I climbed the normal route solo. Walked in all the way from the park entrance.
Absolutely loved this climb. A must to do again some day.
First major climb for my amazing gf. I had food poisoning the night before and was vomiting and had the runs until a few hours before we had to start
An awe-inspiring experience, especially after having summited Cayambe three days before. Views at the top were restricted by heavy clouds but that didn't dampen the spirit of celebration enjoyed by over a dozen fellow mountaineers including three exuberant Russians.
We stayed at Tambopaxi in the park and drove up to the parking lot around 11 pm. No problems getting to the summit but as soon as we arrived it became extremely cloudy and windy. We were only able to get a brief view down into the crater before descending.
We started climbing around midnight. For the first few hours it was quite clear (the night sky was amazing), but it got soon windy and cloudy and very cold. We could barely see anything all the way up and all the way down. Good thing we had a guide who knew where he was going!
great day for summit. No traffic jams.
I tried to summit Cotopaxi back in July, and had absolutely horrible weather - our group only made it to the refuge from the parqueadero and then had to turn back. It was really disappointing, but I kept training and summited the other day. All other climbers besides two turned back, but the weather was not bad - just a little snow and wind. It was ana amazing experience and I'd definitely recommend it to others!
My first real high altitude mountain!
Outstanding experience in spite of the avalanche dangers that turned everyone back. Sierra Nevada Expeditions are top notch. Passionate and professional. Freddy and Estalin made the entire week in Ecuador awesome. Looking forward to the return trip to tie up this loose end.
Used Sierra Nevada Expeditions as guides. Owner Freddy is a legend and absolutely awesome! He and Estalin acclimated our group on Rucu Pichincha, Corazon, and Illiniza Norte. All climbs were successful and amazing. Arrived at Tombopaxi lodge on the 24th. Mountain was stormy then, but was crystal clear at midnight when we started. Temps not below freezing. Made it to about 17,500 feet when we met groups ahead of us descending due to avalanche concern. Our lead guide, Estalin, dug his own snow pit to do a stability test and recommended that we also retreat. No one on the mountain made the summit that day. Sad we didn't summit, but glad that we played it safe and have a chance to do it again. Beautiful mountain. Highly recommend Freddy and Sierra Nevada. You couldn't ask for a more knowledgable and experienced team. Freddy estimated he had climbed Cotopaxi at least 350 times in his 30 years of mountaineering. Hopefully, we can join him again soon, so we can complete the climb.
Summit via Rompecorazones! Took forever but a friend and I both made it to the summit at about 7am. 5 minutes of cloudless views and then heavy fog for more than halfway down. Scary moments as my friends legs failed him and he slid down the slope a few times. Total climb time, 12 hours there and back. 9pm to 9am. Started and ended at car park due to refuge closure.
I had already a summit from the nourmal route in 2012. Second attempt with a friend from NY, Chetan. He turned back at 5,100m due to bad altitude sickness. I waited for nearly 2 hours for my guide to return (dropping him off) to continue. I went on to 5,700m and turned back due to moderate winds that were killing my under protected head =)
My first ever climb in 2011, and to this day probably the hardest. Went way to hard early on racing an Irishman and a Canadian who were far fitter than me. Came close to crawling the last bit to the refugio but at least I didnt throw up like the Canadian!
Slept down in the valley, refuge was closed. Drove up to refuge and started hiking at 2300. Got to summit around sun rise. Very steep and lots of false summits. A small portion of the hike was on a razor exposed ridge line, very cool. While up on the summit neighboring volcano Tungurahua erupted, again very cool. Perfect weather. Great day hiking.
Left the refuge at 23pm and broke trail at the lower part of the mountain. Later on some ecuatorian guides asked to overtake and we politely let them. Summited pretty late, around 6 or 7pm. Two party members got very cold while exposed to high winds. The rompe corazon route was very scenic and the summit views were amazing. Later on, after we descended - around 9am, the clouds rolled in and visibility was bad.
The refuge was closed for construction, so I camped in the parking lot below the refuge. Cloudy and very low visibility in the afternoon. Happily the clouds lifted as the temperature dropped, and I left my camp at 11:40 p.m. under clear skies and high winds. Climbed on great snow conditions, following the long, circuitous route which has become the standard. Reached the refuge at 12:25, and the summit at 5:45. Windy and cold at the top, but we enjoyed crystal views of all surrounding mountains and the famous summit crater. Climbed with Ecuadorian guide Pato.
We were very fortunate with a weather window and were able to summit at 5:30 am on 1/6/2014. There was bad weather the day before and the several days after. Most memorable hike I have ever done despite the majority of it being in the dark. Was very cold and snowing most of the way up.
Beautiful night to head to the summit, left the refuge at 1am and reached the peak by 5.30am for sunrise; perfect conditions!
Second summit for Cotopaxi (first time in Nov 2012, normal route, summit in 6.5 hrs, good weather and great views). This time, over concerns about the crevasses and seracs - and also the expedition size - our expedition (23 climbers, 12 guides) took the Rompecorazones route... great weather, cold but no wind, almost a full moon, climbed until the "Pared" without headlamps, great view of the other mountains. Clouded up just before the summit, so no view this time. In the end we descended via the normal route, turns out there are now two sections with metal ladders (in Nov 2012, there were no ladders) and several crevasses to jump across. Looking forward to to try the south face in a few weeks...