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Ascent of Sincholagua on 2009-09-05

Climber: Felipe Meneses

Others in Party:Carolina Meneses
Maria Jose Hidalgo
Juan Pablo Ribadeneira
Ricardo Luque
Felipe Meneses.
Date:Saturday, September 5, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Sincholagua
    Location:Ecuador
    Elevation:16010 ft / 4879 m

Ascent Trip Report

Sunny day! Lots of wind as it is very common in between august and september. Win speed was about 10.8m/s at the start. In the most exposed area reached eventually at blows up to 77.7km/h almost making us fly, but to summit the Mountain you must come from the west to the North east. There are variables on the way because it can be done from the west to the south east but all trails meet at the north face of the mountain were is protected by the wind. it becomes an scramble and the last part before the summit a hard scramble. Helmets are needed and you probably want to use a rope and devices for safety in this last part (especially going down) There is very loose rock here. Tecnically you can drive up to 4000m after some ofroad and river crosing or a easy drive if you go from the hacienda Patichibamba de Lasso.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3707 ft / 1128 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4363 ft / 1328 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.5 mi / 10.4 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb
    Gear Used:
Rope
    Weather:Cool, Extremely Windy, Clear
Little clouds on the summit
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3379 ft / 1029 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2887 ft / 880 m; Extra: 492 ft / 149m
    Loss on way in:492 ft / 149 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:El Turco to Summit
    Start Trailhead:Aove el Turco  13123 ft / 3999 m
    Time:3 Hours 3 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3871 ft / 1179 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3543 ft / 1080 m; Extra: 328 ft / 99m
    Gain on way out:328 ft / 99 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:Summit to El Turco
    End Trailhead:Above el Turco   12467 ft / 3799 m
    Time:3 Hours 0 Minutes



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