8 hours round trip from the parking lot. Lots of wind and no views due to clouds. Fun scrambling. The ´5.3´is high 4th class at best and can be soloed by anyone with technical climbing background and comfort with exposure.
Climbed with K'Ashem members from Guatemala (Deysi, Valesca, Alejandro and Ariel). Got to the top after 5 hours of leaving from the trailhead at La Virgen parking lot.
Extremelly windy at the top (5,126 m / 16,818 ft). It was hard to keep ourselves straight.
Got back to the parking lot by the north face in just one hour (6 hours RT from the parking lot).
Probably my last climb of Illiniza Norte of the year. I climbed from La Virgen parking lot with 6 Austrians. Very fast team, we left the trailhead at 5:45 am and got to the summit (5,126 m / 16,818 ft) at 9:45 am, 4 hours!
It snowed all the way up to the summit. I found I huge boulder that felt 3 days before the climb, injuring a guide and his client.
We headed back to the parking lot by the north face. (7 hours RT).
climbed with a german organized group from La Virgen. The direct descent through scree was fun!
Climbed with Coral (USA). Our hike started from La Virgen parking lot at 5:45 am. It rainned during the whole approaching to the refuge.
We started climbing from the refuge at 9:15 am. This time, it snowed during the approaching to the summit. A team from the Mountaineering Club of Caracas (Venezuela) almost kill us. They tried to climb straight up to the summit and threw three big rocks to the climbers below. Luckly nobody got hurt.
Got to the summit (5,126 m / 16,818 ft) after 1 and a half hours of leaving the refuge. A pretty fast climb.. I enjoyed it!
The mountain changed completely in minutes. Thick snow flakes covered Illiniza Norte and the trail.
The Venezuelan Team got lost on their way down from the summit. They got to the refuge just before sunset.
A great climb prior to our Illiniza Sur climb, the next day.
Climbed with 9 french climbers and with Rafael (ECU). Got to the summit after 5 hours of hiking from La Virgen.
Perfect weather. Conditions on the mountain were excellent, no snow at all.
There were three climbers descending the Illiniza Sur while we were at the summit. I would like to do that one next time.
Climbed with 5 germans, Bladimir and Jaime from Ecuador. Got to the summit (5,126 m / 16,818 ft) after 5 and a half hours of hiking and climbing.
Great weather. Didn't find any snow in the mountain. Illiniza Sur is loosing its glacier pretty fast. I studied the route up carefully from Illiniza Norte's top. I'm thinking to climb Sur as soon as I have an off day.
Second time to Illiniza to acclimatize for Cotopaxi. Took the normal route this time, with a quick break at the refuge.
Stayed at the Llovizna Lodge in El Chaupi and got a ride to the La Virgen trailhead. It was a very memorable climb. I was so happy to be on top of a mountain in Ecuador!
Climbed with Ben, Dan, Steve and Duncan (ENG). We started at 4:30 am from La Virgen Parking Lot.
Ben waited for us at the refuge while the rest of us pushed for the summit. A long day for me at work!.. it took us 9 hours to summit and to get back to the truck.
Windy and cloudy, but we were lucky to see the surroundings from the summit (5,126 m/16,818 ft), including Chimborazo to the south. The weather got better on the way down and the following days.
A little sketchier than expected...fun stuff! We climbed Illiniza Sur earlier that morning and it was pretty darn cool to get such a great look at the route we took up the mountain.
Horrible weather and a stomach flu combined to stop us from climbing Iliniza Norte during our time in El Chaupi. Made it to the ridge while looking for the refuge, but could not find it in the whiteout. Stomach flu stopped attempt 2 days later. Brutal weather in the Iliniza area for the week we were around Quilotoa Loop and El Chaupi. Will have to come back one day...
great climb!!! Had a good time on the way down till the thunderstorm rolled in. I can't wait to go back and repeat this climb.
climbed around june of 02 with hans and jon. no other climbers the whole time-just how we like it
Climbed Iliniza SUR, then NORTE (Normal Route) on the same day. NORTE is supposed to be snow free but there was a lot of fresh snow that day. We followed tracks to the summit, got to the top at around 2:00pm and down the same way. Snow got considerably softer on the way down that late in the day.
It was great to get this summit, perhaps the hike was hard for me. You can see the joy I felt in the shots of this album.
My first summit of the year!. Climbed with Antonio and Raquel from Spain. It snowed for a while. Got to the top (5,126 m/16,818 ft) after 5 hours of hiking from La Virgen parking lot. Nice views of Illiniza Sur.
This is a good mountain for acclimating. I thought it would take longer than just a few hours, so we relaxed at 16,000 feet or so for a while on the way down. Catching the bus to and from Machachi was a bit of a pain. Good mountain though.
A really neat mountain. We had to keep turning around to see if Sur would peak out of the clouds. It never did during our ascent. More or less climbed the standard route and descended the shortcut (we started from the La Virgen). We did have some nice views of Illiniza Sur on the descent!