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Ascent of Volcán Chiles on 2009-08-02

Climber: Felipe Meneses

Others in Party:Andres Aulestia
Juan Pablo Ribadeneira
Roberto Marcel
Baku (DOG)
Date:Sunday, August 2, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Volcán Chiles
    Location:Colombia/Ecuador
    Elevation:15577 ft / 4747 m

Ascent Trip Report

The most difficult part is to get there. 1 Day to get there from Quito. No reference in climbing guides, very few people if any to direct you to the start point. To get there from the Ecuadorian territory you must get to Tulcan (big city)from there is 18km to Tufino (ask directions) from Tufino we drove to Aguas Hediondas were road finishes and there is only hot springs and a tent could be pitched to stay there. Temperature is cold and moist. Next Day we drove back to the road Tufino maldonado and heded to the latter. Eventualy there is a sign after some lakes called Lagunas Verdes that says Volcan Chiles. There you leave the car and begin the walk. Aparently there is a very spartan refuge (quite dirty and abandoned but works)follow trail until it dissapears bordering some wetlands. Then just follow the rock piles to the summit. Summit could be mistaken with 2 previous peaks if is to foggy so keep on following the piles of rocks. There are no trails and everything is rock so is hard to pick up some tracks... is Advisable to bring a GPS. The vegetation lower down is one of the highlight of the Trip is a big plant called Frailejon from the genera Espeletia.
Bring Rope and Helmet
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2372 ft / 722 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2372 ft / 721 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.7 mi / 6 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Drizzle, Cold, Extremely Windy
13m/s wind speed at the start very fogy and poor visibility (25mts radius). not rainy but wet
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2372 ft / 722 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2290 ft / 698 m; Extra: 82 ft / 24m
    Loss on way in:82 ft / 24 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3 km
    Route:Cueva de Botas to Summit
    Start Trailhead:Road Tulcan-Maldonado, Ecuador  13287 ft / 4049 m
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2290 ft / 697 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3 km
    Route:Summit to Cueva de Botas
    End Trailhead:Road Tulcan-Maldonado  13287 ft / 4049 m
    Time:1 Hours 32 Minutes



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