Ascent of Volcán Chimborazo on 2013-08-15

Climber: Rick Peterson

Date:Thursday, August 15, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Volcán Chimborazo
    Elevation:20561 ft / 6266 m

Ascent Trip Report

Summited after a rest day between Chimbo and Cotopaxi. This one is much further from Quito and takes a few hours to reach. Just like Coto the road is very good up to the Refugio Carrel with small cars easily making the parking lot. The Carrel was completely closed with renovations going on. My guide Abraham had to go in and ask the workers about the Refugio Whymper status since even he couldn't get good info about the renovation schedule up there. It had been said to be closed but it was still open to sleep and one caretaker stayed there with cooking available but no services like food,beds,toilets,etc. It is supposed to be closed completely in about a week to re-open hopefully for the Dec. climbing season. The climb is shorter than Coto to the upper Whymper hut and they were improving the trail at the time. As for the climb the way up to the Castillo is pretty straightforward weaving through the cliff bands and then up the ridge to the false Veintimilla summit. The glacier was not very broken up and the crevasses were quite small on this ridge. It hardly seemed necessary to have a rope. The going was rough in the effort area however with many bumps and furrows in the surface for the last couple thousand feet. With the 1300M elevation gain at this altitude it is a fatiguing climb. I did notice improvement in my own acclimitization after having done Coto a couple days prior. All in all a spectacularly large mountain with more effort than technical expertise necessary.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4429 ft / 1348 m
    Extra Gain:82 ft / 24 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Trailhead:Refugio Whymper  16296 ft / 4967 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Guide, Hut Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Clear
Clear and a bit windy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:7 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 

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