The beginning of the route was a little confusing and we ended up bushwacking over a ridge to get back on track...found a dead calf along the way :( The weather turned on us just as we reached the summit of Central and had to abort plans to climb Norte. We didn't have any nice views due to the weather, but that just made me notice more of the interesting and beautiful plants along the trail!
We started from the Laguna de Limpiopungo in the morning. It was a windy and cloudy day, so when I reached the summit it was a very cold summit. Cotopaxi was totally covered, so I couldn't see this mountain, but I saw a beautiful rainbow in the comeback.
Our original plan was to climb CENTRAL and NORTE on the same day but poor weather conditions forced us to scale down our objective. Visibility was very pour above 14,000ft and hail started coming down as soon as we reached the top of CENTRAL.
Fun acclimatization peak though!
I made a short youtube video of it, http://youtube.com/watch?v=MyJxKznYAzc
Easy, fun, gorgeous climb. I didnt have to pay extra for camping.
Started from Laguna de Limpiopungo at 12:30 pm. We took the trail that goes by the stream and gained altitude later by climbing up the ridge that ends at the base of the central peak.
It snowed during the whole approaching to the base of the peak and until we got to the summit 4,634 m (15,203 ft) at 4:00 pm.
Visibility was poor but the feeling of being up there with Paul, Rebeca (England), Alexandra (Germany) and Gustavo (Ecuador) was great.
Got back to the trailhead at Limpiopungo at 6:30 pm. Nice view of the mountain totally covered by snow.
Start at 0730 from laguna
Beautiful view on Cotopaxi and Ruminahui reflecting in the laguna
Summit at 1100
Cloudy , no view
Loose ground before the summit
Thunderstrom before reaching camp
The climb was a little adventure, because we didn't manage to find the correct path from the Laguna. The last about 300 meters to the top are no real fun because of the loose ground.
Climbed Ruminahui Norte from Laguna Limpiopungo. Took 4 hours to the top and 2 1/2 hours down. Lots of dirt, scree, and rock in the last gulley. Good acclimatization hike.
The lake is nothing to get excited about but the views from the top are great.
Returned to this mountain with Kirill from Russia. Made it to the summit of Norte in okay weather. I got some great photos and movies. And we saw lots of eagles in the park.
My son Thomas and I climbed Ruminahui Sur from our campsite (roughly 3900 m) about one km south of LimpioPongo. We followed the route described in Yossi Brain's book. The last part of the climb up the broad gully to the summit is unattractive due to the poor quality of the rock. Climbing this route with a large party would be hazardous. The summit is a single 3 to 4 meter spike of rock, which is not difficult because it is a knobby conglomerate.
We had climbed Ruminahjui Central the previous afternoon.