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.
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.
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 :/
Cold but made it...amazing
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.
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.
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.
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.
Very intense weather, turned back at 5500 feet. Would love to try again some day.
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.
Some fresh snowfall and wind made a few short traverses a pain, but not too bad.
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.
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.
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!
Unfortunately we had to turn back just about one hour from the summt due to tiredness. Great conditions, nice weather. Maybe next time.
You were there the same time we were. It was a tough week and few teams summited.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!