traveljunkie78 wrote:the guide knows that i haven't climbed before. i am in great physical condition. i wont have time to climb any other volcanoe, but i will be in the town the night before the climb.
Even in great shape you don't have the conditioning for altitude and hill climbing. That said if you have the mental toughness you can pull it off in a long and somewhat painful day. Don't be so focused that you can't think of calling it off when you realize you are out of steam. Remember you have to get back down also.
MountainHikerCO wrote:Izta is not an easy mountain. All of the up and down along with the loose rock really wears on you, especially on the return. My wife, who has climbed all of Colorado’s fourteeners, many thirteeners, Orizaba, Rainier, Grand Teton, Toluca, La Malinche and has been above 20,000’ in the Andes, feels it’s the hardest mountain she has done.
I agree that it is lots of loose rock and scree but the hardest? Was she off her game that day or not in the shape/acclimated as she should be? As for the physical demand required I'd say its harder than most CO 14ers but easier than Rainier or Orizaba.
Traveljunkie: Since you are new to SP I'm adding these links instead of assuming you've seen them.
Izta Mountain Page
Izta Route Page