Nevado del Ruiz Trip Report (#6682)
- Signed By: Jose
- Date submitted: August 25, 2004
- Date(s) climbed: 08/12/04
Unfortunately, I did not make it to the summit and left Colombia with eyes salivating for what they could have seen. Apparently the winds brought everyone down before I could make it up and a member of the tour group got sick. I have however sensational memories of my short 30 minute climb just about 70 - 100 yards from where the tour SUV was parked. The altitude strained my body for every last bit of oxygen it could find as I had to stop every 10 paces or so to catch my breath. When we finally stopped for a look I was awestruck at the beatifully symetric volcanic peak to our right. I also found the sensation of having sprinted for 2 blocks despite my having only walked 10 paces quiet a novelty. As we walked back down I could not help but to feel this to be only the beggining of the hintings of a passion to satiate my desire to see this summit and many more.