Strated at 0100
Summited at 0630
Nice weather, but windy
Clear view of all other equatorian summits
Some fresh snow just below the summit
Was turned back 200 m below the summit due to rediculously strong winds. Consistant 40-50 mph but gusting to probably 70mph. Very difficult to stand much less climb into it.
After a very short night of about 3 hours, we started at 0:30 in the night. The ascent was very steep so we needed about 8 hours to make it to the summit, but we had some really nice views on the lights of Quito in the night. We reached the top at about 8:30 in the morning.
Very tough climb in terms of steepness. use a good guide from a reputable company that is asegium certified.
Left Quito at 8 pm, drove in the back way (didn't have to pay park entrance!), hiked straight from the trailhead to the summit without "sleeping" at the refugio. The fog broke as we passed Yanasacha and left us with stunning views from the summit. -5 C. sustained temps, no wind. Summited just before 8:00 am. Well-consolidated snow softened as we descended, but not dangerously.
Very nice climb sustained and friendly.
Colder than I expected, but no problems.
We left around 1am and reached the summit for sunrise after 5 hours. The route was well marked since it hadn't snowed for a few days. We crossed the ladder over the final crevasse and used it going down as well even through there was a snow bridge just 20 feet away. The summit crater is an amazing sight.
Photos and Trip Report
Left the hut at 0100 and summited around 0800. I had to go pee at 2100 on the night before the climb and saw the clear sky and moon lit glacier! When we awoke it was not too cold (about 20f degrees I would guess) and calm. It got windy towards the summit (go figure) and colder. I did the whole climb in two long sleve layers, only putting on my jacket at the summit and for the decent.
The ladder was out, (unless you wanted to try something like the jump in the movie Vertical Limit) so we had to traverse around the crevasse to a small snow bridge then up to the summit.
Started from the hut at 0100 and summited at 0745. Clear night but strong winds. Soft snow and wind made the climb very difficult. The clouds were wipping around on the summit. No view of the crater. Interesting route meandering through the crevasse field and seracs. Felt great to hit my personal altitude record (to be broken 3 days later on Chimborazo).
Started at 1 a.m. to the summit. Bad weather - strong winds. No view on the summit, that we reached at 7 a.m. A day, where you feel the nature and yourself.
Bad weather with no views. 60mph winds around the wind scoop just below Yanasasha on the way down. Great time though.
For my first major big summit, it was absolutely spectacular. Views were brilliant, guides amazing, the whole experience one never to forget.
Summated in an ice storm... visibility 5 metres. Somewhat disappointing. The view before the storm though made everything worthwhile.
LLegamos a la cumbrebastante temprano(5:30 am)Bastante frio, muy nublado pero bueno. La cumbre fue junto con René MOntero.
Not well acclamatized and climbing solo. Ran into storm, 2m visibility, happy didn't fall into cravesses. Started at 12am and aborted around 2am around 5000m.
dope climb. thanks gio (representin oakland) and diego "vamos a la playa" castillo for draggin' my a** up. we left the refugio after not sleeping a wink just after midnight and summited around 8:00 am. mad altitude sickness, but made it paso a pasito up the ill 50-60 degree slope at the end. spectacular views from the top, but i think the martian landscape and all of ecuador laid out before you in the moonlight was the dopest. then when you come back down in the light you're like "what the **** did i just climb up?"
Hooked up with a random german guy called Steffen in Quito. Wore jeans and a silk shirt (plus some other stuff, naturally) on summit day. Had to retreat from somewhere quite near the top when a storm swept in and visibility got bad.
After a going back because of bad snow conditions and too much wind on Dec. 20, 2003, we returned to Cotopaxi on Jan. 2, 2004. It was a clear night with a little bit of wind.
The summit was without clouds but when we finally reached it, the crater was coverd with clouds.
Finally I reached the Cotopaxi summit in my 4th try. It was great!!!
Straightforward climb, good weather.
Climbed Cotopaxi 2 times in 7 days, just to be sure to take good pictures of everything !
Wonderful trek through ice and crevasses; much more snow on Dec 14, making way down dangerous .
6 hours on the way up from the hut, 1.5 hour on the way down .
I climbed with Uli from Austria and her guide Pato Salazar on Dec 07 ( my guide J. Mesias had to go back with the other client of our party ) .
I climbed with Craig Vieth from the USA and his guide Jacobo on Dec 14 ( my guide Flavio had to go back with the other client of our party )!!!!
Thanks to all these people for helping me to climb this fantastic mountain .
Viva Ecuador !