Cotopaxi Express Dispatch #4

Cotopaxi Express Dispatch #4

Successful Summit of Cotopaxi!

I am happy to report that on Thursday night/Friday morning, 7 out of our 9 team members reached the summit of Cotopaxi. After a few days of acclimatization and training on Ruminahui and then the glacier on Cotopaxi, our group made the successful summit push in good style, reaching the summit in just over 8 hours from the parking lot.

Due to the Jose Ribas hut being closed for construction, our group elected to camp and make a single push from the parking lot – making for an over 4000′ summit day. Coupled with the high winds on that day, it made for a challenging yet rewarding climb of Cotopaxi (19,348′). Way to go everyone!

More stories and a full post-trip report coming soon. In the meantime, enjoy the pictures!!

Training on the lower slopes of Cotopaxi

Training on the lower slopes of Cotopaxi

Our team finishing up a great day of training on Cotopaxi

Our team finishing up a great day of training on Cotopaxi

Our camp and tents prior to the summit climb.

Our camp and tents prior to the summit climb.

The impressive Crater Rim of Cotopaxi.

The impressive Crater Rim of Cotopaxi.

7/9 climbers reached the summit of Cotopaxi (19,348') after over 4000' of climbing!

7/9 climbers reached the summit of Cotopaxi (19,348′) after over 4000′ of climbing!

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