Cotopaxi Climber's Log

Viewing: 41-60 of 246
Garon Coriz

Garon Coriz - Mar 12, 2013 5:33 pm Date Climbed: Feb 16, 2013

Second Time Worked Well  Sucess!

Lame we had to hire a guide (Ecuador mountaineering sucks for this law now), but Chris and I made it to the summit in foul weather in about 6 hours. Some others raced up and paid for it with altitude sickness. The crevasse was cool and the route was pretty straight-forward. Nice to finally get the summit.


Guilty - Mar 7, 2013 10:23 pm Date Climbed: Feb 28, 2013

Normal route  Sucess!

Pick up a guide for my girlfriend and to let me solo up by myself. Brought radios to keep contact with the guide and another guide at refuge. Last to leave hoping to follow the tracks up, at 1am. But, caught everyone before the crevasses. Found my way up in very stormy conditions, snow blowing sideways. Very sketchy trail, I am glad I prepared for this. Made it down before 6am.
Did it all during the dark. No fun without the sunrise.


flow - Feb 12, 2013 4:29 am Date Climbed: Dec 19, 2012

Cotopaxi Cara Sur, ~ 5.060m

Cabanas Agama 4.000m - Camp Cotopaxi Cara Sur 4.780m

from Camp Cotopaxi Cara Sur up to the beginning of the glacier ~5.060m; turned around because of havy snowfall and fog :/


DB61 - Feb 9, 2013 6:51 pm Date Climbed: Jan 2, 2013

Ice Fog  Sucess!

Cold but made it...amazing


athom110 - Feb 5, 2013 4:24 pm Date Climbed: Feb 4, 2013

Near perfect  Sucess!

Zero wind, light snow for half hour at 17,500 ft and cloudy summit. Left refuge at 0015h and reached the summit with my fiancé and guide Diego at 0645h. Some crevasses' snow bridges looked a bit sketchy in the daylight, as we'll as some of the overhanging seracs. Snow began falling steadily as we were almost at the refuge around 0930h.


Jake - Jan 29, 2013 7:17 pm Date Climbed: Jan 29, 2013

Windy  Sucess!

Climbed with my friend Pedro from the car park. We left at 1am and reached the summit at 7am. It was windy and summit was in clouds but it was an amazing climb.


skyward22 - Jan 15, 2013 4:57 am Date Climbed: Jan 5, 2010

Cotopaxi  Sucess!

what an incredible mountain! summitted with Joe Miller after a cold, windy climb. no visibility on the summit. would love to go back and climb again in order to see the crater, etc. 10 hours from the high base camp to summit and back.


Cissa - Jan 10, 2013 5:01 pm Date Climbed: Jan 7, 2013

Lucky weather window  Sucess!

One of the worst seasons in Ecuador for climbing, with bad weather everywhere, but we were lucky to try to summit in a clear day, although windy all the time.

sunshine - Jan 1, 2013 7:52 pm Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2011

First Attempt

Very intense weather, turned back at 5500 feet. Would love to try again some day.


slychels04 - Dec 31, 2012 9:48 pm Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2012

Failed Attempt at Cotopaxi

My first mountain attempt with the aid of crampons and ice axe was not a successful one. Acclimating with Rucu Pichincha, Guagua Pichincha, and Iliniza Norte wasn't quite enough to get me ready for Cotopaxi. I turned around still in the dark at 17,400 ft. I never developed a headache on the climb it hit me later when back at the refuge.

pokie - Dec 19, 2012 6:09 pm Date Climbed: Feb 26, 2012

loose  Sucess!

Some fresh snowfall and wind made a few short traverses a pain, but not too bad.


jm141302 - Dec 10, 2012 9:51 am Date Climbed: Dec 9, 2012

Very Windy  Sucess!

Stayed in the refugio which was completely full. Some people had to sleep on the tables and benches downstairs. The wind was severe. Walking and standing were impossible at some points. Our group of 3 was the only group to get to the top that day. We started at 1:00 a.m., got to the top by 6:00 and returned at 9:30. Everything on us became covered in a thick layer of ice. We could only spend about 5 minutes on the summit. Not much of a view. The best part of the trip was meeting Erik Weihenmayer and the Soldiers to Summits team. First-class group and organization.


Bill562 - Nov 30, 2012 12:01 am Date Climbed: Nov 19, 2012

Coto - second time on summit  Sucess!

With Murad and Mike. No acclimatization - summited 57 hours after landing in Quito. The route was quite a bit different this time - primarily more icy, weather was better this time.


ajaysomani - Nov 29, 2012 3:21 pm Date Climbed: Nov 28, 2012

Normal Route  Sucess!

This was a second attempt after I abandoned the first time due to bad health a couple of days ago. Weather this time was great, completely clear and we even got to see the crater!


attimount - Nov 25, 2012 6:11 pm Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2012

Normal route

Unfortunately we had to turn back just about one hour from the summt due to tiredness. Great conditions, nice weather. Maybe next time.


jackroper - Aug 6, 2012 6:04 pm

Re: Rebuffed

You were there the same time we were. It was a tough week and few teams summited.


jackroper - Aug 6, 2012 6:03 pm Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2012

Cold....  Sucess!

We were shut down once on Cayambe and once on Cotopaxi on this trip. The weather was brutal. Our guide Billy from RMI got consensus from us to go on an all out sufferfest and push to the top in a final summit bid. It was tough but in the end we stood on top covered in an inch of rime ice. Good times.


logikal - Aug 6, 2012 3:02 pm Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2012

Wonderful Glacier  Sucess!

What a beautiful glacier! Great view from the top with little to no wind. Such a clear night we didnt have to turn on our headlamps once.


Bluebell08 - Jul 21, 2012 11:31 am Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2012

Standard route  Sucess!

Great climb, quite windy but clear other than some low clouds that still gave us decent views (but not of the crater). 7+ hours to the top, only about 2 hour decent. Snow conditions were very good, got a lucky break in the weather (that had included ice/snow/drizzle in the days prior) for a perfect climb and summit day.

stefbarsanti - Jul 2, 2012 9:13 am Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2012

windy ascent  Sucess!

Wow!!! What an incredible mission that was!! Others had told me that it was a reasonably straight forward climb, but the strong winds on Sunday morning made it a very tough ascent. The route was quite straight forward, had to jump over a few crevasses, but other than that, snow conditions were excellent, but strong winds really make this climb very challenging. Left the refugio at 1.15am and summited at 6.15am, exhausted, emotional, and very relieved. Thanks to my guide Nicholas, he is the man!!!

Viewing: 41-60 of 246
Return to 'Cotopaxi' main page