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Ascent of Cerro Chirripó on 2011-04-27

Climber: Bo Saunders

Others in Party:Arax Corn
Date:Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cerro Chirripó
    Location:Costa Rica
    Elevation:12530 ft / 3819 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was an outstanding hike. It was long but I enjoyed it thoroughly. Arax and I took a photo at every km marker. The trail was muddy, rain forest changed over to a more tundra landscape. Some areas looked burnt. Very dry up around Crestones. Great trail conditions up top. Steep final climb. Windy, chilly, misty clouds on summit. Clouds rolled in as we were leaving but burned off quickly. Warm and sunny at Crestones. Fast going for first few km's down. Once we got down to around the 10 km marker, the trail was much muddier as we entered rain forest again. At 7 km marker, stopped to eat PBJ's and rain started and never really stopped. Hiked along with Peace Corp volunteers Morgan and Chamisa. Heavy rain between km's 4 and 1. We were drenched. Very muddy, slow going. Arax fell towards the end, I nearly fell several times. Basically mud skating at the end, altho rain decided to stop when we finally arrived down around Casa Mariposa.
Route: South Slopes from Crestones Lodge; San Gerardo, Costa Rica
Start: 5:00am (Apr 26 2011)
Cloudbridge hike: 2 hours and 20 minutes
Start Chirripo Trailhead: 7:20am
Arrive Crestones Lodge: 3:00pm (3721m)
Depart Crestones: 3:20am (Apr 27 2011)
Summit: 5:20am
Depart Summit: 5:50am
Arrive Crestones: 7:35am
Depart Crestones: 8:05am
Finish: 2:25pm
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:7543 ft / 2299 m
    Round-Trip Distance:24.9 mi / 40 km
    Route:South Slopes from Crestones Lodge
    Trailhead:Casa Mariposa  4987 ft / 1520 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Hut Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy
We experienced all types of weather and all types of climates
Ascent Statistics
    Time:9 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:8 Hours 5 Minutes



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