Ascent of Cerro Chirripó on 2006-12-13

Climber: Jan Triska

Date:Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Taxicab
Peak:Cerro Chirripó
    Location:Costa Rica
    Elevation:3819 m / 12530 ft

Ascent Trip Report

A three day trip up and down Costa Rica's highest mountain (and Central America's second highest). Chirripo fits more into the category of big adventure hikes rather than straight-forward mountain climbs. It features a 2,300 m elevation gain from the base of the hike, and it takes one through about four or five distinct vegetation zones. I absolutely loved the cloud forest, as well as the summit plateau grasslands.
-Stayed 2 nights up on the mountain, in the Crestones Hut. Also added a side hike up the Cerro Crestones pinnacle, to see the otherworldly limestone rocks there.
-Weather was so-so, befitting a humid tropical country. I had very limited summit views but experienced very good views on my 3rd day, the descent day.
Highly recommended to all trekkers!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2300 m / 7546 ft
    Elevation Loss:2300 m / 7546 ft
    Grade/Class:Class 1, more of a h
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Hut Camp
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2300 m / 7546 ft
    Route:standard trekking route
    Trailhead:1519 m / 4984 ft
    Time Up:1 Days 4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2300 m / 7546 ft
    Route:same as ascent
    Trailhead:1519 m / 4984 ft
    Time Down:1 Days 

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