Ascent of Volcán Cotopaxi on 2013-08-12
|Date:||Monday, August 12, 2013|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||4x4 Vehicle|
| Elevation:||5896 m / 19347 ft|
Ascent Trip ReportAfter two days acclimitization in Quito my guide Abraham from High Summits picked me up and we drove to the parking lot at 4600m in Cotopaxi National Park. Washboarded road but any car can easily handle the surface. The refugio was crowded with many week-end visitors and was quite lively. Meals were available and very good. We awoke at midnight to start at 1:00 am as one of the last groups out. The first part is a scree climb until the glacier is reached then from there the route winds around up and to the right. The glaciers are spectacular with many crevasses and seracs but most are negotiable with small steps or hops with one exception and there is a ladder there. The top after the main crevasse section is steep and arduous but everyone summited that day that I know of and that was around thirty. Conditions were perfect and everything went smoothly.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||1148 m / 3773 ft|
| Extra Gain:||24 m / 82 ft|
| Distance:||8 km / 5 mi|
| Trailhead:||Refugio Jose Rivas 4796 m / 15738 ft|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb, Aid Climb|
| Gear Used:||Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Guide, Hut Camp|
| Nights Spent:||1 nights away from roads|
| Weather:||Cold, Calm, Clear|
| Time Up:||6 Hours 30 Minutes|
| Time Down:||2 Hours 30 Minutes|
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