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bcrowell2fun  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 8, 2014
Fun climb of the Arista del Sol route with Rich Kim. Day hike from Altzomoni. Seems to me that the crux on this route is the "knees" -- we found these confusing to navigate through, and ended up sketched out in a couple of places. A scenic and varied route.
Posted Jan 12, 2014 3:46 pm

Kevintheclimberglorious climb   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 25, 2013


a great acclimatization climb for orizaba. Encountered a lot more snow that we expected, but posed no problems. Generally an enjoyable and non technical climb/hike in the high altitude
Posted Dec 27, 2013 11:36 pm

vanman798November 30, 2013  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 30, 2013


Dropped off at La Joyita, November 29, 2013. Spent the evening at the run down hut, "slept" on the picnic table. Hiking by 3:00 am. Got to hut by 6:00 am, and summit by 10:15 am. Returned to La Joya by 3:30 pm. Scenic hiked. No need for crampons or axe.
Posted Dec 4, 2013 10:20 pm

DebLa Arista del Sol  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 23, 2013


Cold with lots of low clouds, then eventual graupel pummeling on descent. I truly enjoyed doing most of this volcano solo and passing lots of men. HAHA! More fun than Orizaba for sure! "Easy" day hike with great snow conditions, never even put on crampons but I saw plenty of guys who did.
Posted Nov 30, 2013 9:39 pm

yadahzoemtnWindy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 3, 2007


Sporting the biggest shiner ever. I was sprinting to get out of the way of a rolling rock, fell face down and came up with one big bad black eye.
Posted Sep 15, 2013 9:14 am

B-GroomsSuccess  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 13, 2013


This was my first summit on a trip climbing Ixtaccihuatl and El Pico de Orizaba in 9 days. Great climb, a lot different than Orizaba, nice approach to high camp at 15,000 ft. Beautiful country, got acclimated on a hike and sleep at 10,000 ft two nights before on La Malinche. Great climb. Popo was giving a show the entire time with rumbling and smoke throughout the days.
Posted Mar 23, 2013 11:55 pm

ncstSolo up Ayoloco glacier  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 9, 2012


Took the bus Saturday morning from Puebla to Cholula, from there the combi to Xalixintla. After walking for an hour with some pilgrims (they walk to Basilica Guadelupe in Mexico city) I got a ride to paso de cort├ęs. Then walked to La Joyita (2h), from there to the refugio a the bottom of the glacier (5h). Next morning up the glacier on to the summit (3h), down the arista del sol. Lots of people on the mountain, great weather, great shots of Popos fumarolas.
Posted Dec 12, 2012 2:06 pm

donutslayerGreat climb  Sucess!


I managed to the volcano after talking a few students from Cuenavaca to rent a car with me. Everyone hiked up to the hut and I went on to the summit the following morning. It was a great climb with a beautiful night skyline of DF's lights.
Posted Nov 14, 2012 2:55 pm

jmarkhamIztaccihuattl  Sucess!


Fantastic last climb of the three big volcanoes including Popo and Orizaba. We had to fast head down to avoid lightning from an incoming storm.
Posted Nov 14, 2012 2:22 pm

Dariadel Sol  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 22, 2011


Bad case of altitude sickness, but managed to pull through. Very pretty place. Climbed before Orizaba
Posted Sep 22, 2012 2:36 pm

Matt LemkeLa Arista del Sol  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 17, 2012

Matt Lemke

Took 3 days...packed into the Grupo de los Cien hut and camped. Climbed to the summit and camped again before heading out. After Pico de Orizaba this peak was easy lol!
Posted Mar 21, 2012 12:52 am

cabLa Arista del Sol  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 29, 2012


Left the Grupo de los Cien hut at 2am under cloudless and windless skies. The routefinding up to the knees was a little tricky in the dark, but not too bad - just look for paint marks and cairns. We used crampons and axes right from the hut.

From the knees the route was relatively straightforward although we were breaking trail since no one had been up since the last storm.

I really enjoyed this climb since it's so different than the standard volcano slog for thousands of feet up a snowfield or glacier. Great views of the city lights on the way up and the sunrise from the summit. This was our second climb of the trip after La Malinche and before Pico de Orizaba.
Posted Mar 5, 2012 3:06 pm

mreiter1Success  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2008


Standard Route
Posted Dec 11, 2011 2:00 pm

huntersleeLong Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 1, 2010


Great views of Popo and of Orizaba in the morning. We were a little ambitious with our aclimatization so by the time we completed the traverse we all had symptons of altitude sickness...good learning experience for all. We should have stayed at the hut but opted to do the longer trek from the parking lot, hence we had a 17 hour day.
Posted Oct 23, 2011 10:52 pm

BrianChase La Arista del Sol


just shy of summit.... popo was smoking away in the early dawn, just amazing
Posted Aug 22, 2011 4:56 pm

jckLa Arista del Sol  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 20, 2011


After few days on Orizaba climbing Ixta was a kind of pleasure. Hiked from Paso de Cortez up to 4600 meters and camped in a tent below the hut. Next day climbed to the top as the first climbers that day: nice views, very strong wind (made my camera frozen).
Not knowing which one is the highest climbed all the three possible 'true' summits.
Got drunk in Amecameca that day.
Climbed with Radek (brade).
Posted Mar 23, 2011 7:28 pm

DeschampsFirst 5000er!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 14, 2010


This Volcano is amazing, nothing like other volcanos or mountains! When you are approaching you can truly see the shape of the sleeping woman (the true meaning of Iztaccihuatl is "White Woman"). I got some AMS because of the change of altitude. We drove all night from Monterrey City which is at 500mts AMSL (and about 1000km away) and by 7pm of the next day we were camping at 4,700mts AMSL so I got the head ache of my life, had to drink a lot of water and relax with the beautiful sight of Puebla at night. By 5am we started walking to the summit and got there at 10:30am, there was barely no ice on the way, just a few meters on the "belly" glacier but it has almost no slope (our guide didn't even wore crampons...). It's a shame that this glacier it's almost gone, if I ever have sons I would love to take them there but I'm afraid there won't be any ice left.
Posted Feb 3, 2011 4:15 pm

logikalA New Year  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 7, 2011


A beautiful day with great friends. This was part of a new years assault on the Mexican volcanoes from Dec. 30 - Jan 10. This was the last of the 4 volcanoes we targeted on the trip. It took us roughly 12.5 hours as we got lost above the Grupo los Cien hut during the night and winded up on some class 4 and lower class 5 terrain. Needless to say we were relieved once we found the regular route after some sketchy climbing on loose rock high up on the knees.
Posted Jan 11, 2011 9:23 am

tb00957Iztaccihuatl  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 23, 2010
Great view. Stayed overnight at the hut at 15k. Makes the summit easier. Still a long way on the ridge.
Posted Nov 28, 2010 3:36 pm

grahamIzta hike via Hut #19  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 9, 2010


Hiked up & down the standard route via Las Ciens hut 19 (between the feet and the 1st knee). Took us about 12 hours for the around trip from the radio/TV station hostel. Beautiful views!
Posted Nov 17, 2010 5:23 pm

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