Ascent of Cerro Chirripó on 2014-12-17

Climber: Sean Caulfield

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Bus
Peak:Cerro Chirripó
    Location:Costa Rica
    Elevation:12530 ft / 3819 m

Ascent Trip Report

There is a new permit process (since July 2014), which is really annoying. See the wikitravel page for details. I started the hike at 8am from the Roca Dura hotel, opposite the bus station in San Gerardo. Was at the trailhead in about 20minutes, then the Creystones lodge just over 5hours later. The early part of the trail was very muddy, not helped by all the pack horses being marched up & down to supply the lodge. For the money you pay the trail should really be improved.

After overnighting in the Creystones lodge I set off early the following morning - it took me about 1hr 30mins to walk the remaining 5.1km to the summit. It was cold at the top, but we had a great sunrise - clear to the Pacific side, sea of clouds to the Caribbean side.

The descent took just over 4hours, not including stopping in Creystones again to collect the rest of my stuff & to eat breakfast. While the sunrise was great, I sort of wish I had done this in one day & saved myself a lot of money & time hanging out at Creystones (it rained heavily in the afternoon of the first day, no point in hiking anywhere).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:8134 ft / 2479 m
    Round-Trip Distance:26.1 mi / 42 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Hut Camp
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:8134 ft / 2479 m
    Distance:13 mi / 21 km
    Route:Started at bus stop in San Gerardo
    Start Trailhead:4396 ft / 1339 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:13 mi / 21 km
    Route:Reverse of route up
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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