Ascent of Volcán Cotopaxi on 2013-08-12

Climber: Rick Peterson

Date:Monday, August 12, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Volcán Cotopaxi
    Elevation:19347 ft / 5896 m

Ascent Trip Report

After two days acclimitization in Quito my guide Abraham from High Summits picked me up and we drove to the parking lot at 4600m in Cotopaxi National Park. Washboarded road but any car can easily handle the surface. The refugio was crowded with many week-end visitors and was quite lively. Meals were available and very good. We awoke at midnight to start at 1:00 am as one of the last groups out. The first part is a scree climb until the glacier is reached then from there the route winds around up and to the right. The glaciers are spectacular with many crevasses and seracs but most are negotiable with small steps or hops with one exception and there is a ladder there. The top after the main crevasse section is steep and arduous but everyone summited that day that I know of and that was around thirty. Conditions were perfect and everything went smoothly.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3773 ft / 1149 m
    Extra Gain:82 ft / 24 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Trailhead:Refugio Jose Rivas  15738 ft / 4796 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb, Aid Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Guide, Hut Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:6 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes

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