First sunny day my climbing partner and I experienced in the week we had spent in Ecuador, but the timing couldn't have been better. Left the refugio at 12:40 am, but made it to the high ridge (~45 minutes from the summit) by 4 am. From there, in order not to miss the sunrise, we slowed our pace drastically and summited around 5:30 to an incredible display of the surrounding mountains. Amazing experience with Andes Climbing as our guide.
Acclimating for Chimbo, but never got a weather window for that one. Oh well better that nothing.
I climbed Cotopaxi (19,347 ft.) on June 22, 2018. I was happy to get to the summit and back safely with my guide Jaime Vargas, from Andean Summit Adventure. We started on June 21, 2018 in the afternoon at the parking lot at 14,765 ft. We stayed at the Jose Ribas hut which was that 15,960 ft. After an 11:30 p.m. wake up, we started our climb at 12:45 a.m. It took 2 hours to get to the base of the glacier and then we did 5 hours climbing on the glacier with crampons. This was mostly at night with constant wind of about 30 to 35 miles an hour and wind chill making it about -10 C. Conditions were pretty brutal. It was quite a workout for an old-timer like me.
Anyway, we were able to get to the top at 8 a.m. using the north face route without incident. It was a real slog. We returned to the hut a little after 10 a.m. in the morning. All in all, it was about an 11-hour climb which was a real challenge. I was pleased to have accomplished this.
great feeling coming back to this wonderful mountain. ascent was straight, great climate, very cold ... only the summit window had a big fat clould for us so we did not see anything :) ... anyway, will be back some day soon.
I climbed the normal route solo. Walked in all the way from the park entrance.
Absolutely loved this climb. A must to do again some day.
First major climb for my amazing gf. I had food poisoning the night before and was vomiting and had the runs until a few hours before we had to start
An awe-inspiring experience, especially after having summited Cayambe three days before. Views at the top were restricted by heavy clouds but that didn't dampen the spirit of celebration enjoyed by over a dozen fellow mountaineers including three exuberant Russians.
We stayed at Tambopaxi in the park and drove up to the parking lot around 11 pm. No problems getting to the summit but as soon as we arrived it became extremely cloudy and windy. We were only able to get a brief view down into the crater before descending.
We started climbing around midnight. For the first few hours it was quite clear (the night sky was amazing), but it got soon windy and cloudy and very cold. We could barely see anything all the way up and all the way down. Good thing we had a guide who knew where he was going!
great day for summit. No traffic jams.
I tried to summit Cotopaxi back in July, and had absolutely horrible weather - our group only made it to the refuge from the parqueadero and then had to turn back. It was really disappointing, but I kept training and summited the other day. All other climbers besides two turned back, but the weather was not bad - just a little snow and wind. It was ana amazing experience and I'd definitely recommend it to others!
My first real high altitude mountain!
Outstanding experience in spite of the avalanche dangers that turned everyone back. Sierra Nevada Expeditions are top notch. Passionate and professional. Freddy and Estalin made the entire week in Ecuador awesome. Looking forward to the return trip to tie up this loose end.
Used Sierra Nevada Expeditions as guides. Owner Freddy is a legend and absolutely awesome! He and Estalin acclimated our group on Rucu Pichincha, Corazon, and Illiniza Norte. All climbs were successful and amazing. Arrived at Tombopaxi lodge on the 24th. Mountain was stormy then, but was crystal clear at midnight when we started. Temps not below freezing. Made it to about 17,500 feet when we met groups ahead of us descending due to avalanche concern. Our lead guide, Estalin, dug his own snow pit to do a stability test and recommended that we also retreat. No one on the mountain made the summit that day. Sad we didn't summit, but glad that we played it safe and have a chance to do it again. Beautiful mountain. Highly recommend Freddy and Sierra Nevada. You couldn't ask for a more knowledgable and experienced team. Freddy estimated he had climbed Cotopaxi at least 350 times in his 30 years of mountaineering. Hopefully, we can join him again soon, so we can complete the climb.
Summit via Rompecorazones! Took forever but a friend and I both made it to the summit at about 7am. 5 minutes of cloudless views and then heavy fog for more than halfway down. Scary moments as my friends legs failed him and he slid down the slope a few times. Total climb time, 12 hours there and back. 9pm to 9am. Started and ended at car park due to refuge closure.
I had already a summit from the nourmal route in 2012. Second attempt with a friend from NY, Chetan. He turned back at 5,100m due to bad altitude sickness. I waited for nearly 2 hours for my guide to return (dropping him off) to continue. I went on to 5,700m and turned back due to moderate winds that were killing my under protected head =)
My first ever climb in 2011, and to this day probably the hardest. Went way to hard early on racing an Irishman and a Canadian who were far fitter than me. Came close to crawling the last bit to the refugio but at least I didnt throw up like the Canadian!
Slept down in the valley, refuge was closed. Drove up to refuge and started hiking at 2300. Got to summit around sun rise. Very steep and lots of false summits. A small portion of the hike was on a razor exposed ridge line, very cool. While up on the summit neighboring volcano Tungurahua erupted, again very cool. Perfect weather. Great day hiking.
Left the refuge at 23pm and broke trail at the lower part of the mountain. Later on some ecuatorian guides asked to overtake and we politely let them. Summited pretty late, around 6 or 7pm. Two party members got very cold while exposed to high winds. The rompe corazon route was very scenic and the summit views were amazing. Later on, after we descended - around 9am, the clouds rolled in and visibility was bad.