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Yulia ZiBlazing the trail on Izta  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 18, 2016

Yulia Zi

The three of us hiked from the La Joyita and were lucky to have the hut to ourselves (standard route). The lights from Mexico City through the windows of the hut were a fantastic treat as we anxiously set for the night.

Alpine start at 3am and we slowly, but surely made it to the top of Izta after the sunrise and were the only one to summit that day. Izta saw an unusual amount of snow this year, so we found ourselves blazing the trail through the somewhat deep snow passed the false summits. And at 17,000+, boy, does it make a difference. Even flat areas took some effort to leave behind.

Was cold during the night and we were melting under the strong sun on the glacier on the way back all the way to the La Joyita.

Was this worth it? Every step, every heavy breath, every cold finger. Must climb for all!

Summit Equipment: crampons, ice axe, helmet, head lamp, 2L of water, one trekking pole.
Posted Nov 30, 2016 12:46 am

gordonyeLa Arista del Sol  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 26, 2016


Climbed to the first of the three peaks on the Crater rim. A long route with huge elevation gain (over 6000 feet), but absolutely stupendous views of glaciers, jagged spires, and a steam-belching Popocatepetl volcano a few miles away.
Posted Nov 29, 2016 7:19 pm

xDoogiexSummited Las Rodillas
Date Climbed: Oct 18, 2016


Summited he first sub summit Las Rodillas to acclimatize for Orizaba
Posted Nov 3, 2016 2:32 pm

seancauThe Sleeping Lady  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 9, 2015


Nice climb & much cheaper to do than Orizaba, no 4x4 ride needed. Again got lucky with the weather - beautiful clear summit. Crampons weren't necessary on the glacier.
Posted Sep 2, 2016 5:40 pm

seanoStandard route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 26, 2015


Up the standard route in about 4 hours on a calm, sunny day. There was absolutely no snow, and the glacier is low-angle enough to cross in shoes or microspikes; the hard-packed dirt is trickier. A fun, moderate day with great views. Trip report.
Posted Jan 1, 2016 5:32 pm

wkatmAMS on the Arista...
Date Climbed: Nov 11, 2015


Made it past the second rodilla, to the glacier, before being overcome by the effects of altitude that had been steadily worsening since the night prior. It was my first time over 15K feet, and I maybe should have taken more time to acclimatize. Decided I didn't want to vomit my way to the summit, and still basically vomited my entire way down. No regrets... hard lesson learned, and the view was still extraordinary.
Posted Nov 13, 2015 5:30 pm

MadGrad96Fun stuff!   Sucess!


Glad I made time for this one. Gorgeous area!
Posted Oct 9, 2015 8:19 am

EleutherosSunrise On the Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 21, 2015


A perfect day with bright stars, dramatic high clouds, sunshine and Popo emitting large clouds of smoke. I had the entire summit(s) to myself at sunrise, and made coffee from the rime ice on the crosses. What an unforgettable moment. The air was clearer than I've ever seen in Mexico.
Posted Mar 26, 2015 1:59 pm

shknbkeLa Arista del Sol  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 30, 2014


A storm about a week prior to the climb left snow on the mountain to all the way below the La Joya TH. We had to pack in the last couple miles. The snow was very firm in the morning. Crampons and ice axe were mandatory once on the ridge traverses, but the snow softened up by early afternoon. 10.5 hours round trip.
Posted Jan 4, 2015 11:02 pm

RenewsNormal Route - Ixta  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 3, 1982
Finished Thanksgiving (turkey tacos) rafting trip on Moctezuma River at Tamazunchale and headed for volcanoes. Camped somewhere around 14K. Got up during night too early (read watch wrong), hid my camp gear, and started walk up. Realized it was too early when I got to high hut with no sign of light. Proceeded to stomp around in hut for several hours with a bivy sac over my head to keep warm. Wondered what anyone would have thought had they walked into the hut and seen me doing that routine. Got going again with first light. No problems other than splitting headache which was abetted by my inadequate water supply. Stuck it out through false summits. Nice and clear on top.
Posted Jan 1, 2015 8:37 pm

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

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