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Ascent of Nevado del Ruiz on 2009-02-13

Climber: Ken Jones

Date:Friday, February 13, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Nevado del Ruiz
    Location:Colombia
    Elevation:5311 m / 17425 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Nevado del Ruiz is relatively easy once you get to the parking lot. In fact, in good weather I could solo it and be done in 4 hours or so, round-trip.

However, you're not allowed on the mountain without a local guide, and you're supposed to arrange one in advance. There is a fair amount of bureaucracy involved. Getting to Los Nevados national park from Bogota also involves slow highways that seem to be blocked by slides and traffic accidents on a regular basis - we sat waiting for the traffic lanes to be cleared for at least an hour in each direction.
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