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Postby Woodie Hopper » Fri Feb 09, 2007 10:59 pm

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Postby Mescalito345 » Sat Feb 10, 2007 2:24 am

Defiant One,

I suggest Ixta, which has a little bit of everything: Class 3 rock scrambling, glacier travel (30 to 45 minutes), scree slopes, etc. Plus you get a great view of Popo erupting. Here are some pictures I took on December 28:

http://pkuroda.smugmug.com/gallery/2320804/1/121378531
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Postby Woodie Hopper » Sat Feb 10, 2007 3:20 am

Mescalito345 wrote:Defiant One,

I suggest Ixta, which has a little bit of everything: Class 3 rock scrambling, glacier travel (30 to 45 minutes), scree slopes, etc. Plus you get a great view of Popo erupting. Here are some pictures I took on December 28:

http://pkuroda.smugmug.com/gallery/2320804/1/121378531


Ixta was a good time, I couldn't agree more!
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Postby The Defiant One » Fri Feb 23, 2007 9:11 pm

Hey, we summited on the 16th with very favorable glacier conditions. not very icy, thin layer of snow, great for cramping straight up. saw about 6-8 very tiny crevasses, nothing to worry about

thanks for all your suggestions on where to go after the climb. we decided to head to Guatemala...where i am now. meant to post conditions report sooner.

cheers and happy climbing
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Postby Woodie Hopper » Fri Feb 23, 2007 9:18 pm

Congrats!
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Postby Hapey McHape » Mon Nov 26, 2007 4:46 pm

Now that people are coming back from Mexico please give an update on conditions of Orizaba for the 07-08 season.

Thank You in advance.
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Postby rcntly4298 » Mon Nov 26, 2007 5:07 pm

bultemak2 wrote:Now that people are coming back from Mexico please give an update on conditions of Orizaba for the 07-08 season.

Thank You in advance.


Fantastic conditions last week. Glacier is in excellent condition. You can use crampons from just below the labyrinth to all the way to the summit. Let me know if you have anymore questions.
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Postby Blair » Mon Nov 26, 2007 7:18 pm

Congrats to Rinat Shagisultanov and your partner, great pictures too!
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Postby UncleBob » Mon Nov 26, 2007 7:49 pm

Has anyone looked at the Sarcophago to see in the serpent's head was in ?
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Conditions on Wednesday 11/21/2007

Postby eferesen » Mon Nov 26, 2007 9:05 pm

Excellent conditions. The weather gods were smiling on us. The snow was perfect and used it from the labyrinth to the summit. Met Andy and Tina from summitpost they would summit the next day. Someone mentioned that the clouds were coming on Friday but not sure what happened.

<a href=http://www.summitpost.org/images/original/359610.JPG>Jamapa Glacier</a>
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Postby Indiana Mad-Man » Mon Nov 26, 2007 10:55 pm

Thanks for the fantastic pictures Eferesen. It looks like you guys had great weather for your trip and the glacier seems a bit less iced up as I would have imagined. How cold did it get while you were up there?
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Not cold at all

Postby eferesen » Mon Nov 26, 2007 11:38 pm

Indiana Mad-Man wrote:Thanks for the fantastic pictures Eferesen. It looks like you guys had great weather for your trip and the glacier seems a bit less iced up as I would have imagined. How cold did it get while you were up there?


It was not cold at all (other people might disagree). OSO my guide was not even wearing a hard shell and the winds were kinda non-existent. We were lucky. I would say it was not below freezing.
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Re: Not cold at all

Postby rcntly4298 » Tue Nov 27, 2007 12:59 am

eferesen wrote:
Indiana Mad-Man wrote:Thanks for the fantastic pictures Eferesen. It looks like you guys had great weather for your trip and the glacier seems a bit less iced up as I would have imagined. How cold did it get while you were up there?


It was not cold at all (other people might disagree). OSO my guide was not even wearing a hard shell and the winds were kinda non-existent. We were lucky. I would say it was not below freezing.


Oso has balls of steel, he would not be cold in below 0 temps.
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Postby Indiana Mad-Man » Tue Nov 27, 2007 6:57 pm

Congrats on the successful summit. It seems unbelievable to me that you could be up there at 18,000 ft. without a balaclava. That kind of puts me at ease for my trip down there.

Quick question: How much did you guys spend down there beyond your flight? I'm trying to get a grasp about how much I need to budget for the trip, including bus travel, accomodations for two or three night, and of course some good clean water.

Thanks for your help and the great pictures. They're getting me pretty excited.
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