Taking the last few steps to the summit was exhilerating. There's just something about those last steps when the views open up into a 360 degree panorama. It was a perfect ending to my trip to Mexico and one more step towards reaching higher elevations. I hope to be going to Aconcagua in a not-too-distant future!
Espolón de Oro up / Jamapa down Date Climbed: Feb 14, 2003
I hiked in to Piedra Grande from Hidalgo and spent the night with four others. Around 02:30 the next morning I was off, but in hindsight I should have slept in.
I got off route in the dark and blew a good four hours in the scree on the side of the sarcofago. After sunup I was appalled at my stupidity. I eventually made my way back to the trail but it was late and my legs were tired already.
But I pushed on to the summit. It was a long day for me but well worth it. Beautiful views and I had the climb and summit to myself. I found a bit larger crevasses on El Espolon de Oro (two 10-12 inch-sized ones) so on the way down I trended right following the standard route.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe