Love this Mountain, the view looking into that crater is something else...if you're reading this and haven't summitted Cotopaxi, just go there and do it!
We reached 17,700 ft (5400 m) and had to turn back at a crevasse. One team made it across and to the summit, but crossing apparently involved jumping it, vertical climbing, crossing a wood board and a very weak snow bridge that might collapse by return. Our guide said if we crossed we would be committed to descending an alternate route. Several teams tried probing for the end but had no luck. All the teams except the one summit team turned back that morning. Bizarre that we were the group to find this obstacle in worse condition than before, but I´ll be back soon hopefully.
Hard climb, coming down was harder because altitude gave me a asthmatic cough.
Great peak !
Climbed with my friend, Jonas Haag.
cold, windy and icy and a very crevassed route, the normal route had changed because of this. Summited with zero visibility and a layer of ice on me.
Met Ivan Vallejos, so that was more fun than the summit :)
I bet it was more fun. Ivan Vallejo is a legend and a great person!.. He is the 7th climber out of 10 who climbed ALL 8000'ers without supplementary oxygen.
He is the only South American to do so, and the second in the whole continent after Ed Viesturs from the USA.
I climbed Cotopaxi during a snowy storm, leading for the first time a group of three persons.
My buddy and I, who were spending the semester studying in Ecuador, made it up over the weekend with a local guide. Cotopaxi was a beautiful mountain, an easy enough climb for the beginners that we were, and a good experience with our guide. It certainly helps to live in Quito awhile in order to acclimatize.
We left too early and were left shivering under the final steep ice/snow section for an hour waiting for the sun to rise. Got to the top in clouds but it was still an awesome climb up. Some of the ice formations are wild up there!
new hight point for me,FANTASTIC WEATHER! I was preparing for this climb last few months, maybe i should go for Chimbo or Cayambe, but there is always next time.
Great weather and a new high point for myself
it is the best way to spend your early morning
Climbed with Tilo and Katherine, both from Germany. I looked back down to Paulo PAROFES from time to time. He taught me a new Portuguese word “gostosa”.
The weather was perfect, clear sky. Our climb was lit by a bright half-moon which showed us our way to follow. I barely used my headlamp.
We got to the summit (5,897 m / 19,347 ft) at 6:30 am, exactly five and a half hours after leaving from the refuge. Awesome views of the crater and other mountains.
Totally happy. I summited Illiniza Sur the following day. :)
Left the refuge at 1:10 am in two rope teams, one of three and the other of two, and summited in 4 hours and 40 minutes. We were first on summit that day, right in time for the sunrise! Absolutely breathtaking!
Okay people insisted and i went up there.
Summited solo in alpine style. Camp 100m outside the refuge...
Almost frostbite on one finger, really crazy. Have to buy new gloves...
Perfect and clear day. Back in the refuge by 09:45 am.
Ah, and i did with a damn cold, my throat infected as hell...
Now have to get some rest and get better...
Bumped into Boris several times during the climb and together at the summit!
I told you it takes three times ...
Great work Paulo! I second Rob, it does take three times to climb this mountain :-)
You were right Rob!
I got famous at the hut because i got to know all local guides and they all knew i was the brazilian climbing solo at the third attempt hehehe
But for that time, i set up my tent around 100m far away from the refuge to do some good photos and enjoy some time alone.
At the little fun ice climbing part close to the summit, i was soloing it with my ice tools and one guide liked and took several photos of me, i wish i could find him to get that photos hehehe...