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utclimberPico de Fraile  Sucess!
As I recall, the most difficult part was convincing a taxi driver with my limited Spanish speaking ability to take us up there and wait for us to climb the peak. A nice outing.
Posted Jan 12, 2008 7:41 pm

MountainHikerCOInteresting Place  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 13, 2006


This was an acclimation climb for Orizaba. We are sure it helped.
Posted Dec 30, 2007 7:35 pm

emilieNormal - Pico de Fraile  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 9, 2007


Acclimatization hike for Orizaba. We stayed at a hut and then drove up to the trailhead. Very fun. We went straight up a couloir that looked impossibly steep from across the crater lake but was actually a nice soft scree slope with some good snow. Some light bouldering at the top and a big sense of exposure on the peak. There was some slippery in the snow that made me a bit nervous as we headed down but the rest was uneventful.
Posted Dec 17, 2007 12:20 pm

Date Climbed: Jan 1, 2002


It was an epic journey of 36hrs in my buddy's old nissan from Madison, WI to Toluca for New Years 2002. But we pased out before midnight beacsue we were so exhausted, then we decided to climb the peak the next day. We drove up to 13000 or so and parked the car, then ate a big meal of mac and cheese and gatorade. I was pretty sick by the time we made summit and by the time I reached the car I was puking a lot and felt pretty sick. I wasn't a smart climber back then, not enough experience. I'll never forget that one , you live and learn.
Posted Apr 17, 2007 5:13 am

weeds19Pico de Fraile  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 28, 2006


We stayed in the upper hut for two nights and had a great climb of Pico de Fraile. The climb was meant as an acclimatization hike, but it was a worthy objective in its own right. Trip report at http://www.summitpost.org/trip-report/259825/toluca-pico-de-fraile.html
Posted Jan 13, 2007 7:31 am

Nyle WaltonEasy climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 15, 1957

Nyle Walton

As a student at Mexico City College (now the University of the Americas) in the good old days, I remember driving from Mexico City westward to the capital of the state of Mexico. The three of us drove as far as we could into the crater whence we hiked uphill through bunch grass and some snow patches in a broad traverse and reached the highest poiint on the rim of the Nevado's wide caldera. After having climbed Popo and Orizaba, I did not regard this volcano climb as any great achievement.
Posted Aug 10, 2006 3:13 pm

tjbst47Nevado de Toluca  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 23, 2006


I did the tranverse. A dog came with me.
Posted Mar 30, 2006 3:05 pm

Rick KentRoute Climbed: Trail and East Rim Date Climbed: Jan 6, 2006  Sucess!

Rick Kent

Took a taxi up to the crater with cp0915 and Day Hiker. We started up the trail but then veered off to follow more of the rim on the way to the high point. There's some nice class 3 (or greater) climbing to be had along the way. Snow was present on some of the slopes but the rim was clear.
Posted Jan 13, 2006 1:33 pm

cp0915Route Climbed: a more direct version of la ruta normal Date Climbed: January 6, 2006  Sucess!


After a failed attempt due to weather in April 2004, I finally got to knock this one off. Followed as much of the crest of the rim above the normal route as I could, finding some surprisingly enjoyable and spicy mixed climbing along the way. Enjoyed the summit with Day Hiker, rwkent and big_g. Good stuff.
Posted Jan 11, 2006 11:46 am

Day HikerRoute Climbed: Trail and East Rim  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 6, 2006

Day Hiker

Started on the trail then hiked up to the east rim and followed it to the summit. The snow on the north side of the volcano, outside the crater, looked intimidating on the drive up to the trailhead, since the ice axe, boots, and crampons were back at the hotel, but it turned out that the route, which is inside the crater, was passable in running shoes. This was my highest summit to date.
Posted Jan 11, 2006 1:12 am

big_gRoute Climbed: Ruta Normal  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 6, 2006


Phlegmed my way up to the top behind some much more vigorous SPers. Nice scrambling opportunities if you're not too sick to enjoy.
Posted Jan 7, 2006 2:35 pm

timfoltzDate Climbed: Sometime in 1997  Sucess!


Climbed to the top with my dad at the age of 8. Fun easy climb.
Posted Jan 4, 2006 2:22 pm

pacojgarzaRoute Climbed: Northern slopes Date Climbed: December-24-2005  Sucess!


Reached the summit of Pico Pieschel solo, via the outside northern slopes after a long hike from Parque de los Venados to near Cerro Prieto . There had been a rare early winter snow storm two days earlier and the road to the huts was closed that weekend. The unconsolidated snow was knee deep at some points on the upper slopes and made for a very tiring climb. Had great views toward the other peaks. This was the first of four volcanoes on my trip to Mexico.

Check my trip report "A good dose of thin mexican air" on El Pico de Orizaba page for details.
Posted Jan 3, 2006 3:41 am

Mike GarsideRoute Climbed: Pico de Fraile Date Climbed: 15 November 2005  Sucess!

Mike Garside

This was our first acclimatisation hill for Orizaba on the 22nd. Nice easy stuff with perfect viz on a cloudless day. Great scree run back down to "Lake of the Moon"! Thanks Hector and Rubin.
Posted Dec 18, 2005 4:34 pm

forjanRoute Climbed: Crater Rim Traverse Date Climbed: November 20, 2005  Sucess!


Climbed with awagher. Rolling clouds....a bit cooler than last time I was here in Feb 2003. Heading to Ixta next.
Posted Nov 20, 2005 8:05 pm

awagherRoute Climbed: Partial Rim Traverse Date Climbed: Nov. 20th, 2005  Sucess!


My personal altitude record to date. Great weather. Climbed with Miguel Forjan. Will link photos soon.
Posted Nov 20, 2005 8:01 pm

melindahalaszRoute Climbed: Pico de Fraile Date Climbed: July 28, 2005  Sucess!


It's an unforgettable and majestic place to me!!!

Nice mountain with nice view of the Laguna de la Luna. Perfect goal for acclimatization.
Posted Sep 11, 2005 3:33 pm

soslawRoute Climbed: Pico de Fraile Date Climbed: January 7, 2002  Sucess!


A good introduction to class 4 climbing. Most of the rte is class 3 but there are some decent class 4 sections with good holds but considerable exposure. Summitted on a clear day with the lakes below. Most amazing thing was to see a group of Mexican distance runners training on the road up to the base of the rte. These guys were going at a respectable 10 K pace above 10K feet. The second most amazing was the number of locals who drive up to 13k to picnic at the lakes.
Posted Apr 18, 2005 4:06 pm

GlennMerrillRoute Climbed: Pico de Fraile Traverse Date Climbed: March 2004  Sucess!


Done as an acclimatization hike. Choose to do it instead of La Malinche was glad I did. The 4th class is fun and the rock and lakes look good in photos.
Posted Feb 27, 2005 7:49 pm

RamosRoute Climbed: Pico del Fraile from outside the crater Date Climbed: July 27 2004  Sucess!


The climb took us 1:17 min it was a clear day
Posted Nov 2, 2004 10:55 am

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