Monday, December 7, 2009

Illiniza Norte 5126m and Corazon 4788m

On the summit of Illiniza norte looking south to Illiniza Sur....200m higher ....a steep glacier climb up to 70-80 degrees in some sections.


mountains.href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_dUNFBa79vlA/Sx1UBO1grOI/AAAAAAAAEAs/XJU8Ea5CxHc/s1600-h/IMGP4984.JPG">Up to the refuge between the two
Route follows ridge to the right.

Illiniza sur



Cotopaxi in the early morning.
looking back on Illiniza norte and sur the next morning.
Corazon...for it's supposed heart shape....the objective for the day.
Lobo de Paramo....Alpine wolf track



A family with two young kids being guided up...beats TV any day.

Local rancher
Painting of Cotopaxi

Some awesome scrambling over the weekend! Iliniza Norte, which I’d climbed 14 years ago, is 5126m with an 1100m vertical gain and Corazon, at 4788m and a 900m vertical gain. Both are only an hour or so out of Quito along the Avenue of Volcanoes. Went with Javier Herrera who is a guide and owner of: http://andeanface.com/company.htm#directors (Interesting to read about the wide array of experience the guides have) A top notch organization.

Javier wanted to scout out a new route on Corazon and meet the new caretaker of the hut on Illiniza. While we were climbing, his guides would call him from other peaks, letting him know that they had summited Cotopaxi with 4 clients and were on route on others etc. Odd to be in contact with climbers on other mountains with such ease. Great to make a new friend with whom I have much in common…...young family (Ramon will be joining his son Inti, in Nursery in January), running, cycling (he’s 7 time national road champion and gold medal winner in the pan am games for Ecuador) and of course, our love of the mountains. I'm sure looking forward to many more climbs here in Ecuador! Any frozen Calgarians want to join us?

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