Cotopaxi Climber's Log

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peakrat76 - Aug 14, 2006 10:21 pm Date Climbed: Nov 17, 1991

Ruta Normal  Sucess!

A fun climb on a big peak. Too many people at the hut for my taste; many were day turistas. Weather was stable and the summit calm, although too warm to stay high for long...avalanche conditions by mid-day. The plus to the hut was the cold beer after a good climb.


osatrik - Aug 14, 2006 7:27 pm Date Climbed: Feb 14, 2002

Cotopaxi - watch the altitude!  Sucess!

Climbed with the OSAT-Ecuador group. One climber stayed at the Refugio because he wasn't feeling well. When we returned, he was unconcious and had to be carried down to the parking lot and evacuated to a Quito hospital for a 2 night stay -- one lung 1/2 full of fluid due to HAPE.

Miguel Angel Perez

Miguel Angel Perez - Aug 9, 2006 11:48 pm Date Climbed: Jan 2, 2004

Route Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: January 2, 2004  Sucess!

I attempted Cotopaxi for the 3rd time (second time in this route) and failed due to lack of acclimatization and bad snow conditions. No one summited that day. One week later I tried again and after summiting Chimborazo I went up pretty fast. We couldn´t see the crater due to vapors and some clouds.
A wonderful climb!


ElCapitanKoolAid - Jun 18, 2006 3:49 pm

A variant?

After being in L.A. for three months (sea level) was quite invigorating to go this high. I remember that everybody was waiting to cross a crevasse and we got bored just waiting. So, we decided to turn left of it and this brought us to more interesting climbing.


phouse - Jun 6, 2006 5:16 pm Date Climbed: Nov 12, 1991

Normal Route  Sucess!

We had a very cold day and it was hard to climb, because we had no slope. But we reach the summit and get back very happy.

Gertiño - May 28, 2006 7:05 pm Date Climbed: Feb 24, 2003

Route Climbed : normal route

Returned at approx. 5.600 m because of exhaustion/dizzyness (one advise : get enough rest the days/weeks before the climb)

Sunrise on the mountain was amazing

I'll be back to get my revenge :-)


nesnegroj - May 16, 2006 6:44 pm Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2003

Route: Normal

Had to abandon because off bad stomach


TM - Apr 10, 2006 5:34 am

standard route

Great route, interesting but moderate. Fun climbing, beautiful place. Stay at Tambopaxi before and after, it's cush (featherbeds, wine list, fresh trout dinners), well-priced and run by great folks.


emilie - Mar 1, 2006 1:26 am Date Climbed: Jan 18, 2006

Standard Route

Bad storm during first attempt - high winds, poor visibility, so-so snow conditions, and we were covered in ice. Turned around at 18,300ft.
Came back three days later for a second attempt but only made it to 17,800ft - too beat from the first attempt.


Liga - Feb 27, 2006 3:31 pm Date Climbed: Jan 20, 2006

Normal Route  Sucess!

Easy climb, great views. We had increadible night with clear sky and billions of stars which was followed by amazing sunrise on the top. Awesome.


KCWA - Feb 17, 2006 6:28 pm

Normal Route  Sucess!

Great climb, perfect weather. First time to high altitude.


colint - Jan 17, 2006 10:14 pm

Route Climbed: normal Date Climbed: jan 17 2006  Sucess!

The weather was bad- low clouds, high winds. Out of 30 or so leaving the refugio only 6 summitted. Guides with Moggely are by far the most professional on the mountain, some others take up poorly acclimatized assholes and hurry, cross ropes, start late etc. Really an exceptional climb when the weather keeps away the crowds!


forjan - Jan 13, 2006 3:35 pm

Route Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: January 7, 2006  Sucess!

Our 1st attempt on Cotopaxi was on January 5, 2006. DeeDee and I woke up at 12:15am. We started to climb at 1:30am. Socked in clouds; poor visibility; 1.5 feet of new snow overnight meant avalanche risk. We decided to turn around at 5255 meters (17,241 feet) at 4:04am. Back at the Jose Ribas hut at 4:56am. Went to sleep from 5:00am 'til 9:00am. Defeated by conditions, we went down to Hosteria La Estacion to rest overnight.

Our 2nd attempt on Cotopaxi was on January 7, 2006. Woke up at midnight. Started climbing exactly at 1:00am. Got to the ice wall near the Yanasacha before dawn. Waited for daylight to tackle the crux of the route (a small 50 degree step) by the bergshrund. Summited at 7:40am. Stayed 15 minutes at Cotopaxi's summit. Back at the hut by 9:53am (~ 9 hrs roundtrip). Then, we drove down to Aloasi for much-needed rest at Hosteria La Estacion.


climberben - Dec 26, 2005 4:49 am

Route Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: 1 November 2000  Sucess!

Made a quick ascent and descent of the mountain in beautiful weather. The climb took 6 hours round trip from the refugio. Beautiful sunrise on the summit!


YetiBauer - Dec 8, 2005 9:36 pm

Route Climbed: Normal Route North Date Climbed: Feburary 2005  Sucess!

The lower glacier was dry with no snow cover. On descent we experienced a "solar oven" trapped in a low cloud with the brilliant sun above the sun light was double reflected and it warmed up beyond belief!

Tambo Paxi (the lower hut) is a great place to acclimatize


Ario - Nov 9, 2005 4:52 am

Route Climbed: Normal Route (North) Date Climbed: June 10th, 2005  Sucess!

Alpine grade PD (50 degrees, + 1100m), free climb following a Tyrolean party, icy rain during the night and good weather in the morning.

When we reached back Refugio Jose Ribas at 10:30 am, we were still ice-covered due to the night icy-rain !

edl - Sep 29, 2005 6:28 pm

Route Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: Nov. 1998

Turned around at 19,000 due to partners illness. Still a great time on a fantastic mountain.


radson - Sep 18, 2005 5:21 am

Route Climbed: Normal route Date Climbed: 15 June 2005  Sucess!

A wonderful sustained climb in beautiful weather. As per photos cotopaxi turned pink beneath our plastics at about 5600m. We summited around 7am with no wind and looking at Chimbo and Antisana. Good snow meant we were down in just under 2 hours.


Guillaume.Ceyrac - Aug 24, 2005 2:47 am

Route Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: August 2001

Went there with PO and Benoît, also from France. After a freezing night in the refugio, we started to climb at 3 O clock and had to stop after 3 hours because of a heavy snow storm. We did not have enough time to wait a while in order to attempt the summit on more time... I'll have to get back there !

C.Wagner - Aug 22, 2005 1:46 pm

Route Climbed: Normal route from J Rivas hut Date Climbed: July 16, 2005  Sucess!

Strated at 0100

Summited at 0630

Nice weather, but windy

Clear view of all other equatorian summits

Some fresh snow just below the summit

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