he´s returning to the U.S. for climbing season! Returns in November?), celebrated, and had to go down. Sun was shining hard. Saw the mountain´s shadow and Sangay erupting. Felt not-so-great coming down but crazy enough, I´d like to do it again later this year...


MMclimbhigh - Dec 19, 2011 4:48 pm Date Climbed: Dec 9, 2011

Castillo Route  Sucess!

New snow every day on our trip to Ecuador. Deep trail breaking up final 500 meters. Reached the summit in -20C, high winds and no visibility. A great experience and a great climb. Went right from the Carrel hut. Chimborazo is a big, bad mountain!


mreiter1 - Dec 11, 2011 2:05 pm Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2009


Made it to about 20,000'


hunterslee - Oct 23, 2011 12:34 am Date Climbed: Dec 11, 2010

Normal Route  Sucess!

It took two attempts: my climbing partner had altitude sickness stop us on the first attempt a week earlier. Climbed Cotopaxi after that first attempt and came back back a week later, this time with a guide (needed a climbing partner) and was much stronger and faster. 8.5 hour round trip from the Whymper hut. Great view from the summit!


LS - Jul 25, 2011 9:02 pm Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2011

Finally good weather  Sucess!

It had been really unreliable weather in Ecuador this June, but when I arrived the refuge of Chimborazo the weather suddenly changed to blue skies and hardly any wind at all, just in time. See trip report, GPS track and photos at my blog Distantpeak


7summits - Apr 5, 2011 1:29 pm Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2010

Fast and cold  Sucess!

As mentioned below, do not start too early if you climb fast. We left at 01.00, summited the real (Whymper) summit before 0600 and had to wait maybe 30 minutes for the sun to rise, which was pretty cold. Then about 2 hours down.

Route was easy and consistent, though also very cold when going up, one of few times I climbed with down jacket on.


edomar2611 - Feb 16, 2011 8:42 am Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2008

Wonderful Sunrise  Sucess!

I reached Ventimilla summit (6270 m) during a wonderful sunrise.
When I reached the summit it was impossible to continue up to the main summit due to a wind storm (more than 80 km/h)


wmolland - Feb 1, 2011 1:55 pm Date Climbed: Jan 28, 2011

Normal Route  Sucess!

Followed the normal route up to the summits. The frozen gravel was less than enjoyable at the start, but the climb up was not all that bad. It is a very long climb that goes consistently up at about 35 degrees, but it is all on good snow. Once you get to the ridge it´s just a matter of putting one foot in front on the other for a long long time. The farthest point from the center of the earth is pretty awesome! Got to see Sangay erupt a few times just at sunrise. Sweet!


CBakwin - Jan 20, 2011 9:18 am Date Climbed: Jan 19, 2011


Wow, not sure what happened, ran outta steam 300 meters from the top. Long steep snow slog and the snow was loose near the top causing me lots of problems. I think the 10pm ¨wake up¨was also a problem.....Ayway, this was pretty straightforward, beautiful full moon night.


mirhash - Jan 15, 2011 12:53 am Date Climbed: Jan 3, 2011

Whiteout on the summit  Sucess!

Managed to do the normal route from the laguna above the whymper refuge in 6.5 hours. Couldn't get to the Whymper summit due to the whiteout on top but it was a hell of a climb!

andre hangaard

andre hangaard - Dec 16, 2010 10:56 am Date Climbed: Dec 10, 2010

High camp  Sucess!

Two days on Chimborazo. Johan Dahlström and me climbed the normal route through a rather safe snow covered El Corridor up to El Castillo where we pitched our tent and camp for the evening. The weather conditions were perfect with almost no wind at all despite from low clouds hanging over El Castillo.
At 11:00pm we woke up to a bright night full of stars and made a straight forward climb over the huge snowcovered flank of this huge mountain. We summited Cumbre Whymper at around 07:00.
Some cold winds up at the top and a mix of sun and clouds.
Later around noon the weather deterioated and while we were descending El Corridor (far too late) we were in mist and rain.


DCcoug - Sep 3, 2010 5:13 pm Date Climbed: Jun 16, 1999

Avalanche Risk

No attempt due to elevated avalanche conditions while we were there. The climbers memorial grave markers near the Whymper hut give you a little extra motivation to be cautious. Too bad, looked like a fun climb - the surrounding countryside is beautiful. Some big sloppy St. Bernard dog jumped all over me in the village we stopped at on the way back to Quito ...

starybaran - Jul 23, 2010 3:09 pm Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2010

Normal Route  Sucess!

Started at 11:40pm, summited Whimper at 4:40am, return to Whimper hut at 6:20am. Clear skyes but, didn´t waited for sunrise due to coldness. For everyone who walks bit faster than other climbers, do not start at midnight, i recommend at 02:00 or 03:00 am to avoid summiting before sunrise. It should be absolutely sufficient. Easy climb, didn´t need to use ice axe just as a walking stick.

andre hangaard

andre hangaard - Jul 31, 2010 1:11 pm

Re: Normal Route

Congrats! How was the route up to El Castillo? Any difficulties to find the route in the dark?

starybaran - Jan 1, 2011 5:52 pm

Re: Normal Route

Thanks :) till El Castillo there were about 3 guided groups in front of me, so i've just followed them, somewhere around that point i've got ahead of them, but from there it's just straight up. On the other hand, i'm sure, that it won't be so easy in a different weather. Visibility was perfect and the trail from previous climbs was still there.


mychael - May 6, 2010 3:31 pm Date Climbed: Jan 7, 2007

Very Long Day  Sucess!

So tiring. Very difficult to keep putting one foot in front of the other but we survived and were successful. Quite cloudy so views were nonexistent.

Boriss Andean

Boriss Andean - Jan 4, 2010 2:14 pm Date Climbed: Jan 2, 2010

Route Climbed: Normal Route Via El Castillo.  Sucess!

My first summit of 2010. Guided Maria and Rennata, both from Austria. We left from refugio Whymper at 11 pm. A very bright night lit by the full moon. Actually I started the climb guiding to Maria. A very fast ascent. One of the guides got sick and asked me to take his client along with me (Rennata).

It took us 5:45 hours to get to the Veintimilla summit where Rennata asked me to leave her there. No way!!.. The three of us climbed for about 30 more minutes and got just on time to see the beautiful sunrise colors from the Whymper summit (6,310 m / 20,702 ft).

Hugs, a few tears and pictures. Personally it felt great to me... to say good bye to 2009 on the summit of Cotopaxi two days ago, and to welcome the new year at the top of Ecuador's highest mountain.

Got down by the same route we came up. Mountain conditions were excellent, except for the hard ice-gravel ones at the first dome, where Rennata slipped and fell down forcing me to use self arrest technique... uff!.. I stopped the fall a couple meters down.

A great accomplishment while guiding to my climbing partners... three mountains, three summits... no failures. Can't stop smiling :).

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