Cotopaxi Climber's Log

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Bill562

Bill562 - Jul 10, 2007 8:17 pm Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2007

Coto standard route  Sucess!

Climbed with Haliku and Axe. The weather was beautiful as we left at midnight, but worsened as we climbed, deteriorating to a whiteout by daylight. We pushed on though and summitted at around 7 am. I donĀ“t remember when the snow started coming down, but it was with us all the way back to the hut. Glad to have done this one.

Jessica L - Apr 15, 2007 1:01 am Date Climbed: Dec 1, 2006

Cotopaxi  Sucess!

Great snow conditions, but bitterly cold and windy. My partner and I maintained a good pace to the summit, mostly because it was too cold to stop.

bennovak

bennovak - Feb 24, 2007 8:32 pm Date Climbed: Feb 14, 2007

Normal Route

Made it to ~18000 ft. Snow, and poor acclimitazation led to my demise. You need more then 2 days in Ecuador to get ready for this one. I will be ready next time.

Daniel Klassen

Daniel Klassen - Feb 9, 2007 8:16 pm Date Climbed: May 7, 2006

Summit 3  Sucess!

Guided a group of students up. Snow was deep and borderline avalanche conditions.

Daniel Klassen

Daniel Klassen - Feb 9, 2007 8:01 pm Date Climbed: Jan 8, 2006

Summit 2  Sucess!

Best weather I have had on the mountain. Was up by 7:10 am

marauders - Jan 23, 2007 6:22 pm Date Climbed: Jan 15, 2007

Climbed Normal Route: Jan. 15, 2007  Sucess!

My favorite mountain in Ecuador. By far the most beautiful and interesting terrain. It was also the fastest to climb. Summited a little under 5 hours. Perfect weather, almost no wind, with a perfect boot track. If it hasn't snowed in a while, I don't think you need a guide here. There are so many people climbing the mountain. On our summit day we summited with 3 other groups of 5 each. No one had a guide.

The initial slopes have steep switchbacks which opens into crevasse fields, seracs and 50 degree slopes. Without the boot track this would be a much harder mountain to navigate and climb, but with the boot track it's pretty easy with climbing experience.

Scott

Scott - Jan 22, 2007 4:36 am Date Climbed: Jan 10, 2007

Perfect weather  Sucess!

Climbed Cotopaxi with perfect weather. It was our easiest of the big peaks we climbed in Ecuador, but I thought it was the most beautiful as well. It took me five hours to the top, a pretty average time.

moneal

moneal - Jan 21, 2007 3:06 pm Date Climbed: Jan 9, 2007

Normal route

Caught some damn Ecuadorian virus the day of the climb. Couldn't even make a serious attempt. Two folks in my group summitted at sunrise in absolutely perfect conditions.

LC

LC - Jan 11, 2007 5:16 am Date Climbed: Dec 24, 2006

Normal Route  Sucess!

Beautiful conditions all around. Started climbing at 1am and reached the summit at about 7am. Skies were clear and could see all the major cones in the avenue of the volcanoes.

tjbst47

tjbst47 - Dec 31, 2006 7:33 pm Date Climbed: Dec 31, 2006

normal route  Sucess!

Great weather and snow conditions. Trail in the snow very well defined. Technically easy in terms of crevasse hazards. We walked down from the summit without the rope. Guides would not be useful if you have a couple years climbing experience.

thenewpassion

thenewpassion - Dec 10, 2006 6:55 am Date Climbed: Dec 3, 2004

Normal Route in Wonderful Weather  Sucess!

Terrible snow conditions but lovely weather. We had fantastic views from the summit.

Fabrice.Rimlinger

Fabrice.Rimlinger - Nov 11, 2006 4:49 pm Date Climbed: Nov 2, 2006

Normal route

6h to summit. Really bad weather. Couldn't see the crater. Good fun .

BalletBoy

BalletBoy - Nov 5, 2006 9:07 pm Date Climbed: Oct 31, 2006

Ruta Normal - Oct. 31, 2006  Sucess!

Reached the summit with Woodie Hopper in complete whiteout conditions. It snowed all afternoon and evening on the mountain before, and during our ascent. The new snow made for tough work getting to the summit. We could barely tell there was a crater with the conditions of visibility.

Woodie Hopper

Woodie Hopper - Oct 31, 2006 6:57 pm Date Climbed: Oct 31, 2006

Ruta normal  Sucess!

Climbed in white-out conditions all night. We reached the summit in 5 hours but could barely see into the crater. We didn't have a view beyond the mountain at all.

Mathias Zehring

Mathias Zehring - Oct 11, 2006 10:28 pm Date Climbed: Oct 10, 2006

normal route  Sucess!

strange weather: we started at 1 a.m., we were stuck in clouds, some snowfall but almost no wind at all. Then clouds lifted and when we reached the summit after 5 h 55 min ascent from the hut we had sun and no wind at all on the summit where we could stay for more than one pleasant hour.

Thomas Gurviez

Thomas Gurviez - Oct 10, 2006 4:51 pm Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2006

normal route  Sucess!

beautiful climb through amazing glaciers, clear weather up to 8 AM

phydeux

phydeux - Oct 7, 2006 4:46 pm

Fun climb

Dreamed of climbing this since I was a kid looking at National Geographic mags. Finally did it (followed by Chimborazo!).

pksander

pksander - Sep 26, 2006 10:10 pm Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2006

Normal Route  Sucess!

A great climb on the most impressive mountain of my climbing experience to date. Climbed with Eileen and two of Marco Cruz's guides, Segundo and Manuel. Thanks guys! The glaciers of Rainier and Mt. Baker pale in comparison to the bizzare expanses and formations of Cotopaxi.

oo09nj76t5

oo09nj76t5 - Aug 23, 2006 9:35 pm Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2006

Beautiful Day  Sucess!

Reached the summit from the refuge after about five hours of climbing, took pictures, watched the sunrise, took more pictures, rolled out.

peakrat76

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.

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