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Monster5summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 22, 2012


Thanksgiving climb (date might be off). Trail runner conditions.
Posted Nov 9, 2014 6:29 pm

Ted BauerGreat Mountain
Date Climbed: Apr 24, 2014

Ted Bauer

Made it to the top of the knees before storm clouds came in and we decided to go down. Safety first, but I am still kicking myself for not pushing on.
Posted Apr 30, 2014 5:53 pm

KieferWalking Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 8, 2014


...with Sarah and Senad.
Posted Feb 19, 2014 1:17 pm

SenadRLa Arista del Sol  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 8, 2014


Iztaccihuatl climb were more than i expected, beautiful day with good friends, and weather was fantastic too. Second time in Mexico and another great trip.
Posted Feb 12, 2014 10:34 pm

Sarah SimonLa Arista del Sol  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 8, 2014

Sarah Simon

We got a nice 01:30 start from the La Joya TH. Some steep going once past the higher hut. The sunrise toward Orizaba, Sierra Negra and La Malinche was pretty amazing - even if the blood-red hue was due to air pollution. This mountain serves up more "bang for the buck" than I thought! I had a great time and was good and tired by the time I got to the hotel in Mexico City.
Posted Feb 10, 2014 11:02 am

Cloud OceanA long but gorgeous hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 12, 2012

Cloud Ocean

Climbed over two days, with an overnight at the Grupo de los Cien hut. The hike was long and lovely, with no wind, clear skies, and fantastic views of Popo and Orizaba. A wonderful red/orange sunrise illuminated Orizaba and bathed Izta in glowing colors. Very memorable and highly recommended.
Posted Jan 30, 2014 2:11 pm

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

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