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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Terrible snow conditions but lovely weather. We had fantastic views from the summit.
6h to summit. Really bad weather. Couldn't see the crater. Good fun .
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.
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.
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.
beautiful climb through amazing glaciers, clear weather up to 8 AM
Dreamed of climbing this since I was a kid looking at National Geographic mags. Finally did it (followed by Chimborazo!).
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.
Reached the summit from the refuge after about five hours of climbing, took pictures, watched the sunrise, took more pictures, rolled out.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 :-)