Hiking up an ash or pumice path to the hut. As you can see, the weather was once again not too good.
(l to r) Diana, Joey (front), and Jim
That's me with the red pack
The Jose Ribas hut (at about 15,750 feet)
The back of the hut later that afternoon (fresh snow and clouds)
The dining area. That's our stuff on the table to the right.
Part of the kitchen where the guides made dinner. That's Jim in the blue jacket.
Diana and me just prior to leaving for the climb at 1 a.m.
Hernan getting prepared
Several hours into the climb. That's Eva and Hernan.
Diana behind me on the rope
Finally on top after 6 1/2 hours. That's #2. Once again, though, absolutely no visibility
On the summit - (l to r) Diana, Eva, and Hernan
Close to the hut on our return we came across a fox out hunting. I was suprised to see him (or she) so high up on the mountain. This spot is around the 16,000 foot level.
Eva and I finally made it back at the hut. Joey (back to the camera) came back down with Jim after a few hours due to some problems Jim was having with a chest infection.
Me and Hernan a few minutes after returning to the hut
The best shot of Cotopaxi we had came the following morning from La Cienega. Still surrounded by clouds but at least part of it was visible. There is a large black spot near the center top of the mountain. This is the 400-foot rock wall Yanasacha. We approached from the left side, went to the right side of the rock wall, and then up to the summit.
The following pictures come from various sites on the web