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seanoEast ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 25, 2015


An easy day from the hut, with a bit of fun third class along the ridge and a good boot-ski back to Laguna del Sol. Hundreds of tourists, but weirdly most of them were headed for Arista de Humboldt rather than the summit. Trip report.
Posted Jan 1, 2016 11:47 am

Curtissimoclose but no cigar
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2014


We spent the night at the almost abandonded hut near the entrance, $100 pesos each. Bring a headlamp no power. They couldn't even be bothered to build a fire.

Problems started the next AM when our cousin's car broke down about 2 kms short of the trail. The road to crater is no longer open. The trail starts at the old upper huts (don't appear to be open for camping any more, just bathrooms and a simple vendor hut).

From there we had an extra 2 kms and estimated 250m of climb just to get to summit rim. We descended, then the family explored the lakes area. It is pretty cool place, like Crater Lake without the lake and add about 4 small to large puddles.

The trail heads straight up across the crater and turns right. I made that fine but on third hump I was totally stumped on how to find a passable route (a CL3 or less route that is). Alone and with storms coming in and my family below, I had to leave this for another day.

I think the situation may have a been a blessing in disguise, however, as the green valleys areound Toluca are absolutely beautiful. And the Xinantecatl park and massif are worthy of a few days of exploring and peak bagging, not unlike Mazama aka Crater Lake. Nearby Valle del Bravo would be a good place to spend a couple days after finishing up in the mountains.

Toluca, you are green and beautiful. We will be back!
Posted Aug 26, 2014 8:37 pm

TheGoatBest Missionary P-Day Ever  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 15, 2012


While on an LDS mission we got rare permission (twice!) to go to the top of this immense volcano. Of course, it was a taxi ride most of the way so it hardly counts as climbing a huge peak, but we did scramble up to what looked like one of the tallest peaks to us (likely the 2nd or third highest), and we were sure high and tried our best, so I'm counting it.
Posted Aug 10, 2014 10:35 pm

KieferNormal  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 6, 2014


With Sarah, Senad and Zhio
Posted Feb 19, 2014 1:16 pm

SenadRPico de Fraile  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 6, 2014


We took direct route, gully above Laguna de Sol, steep and loose rock, but no problems. Amazing views of crates lakes and entire Nevado de Toluca volcano, i did like this mountain and area.
Posted Feb 12, 2014 10:37 pm

Sarah SimonPico de Fraile from the crater lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 6, 2014

Sarah Simon

Very, very lovely area. We were the first people on the mountain and had the mountain to ourselves the entire day until our descent. After a restful night in San Martin Hacienda, we cruised up to the summit of Pico de Fraile from the lovely crater. The dry couloir was steep but forgiving, and I was impressed by the pleasantly rocky ridge to a relatively small summit. Great day, great welcome to Mexico's mountains! Finished off with a summit of Humboldt Peak - summitted both peaks of that group with Kiefer just to be sure. ;)
Posted Feb 10, 2014 10:50 am

Woodie HopperFraile, crater traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 26, 2014

Woodie Hopper

Climbed the day after arriving in Mexico with Mike Preece, Appleton Scutchfield and Ryan Swapp. Fun climb. Hundreds of locals were checking out the snow as we climbed back out of the caldera.
Posted Jan 26, 2014 11:07 pm

Joerg MarretschPico de Fraile  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 5, 2013

Joerg Marretsch

Nice hike to the summit of Pico de Fraile. Perfect weather conditions.
Posted Dec 11, 2013 2:08 pm

jsk8snowboard descent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 2, 1993
the winter of 1992-93 featured more snow than usual on Nevado - some areas (Canada del Oso) still had snow in May. I descended on snowboard from just below the summit.
Posted Feb 18, 2013 1:00 am

LaronRim Traverse  Sucess!


Did a complete rim traverse. Super fun.
Posted Aug 8, 2012 8:42 am

jvonruedencomplete rim traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2012


I did the rim traverse today, it tools us about 5 hours including lunch and breaks. Rock pro is completely unnecessary, it's only 4th class scrambling. Snow gear isn't necessary in this season, two of my partners used below the ankle boots.
Posted Jul 24, 2012 7:19 pm

ChilisticosCerro Campanario on a cloudy day
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2011
Rented a car on the Paseo de Reforma, drove to Nevado de Toluca, and started to climb at 1pm...took me 3 hours to the Cerro Campanario and back through the Standard East Approach to Pico de Fraile. Had to stop before continuing further from Campanario as the visibility made it impossible to identify your way forward...will definitely try to come back and finish the job!
Posted Aug 11, 2011 11:53 am

Shirley LamRim Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 2, 2011

Shirley Lam

Completed the rim traverse with Bighornmonkey. Beautiful views, great conditions, fun climbing! Yannick wrote a trip report of the climb on our blog: http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/hobos/1/1296719203/tpod.html
Posted Feb 3, 2011 1:37 pm

bighornmonkeyRim traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 2, 2011


did the rim traverse in perfect conditions, with trail running shoes...no snow at all! Awesome views. We could see Popo and Izta in a distance, both looked snow-free as well.
Posted Feb 3, 2011 1:30 pm

logikalFirst High Altitude Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 1, 2009


My first mountain above 6000 feet. Hiking to the crater from the entrance gate after only being in mexico for 12 hours was one hell of an introduction to high altitude climbing. I felt like my legs were made of lead. The following day i summited via some talus field on the outer rim.
Posted Sep 21, 2009 4:13 pm

ncstDay trip from Toluca to Pico de Fraile  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2009


Although it was pouring rain the night before in Toluca, I had a great sunny hike around the lagunas, reaching the Pico de Fraile as the clouds came rolling in.
Posted Jul 23, 2009 9:13 pm

paisajeroamericanoCody's 1st 15er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 26, 2008


The traverse was quite entertaining. Camped at 3700m the night before with temperatures down to -8 C. Great weather on the mountain though. Climbed from the parking lot up to the saddle, the swung a right and followed the ridge counterclockwise, climbing the 2 highest peaks before shooting down to go check out the lakes on the way back. Tons of people down at the lakes, but nobody up on the ridge. Good times!
Posted Apr 10, 2009 7:03 am

Lips74Route Climbed? Mountain Climbed?
Date Climbed: Jan 1, 2009


This was an interesting trip wherin we got screwed by our taxi driver and had to walk up the 17 kilometer road. This put us badly off our schedule and camping in the backcountry. Matt and I forced a route through a nightmarish rockfield and summited a subpeak along the ridge around 14,900ft. Matt summited Pico Aguila 15,157ft.
Posted Feb 3, 2009 5:00 am

ChristianRodriguezroute climbed  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 31, 2006


From refuge to the crater's border, wind was intense. so strong by moments impossible to stand up... so a hours later wheater change, clear, fresh and really nice views. We climbed the 3 highest peaks: Aguila, Marquez and Fraile.
Posted Sep 28, 2008 1:24 pm

ChristianRodriguezAmazing place - views are fantastic  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 31, 2006


We climbed mostly of peaks surrounding the crater of this huge volcano. sometime with ice, sometimes with snow but mostly of time just rocks. Amazing views of Laguna del Sol (Sun's lagoon) and Laguna de la Luna (Moon's lagoon). Totally clear sky, a little bit cold but nice.
Posted Sep 8, 2008 1:36 am

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