Moonrise at Refugio Jose Rivas   34808
previous panorama
next panorama
Details / LabelsDetails / Labels Markers on / offMarkers on / off Overview on / offOverview on / off   
 Cycle through labels:   first previous stop
next last
  zoom out


1 Sincholagua 4893m
2 Cayambe 5796m
3 Antisana 5700m
4 Full moon


Location: Above Refugio Jose Rivas at volcano Cotopaxi (4820 m)      by: Wolfgang Schmähling
Area: Ecuador      Date: 25.01.2013
This is from the evening before climbing Cotopaxi. Most climbers, and there is quite a few of them, are staying at the refugio. Starting time is between 11pm and 2am depending on your estimated speed. For 1100 altitude meters average climbers take 5 to 7 hours. Inspite of getting strong diarrhoe I managed the trip in four hours with my guide. Of course I was proud, being the oldest and the fastest in that night. The disadvantage was, that we were up there at five and it was f***n cold and windy on the summit and I started shivering and couldn't manage to wait for sunrise, which would have been stunning, as it was almost clear, which is rare in this area. Anyway, walking up there through an amazing and bizarre glacier landscape in the moonlight (no headlamp needed!)was an incredible experience.
At sunset it was quite cloudy as you can see, yet the third and fourth highest peaks (Cayambe and Antisana) of Ecuador peeped out for a short while. Cotopaxi, where I'm standing, is number two and number one, Chimborazo, is invisible from my point of view.


2013/02/26 07:14 , Christoph Seger
Traumhaft, da musste ich jetzt sofort mal nach "Cotopaxi Besteigung" googeln...
2013/02/26 08:39 , Jens Vischer
Tolle Ecuador Serie, die Du uns da zeigst. VG Martin
2013/02/26 19:16 , Martin Kraus

Leave a comment

Wolfgang Schmähling


More panoramas

... in the vicinity  
... in the top 100