Ascent of Volcán Cotopaxi on 2018-11-06

Climber: Alex Lennon

Others in Party:kari cieszkiewicz
Date:Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Volcán Cotopaxi
    Elevation:19347 ft / 5896 m

Ascent Trip Report

Kari and I lucked out hard with the weather, and topped out under near-perfect conditions. Above us the skies remained blue, while below all the major volcanoes were poking out of a low cloud layer that seemed to blanket all of Ecuador. We had amazing views of Chimborazo, Antisana, Cayambe, and the Illinizas. Even the three southern volcanoes- Tungurahua, El Altar, and Sangay- were in full display. Cotopaxi's own crater was astoundingly massive in person- pictures don't remotely do it justice. We were very happy to have avoided the more unpleasant effects of high altitude, as our only acclimatization had been two ascents of Rucu Pichincha several days prior. Other than some fluctuating headaches before and after (but not during) the climb, we were feeling good all day. We made excellent time, leaving the refugio just before midnight and topping out at 6am. This was also our first time climbing with a guide, and I'll admit that even though I much prefer to climb unguided normally, it was nice to have one here. Our guide had climbed the peak over 300 times and was a wealth of knowledge. Needless to say, climbing Cotopaxi was awesome in every sense of the word.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4255 ft / 1296 m
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Guide, Hut Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4255 ft / 1296 m
    Route:Ruta Normal
    Start Trailhead:15092 ft / 4600 m
Descent Statistics

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