Pico Duarte Trip Report (#8268)
- Signed By: Ron Parrott
- Date submitted: June 19, 2000
- Date(s) climbed: 14th & 15th May 1998
Quite an adventure just reaching the trail head from my holiday resort, amazing roads and equally amazing driving!! Two-day ascent and descent, trekking with back-pack. Solo, but teamed up with a German guy I met at La Cienaga. We summitted early the first evening (sadly, no summit views though) and spent the night at La Compartacion (rats were quite noisy). Under way at 0500hrs the next morning, before the real heat of the day. At about 4,000 metres I had a nasty fall and managed to break three ribs. The rest of the descent was a nightmare, as was the return trip to my resort. I bitterly remember every bump on that road!! I spent the remainder of my holiday in great pain but it didn't spoil my memories of a beautiful mountain and a great couple of days. Would I do it again?? Of course I would!