The problem with climbing Chirripo in a day has nothing to do with the complexity of the trail. When we decided to hike from San Gerardo to the top of the tallest point in Central America, there was nothing that could prepare us for the challenges that lay ahead. Here’s the story.
Chirripo in a Day
Written documentation of the day trip will go here.
Elevation Gain Comparisons for Understanding
The elevation gain of this hike is about 2,470 meters.
Hiking from San Gerardo de Rivas (1350 meters), Costa Rica to the summit of Cerro Chirripo (3,820 meters), is the elevation gain equivalent of:
- Climbing the Eiffel Tower (300 meters) 8.2 times
- Climbing the Freedom Towers (541 meters) in New York 4.5 times
- Climbing from the town of Mammoth California to the top of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area then climbing down 1/3 of the mountain and back to the top.
- Hiking from Reno, NV (1,374 meters) to the top of Mount Rose (2,716 meters), then doing it again.
Planning the Chirripo Hike
- Hotel Casa Mariposa – I’d like to stay here as it appears to be a place that is right next to the trailhead.
- Register to Climb Chirripo – The Costa Rican Government Website
- Carrera Chirripo – A February event in which Ticos race to Chirripo basecamp and back
Chirripo Hiking Stories
- Costa Rican Couple – They did it in a few days. Good tips on enjoying the time while staying at basecamp
- James Kaiser on Hiking Chirripo – One of the first articles I read about Chirripo
- Ascent of Cerro Chirripo – One hiker who wished he had done it in a single day. Includes an excellent map of the hike.
Stories of Chirripo in a Day
- They Said it Couldn’t be Done – A quality tale of someone doing it in a day.
- Our Epic Fail – A very funny article about a 3 person group who failed the one day hike.
- Done in One Day – Trip Advisor reviews about doing it in a day
- Contributing to the Problem – A detailed, analytic account. This blog post is one of the more useful blogs when I was in my planning stage.
- Highpointers at MIT – A blog more focused on logistics, but these guys did it in about 7 hours from 5 pm to just after midnight.