Chimborazo Climber's Log

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tjbst47

tjbst47 - Jan 5, 2007 11:42 pm Date Climbed: Jan 5, 2007

Veintemilla

Made it to Veintemilla summit, but I would have liked the Whymper summit. Conditions were cold, windy, and cloudy all up the ridge and REALLY cold and windy at the Veinemilla, so I called it good enough.

Jesus Malverde

Jesus Malverde - Dec 23, 2006 9:48 pm Date Climbed: Dec 6, 2006

some thoughts

Whymper summit or Veintemilla summit via the El Castillo route; choices, choices...
some thoughts for what they are worth:
Several people told me that it can take 3+ hours (round trip) to get from the Veintemilla summit to the Whymper summit when the penitentes are exposed. Conceivably, This might add up to three hours to your climb if you started at the Whymper Refugio. One safety consideration on the El Castillo route is getting down below the obvious lower section (that is prone to rockfall) before 10:00 am. The tradeoff may be that you need to leave earlier than say 12:00 am to allow for more time cross the penitente field between summits as well as making it down below the lower section by 10:00 am. The key seems to be getting a good estimate on how long it will take your party to make that "round trip" from Veintemilla to Whymper and back and then leaving that much earlier before 12:00 am. This approach also puts you on the very upper part of the mountain at the coldest time of the day and also might mean that you are still approaching the Veintemilla in the dark of the morning.
We had a party of three fairly strong and acclimatized climbers on one rope that left the EW refugio at 12:00 am. We summited the Veintemilla at ~6:15 am and were back at the EW refugio at 9:30 am. So we made it down below the rockfall-prone section at before 10:00 am, but probably wouldn't have made this "cut off" time if we had gone for the Whymper summit. There had been a bit of snow over the previous week on Chimborazo and the penitentes were fairly covered, but the snow didn't look too consolidated on the summit plateau. My guess would have been that it would have taken a bit of negotiating to get over to the Whymper. This would have no doubt eaten into our time frame of getting down the El Castillo route to try and avoid potential rockfall on the lower section.One work around for this slim-time-margin scenario might be to put a high camp on the route so that a party would have more time on the upper mountain to get over to the Whymper summit. But this would mean carrying full loads up to the ridge above the El Castillo. Hmmmm...
On a different note, I wouldn't skimp on handwear on this route. For example, I brought Black Diamond Guide gloves (retail $154) thinking they would be overkill on this mountain. They turned out to be ideal for the conditions we encountered. Something like an 8000m mitt would be probably be overkill, but would advise beefy, warm gloves/mitts for the upper mountain. I would also definitely recommend plastic double boots instead of leather w/ supergaiters. I used the newer model Koflach Arctis Expe boots and actually had cold feet very briefly near the summit. Weird.
Anyway, just one crazy alpinisto's opinion....:)

Outdoorpartner

Outdoorpartner - Dec 16, 2006 1:00 pm Date Climbed: Dec 13, 2006

Avalance Danger

Caught in a storm at 18,000 plus... lightening. Dumped 4 inches of fresh snow during the 2 hours we bivuaced. Turned around in very dangerous avalanche loaded conditions. Went from clear skies to storm in 30 minutes.

thenewpassion

thenewpassion - Dec 10, 2006 6:46 am Date Climbed: Dec 6, 2004

Grrrrrr  Sucess!

Horrible weather all the way up and down. Could never see more than 10 meters in front. Still,made it to the top completely covered in ice.

Whitesail

Whitesail - Nov 26, 2006 1:53 pm

1998  Sucess!

Normal Wymper route. Climbed with a couple of friends from Oreagon who I met in Ecuador. Summit was unfortunatly in mist just like Cotopaxi!

Woodie Hopper

Woodie Hopper - Oct 31, 2006 6:55 pm Date Climbed: Oct 28, 2006

Castillo/Ruta terrible  Sucess!

Great weather but very tough conditions. I had to use the lower hut (4,800 meters) since the Whymper hut route had a lot of black ice. There was a lot of black ice leading up to and past the Castillo. Above the ridge there was a lot of very hard blue ice requiring multiple consecutive pitches. My axe sometimes glanced-off the surface! After this there were some crevasses and a huge penitente field up to 6-7 feet high starting below 6,000 meters and covering the Veintimilla summit. The route to the Whymper summit and the summit itself was protected by extensive penitente fields up to 10 feet high! Of course I didn't go past the Veintimilla summit.

phydeux

phydeux - Oct 7, 2006 4:43 pm

normal "Whymper" Route 1990

Fun, if not a long, one day climb.

peakrat76

peakrat76 - Aug 14, 2006 10:28 pm Date Climbed: Nov 20, 1991

Thielmann Glacier Direct  Sucess!

Stayed in the comfortable Whymper Refugio following climbs of Cayambe and Cotopaxi. Midnight start. Encountered some fun ice on the glacier. Pointe Veintemilla reached in fog. A great climb. (Cold beer at hut on return.) Perfect end to a great expedition.

n8jojohnson

n8jojohnson - Jul 30, 2006 3:49 pm Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2006

Normal Route  Sucess!

First climb where I hit 'the wall' (I was a walking zombie, taking 10 breaths per step) Luckily, though, we were only 10 minutes from the summit.

ElCapitanKoolAid

ElCapitanKoolAid - Jun 18, 2006 3:44 pm

First 6000 m  Sucess!

In 1989 with some of my climbing buddies we went to Ecuador. At the time I was 18. I remember that we were racing toward the summit just for the fun of it.

summiter

summiter - Mar 30, 2006 12:16 am Date Climbed: Oct 16, 2005

Route: Normal route from above Whymper Hut  Sucess!

Camped on the glacier at 19,200 ft. Awesome experience. First day to camp gave us blue skies and great views. We had a good strong start. I hated the Ventimilla dome. Had a little clear skies on the summit (Whymper) but it clouded in fast. There was an increadible white-out traversing back to Ventimilla, very depressing as I could not see my progress until I got there. Had a quick descent. Very enjoyable.

Our American guide brought his 10 yr old son along. He made it as well. Youngest I've ever heard of making it up Chimbo!

Liga

Liga - Feb 27, 2006 3:22 pm Date Climbed: Jan 25, 2006

Route Climbed: El Castillo  Sucess!

Chimborazo is a real challenge when the weather does not cooperate. I was not lucky, so the climb was really tough because of extremely cold and windy weather. Anyway, impressive mountain and rewarding summit!

colint

colint - Jan 22, 2006 11:48 am

Route Climbed: normal via el castillo Date Climbed: january 22 2006  Sucess!

After terrible weather on Cotopaxi, the absolutely perfect starry windless night on Chimborazo was a relief. At the Whymper summit for sunrise and nearly every volcano in Ecuador could be seen. My partner got AMS early on and the guide took her down. He then reascended and caught up with me and another rope team a few hundred meters higher. I would definitely recommend Freddy with Moggely climbing as a guide. We summitted in 6 hours. Remember- Veintimilla is not the summit.

Ario

Ario - Nov 9, 2005 12:20 am

Route Climbed: El Castillo Date Climbed: June 16th, 2005  Sucess!

Alpine grade PD (40 degrees, + 1500m from Refugio Carrel), with a guide of the native community of Guargalla, windy during the night and good weather in the morning. If you climb with a guide, make sure he takes you to the true summit (Cumbre Whymper). Many of them prefer turning back at Cumbre Veintemilla avoiding the long traverse to Whymper, pretending the summit is reached !

edl - Sep 29, 2005 6:26 pm

Route Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: Nov. 1998

Icy! We bailed before we got in over our heads. Nobody summited that day.

radson

radson - Sep 18, 2005 5:29 am

Route Climbed: Original route Date Climbed: 21st June 205  Sucess!

I enjoyed this climb much more than Cotopaxi. Maybe I was more acclimitised but i think also because the terrain is more varied. Just the guide and I left at midnight and at Ventimillia at 7am. I must admit looked over at the whmper summit and didnt think any thing further could be gained by walking across to that mound. I was just wearing marmot spring gloves and hands got a bit chilly towards the top. Both my and my guides feet were very cold even in plastics. Wonderfully clear conditions, a bit of mist on the top slighly impeding 360 deg views. We used a screw going up on one section but just leaned right back on our crampons going down.

C.Wagner - Aug 24, 2005 1:11 pm

Route Climbed: Normal route Date Climbed: July 20, 2005

Start from whyper refuge at 0000

9 people + 5 guides

Steep trip, hard and dirty ice

Climb only 500 m (1600 ft) in 3 hr

Clearly unabble to reach the summit (maybe tired after more than 2 weeks climbing and trekking)

Turn back with 3 others at 5500 m

Bad weather coming, at lot of wind

Nobody could reach the summit this day due to fresh snow at 6100 m (19800 ft) just before pt Ventimilla



Climbing back in the night was quite dangerous

- difficult to find the way (even with an experienced guide)

- no moonlight



It is really more difficult than Cotopaxi

amcfarre

amcfarre - Feb 17, 2005 10:14 am

Route Climbed: normal route Date Climbed: Feb 1, 2005  Sucess!

We left at 11am and reached the false summit a bit after 6am, in time to watch the sunrise. We made the traverse over to the Whymper summit and hurried down as fast as our four person party could go. A few rocks were already coming off the lower glacier and icy cliffs, but none hit our party.



Excellent weather day, great views of the other peaks and got to watch the southern cross during much of the climb.



Photos and Journals

ripper333 - Feb 15, 2005 6:13 pm

Route Climbed: normal route Date Climbed: dec 2004  Sucess!

left the hut around 1am reached the summit at

7am.. climbing conditions were perfecto .. made

great time. beautiful sunrise!

big_g

big_g - Feb 8, 2005 6:19 pm Date Climbed: Feb 3, 2005

Route Climbed: Castillo

Made it to Veintemilla in a tad over 6h 30m. Pretty beat but would have dragged myself over to Whymper if I hadn't been overruled. There's always next time.

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