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Re: International - Where to climb?

Postby Scott P » Sun Feb 15, 2009 1:14 pm

Does anyone have information on climbing / hiking in Costa Rica?? I would like to do a five day trip


You can spend five days in the Cordillera Talamanca if you climb several peak there:

http://www.summitpost.org/area/range/179776/Cordillera-Talamanca.html

Everyone climbs Chirripo, but there are several other peaks worthwhile. I climbed Chirripo, Ventisqueros and Terbi on a four day trip, but there are other peaks you can climb there as well. Here is info on the peaks I climbed on a four day trip:

http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock/152390/cerro-ventisqueros.html

http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock/152391/crestones-cerro-terbi.html

http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock/150327/cerro-chirripo.html

On the same hike you can also head to other seldom visited peaks such as Cerro Uran, Loma Larga, or Cerro Laguna or even hike across Cerro Uran to Rio Blanco and easily spend five days doing so.
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Re: International - Where to climb?

Postby Motown Mike » Sun Feb 15, 2009 1:44 pm

Thanks for the info on Climbing in Costa Rica. It is most helpful.
Three questions if you have the time.
1. Are the trails well marked?
2. Is English widely spoken in the area of the National Park?
3. Summitt Post says that it gets HOT after 10am... even at 12,000'??

Once again thanks ...

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Re: International - Where to climb?

Postby Scott P » Sun Feb 15, 2009 5:59 pm

1. Are the trails well marked?


Chirripo yes, the others I climbed had less used trails, but I could still follow them fine. Loma Larga and Cerro Laguna have no marked trail.

2. Is English widely spoken in the area of the National Park?


Not really.

3. Summitt Post says that it gets HOT after 10am... even at 12,000'??


It's not very hot at that altitude, but at that latitude and elevation you can get sunburned very quickly.
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Re: International - Where to climb?

Postby Motown Mike » Fri Feb 20, 2009 10:19 am

Scott... thanks for your info... it was most helpful... Cerro Chirripo looks like a great hike. I have booked a flight and done the rest of the stuff... does anyone have info regarding a Costa Rica Topo that can be down loaded to my Garmin HCX??? I have rented a car the Garmin might also be useful in finding my way to the hotel I have booked.
Any other info regarding Chirripo would be much appreciated... you can post or send PM. This is a great resourch and I appreciate your response.

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Re: Cerro Chirripo - Parque National Chirripo CR

Postby Motown Mike » Sun Mar 15, 2009 4:19 pm

Scott P... Thanks again for the Info... It appears that there are some good things about a bad economy...we flew down to San Jose (brother-in-law) and did the hike... we got our permits on day one and were on the mountain on the same day. I threw a trip report out there. Tourism in CR is really down. We were one of five to go to the summit on Thursday, March 5. The huts are amazing and the people friendly. We even had a couple days on the Pacific Coast before we had to return to the States.

It was a very cool climb with a little over two weeks in planning from inception to summit...

Thanks
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Re: International - Where to climb?

Postby Athos791 » Sun Mar 15, 2009 6:52 pm

So I thought I would give an update.. My tentative plans for this summer are to head to Bolivia for two+ weeks. We plan to climb two peaks while we are there, and should be pretty awesome. I had a question for anyone who has climbed there however. What did you do for acclimation? It seems kinda tough seeing as how La Paz is at about 13,000 and the airport is at 14,000 ft. Did you just spend four days or even more in La Paz before heading into the mountains?
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Re: International - Where to climb?

Postby jrbren_vt » Sun Mar 15, 2009 7:19 pm

Hi Luke,

I have never been to Bolivia but did study it a couple of years back when I was considering a trip there.
I opted for a different trip but this still interests be down the road.
There are several good references on Bolivia, if you do not have this book yet, check out

Bolivia, A Climbing Guide by Yossi Brain
http://www.amazon.com/Bolivia-Climbing- ... 089886495X

It looks like it is a good idea to play tourist for about a week before beginning anything strenuous.
Lake Titicaca appears popular. When I went to India 2 years ago to trek and climb Stok Kangri (6120 meters)
we flew into Leh at about 11,000 feet. We spent the first 4-5 days there playing tourist, visiting monastaries,
went for a jeep ride to a high pass to see the Karakoram. I still got sick, but that was food poisoning, not altitude.
Others did a rafting trip on the Indus while me and a couple others in my group were sick.

Even if you are not going guided, you can get a good idea of an agressive but doable itinerary for someone coming from sea level from their public itineraries on the web. (consider their business needs are that they offer the most mountain for the minimum required vacation time without making everyone sick so they will get word of mouth business in the future). Here are 3 examples of US or UK guide services I consider reputable:

http://www.jagged-globe.co.uk/exp/itine ... -itinerary
http://www.alpineascents.com/bolivia-dtd.asp
http://www.mountainguides.com/bolivia-itin.shtml

This could be a guideline.

I also recommend this DVD for fun:
https://www.posingproductions.com/produ ... oduct_id=7

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Re: International - Where to climb?

Postby Athos791 » Sun Mar 22, 2009 8:18 pm

John,
thanks for the informative post! I've heard La Paz has some fun things to do, so figure I would spend about a 5+ days around there so I can adjust to the altitude. Lake Titicaca is gorgeous, thanks for mentioning it.
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