Cotopaxi, Ecuador

22.1. - 25.2.2002

On the 4th of February 2002 the four of us set out to conquer Cotopaxi - One of the worldest highest active volcanoes at 5897 meters above sea level....

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Quito and Volcanoe Cotopaxi (5897m) in the background.


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Collecting equipment at Quito. Starting the climb to the refuge at 4600 meters.

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We rested at the refuge, 4800 meters, until midnight... ... and started the climb in the middle of the night...

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... light snowfall and pretty dark... ... getting the crampons on at the glacier, 5000 meters.

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...morning at 5400 meters, almost at the top... ... cloud level was below us...

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Had to cross this beautiful crevasse!


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Rope, axe and me (the others had to give up)... ... steepness of ascent about 45 degrees and above...

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5th of February 2002 - on top of Cotopaxi 5897 meters !!!!!


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Top of the world ... ... the crater just behind me and the flags...
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Views on the way. Chimborazo in the skyline.


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The crater of the volcanoe on top of Cotopaxi. More crevasses...

An unforgettable experience! 7 hours of climbing from 4800 meters to 5897 meters. Countless litres of water, sweat and shortness of breath. The reward was an unbelievable "top of the world" experience and amazing views! It only took 1 hour and 15 minutes to get down... and to sleep.


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