Iztaccihuatl Climber's Log
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|tlogan||Route Climbed: La Arista del Sol Date Climbed: June 1-2 1002|
| The weather on the hike up was the pits... plenty of wind and rain... and the night at the refugio was pretty cool with a spectacular snow/thunder storm which dropped about 12-15cm in four hours and made the second day that much more fascinating. |
My guide and I elected not to rope up or don crampons... unlike the others who tagged along... so at 4:45 in the morning we stumbled out of the hut under a half moon and for the next hour and 45 minutes methodically worked our way up to the rodilla... we were blessed with clear skies... so the views of Popo were magnificent with the newly risen sun glinting off the snow giving the mountain a beautiful soft orange glow... it was wicked!
After the rodilla I loved the number of rigdeline traverses... however the number of sub summits continually had my hopes going up and down... working my way up and down was frustrating at times too, however it was excellent practice for navigating mountainous terrain and trekking through a solid amount of freshly fallen snow.
This was my first true alpine experience so the snow fields the ridgeline traverses with egregious drops on either side were all awesome experiences.
The view from the Pecho was fantastic with excellent views of Malinche, Tlaloc Telepon and of course Popo...
The descent was alot of fun... half skiing half sliding down a 45-50 degree snowfield... something very common for a Canadian to do.
Overall I loved the mountain its size and its honesty... the freshly fallen snow the 75-85km winds with precipitous drops on exposed ridges made this an awesome trip. I would recommend it to anyone.
The altitude proved only a little challenging especially at night with a refreshing 40 minute sleep serving as my preparation for the next day. GREAT TRIP!
|Posted Jun 3, 2002 2:12 pm|
|patow||Route Climbed: Ayoloco Date Climbed: Dec 2001|
|Summit after foul weather, did a high camp for 6 days.|
|Posted May 24, 2002 3:48 pm|
|Hammer||Route Climbed: Arista de Sol Date Climbed: January 26, 2002|
|Had a great climb with beautiful weather. Set a personal high camping record of 14800' at the first portillo. Attempted the Los Pies auxillary summit but ran out of daylight on our initial acclimitization climb. Wasn't exactly sure which of the two high points on the breast was the true summit so we tagged them both and the altimeter only read 10 feet difference. Spectacular views of the neighboring Popo's continuous eruption.|
|Posted Apr 23, 2002 3:57 am|
|remo||Route Climbed: La Arista del Sol Date Climbed: 24. February 2002|
|I loved the trip on the Izta. I head problems sleeping in the hut due to the height. But finally (with the help of an Aspirin :-) i managed to sleep a few hours and get up to the top the next day. I can really recommend this trip.|
|Posted Mar 31, 2002 10:23 am|
|Tom Fralich||Route Climbed: Ayoloco Glacier Date Climbed: January 6, 2002|
|Reached the summit with Juan Valderrama and Annica Carlson after a beautifully clear night at the Ayoloco Hut. Although the approach was long and strenuous, the climb itself was quite straightforward and took only 3 hours. The weather was perfect with great views along La Arista del Sol towards Popo and I felt pretty strong, despite the fact that I was still recovering from a bout of food poisoning. For more details of my climb on Ixta, check out my Trip Report.|
|Posted Mar 7, 2002 10:27 am|
|Bernhard Sauer||Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: January 1987|
did the first paraglider flight from the summit by myself
|Posted Jan 25, 2002 2:45 am|
|Guilty||Route Climbed: Glaciar de las Rodillas Date Climbed: February 25, 2000|
|I started from the microwave station/tower, traverse west on one of the lower trails below the false summits until Ayoloco hut. From the hut, ascend straight up to the summit. Roundtrip from microwave station: 9 hours.|
|Posted Nov 16, 2001 4:21 pm|
|Elwood||Route Climbed: normal route Date Climbed: 2/98|
|As with most people, this was our first experience with altitude above 15,000ft. What I would do if I was to do it again would be this: Spend the night at either Paso de Cortes, or La Joya. We stayed in Amecameca, & then early in the morning got a ride to the trailhead (La Joya), then hiked to the Esperanza Lopez Mateos hut. The next day only 2 out of 5 of us were able to reach the summit. This was nothing more than a high altitude hike, but respect the altitude, especially if it's your first time. Once you reach the knees, the angle lessens, but there are many false summits. It was a good experience.|
|Posted Oct 23, 2001 7:42 pm|
|mdostby||Route Climbed: Standard Route Date Climbed: January 1999|
|My first "big" mountain was Ixta. Fairly straight forward climbing. A few areas required scrambling. No crampons or ice axe needed. To my surprise and delight I had absolutely no problems with altitude.|
|Posted Mar 24, 2001 5:23 pm|