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Your opinion needed: What to bring to climb the volcanos

Postby sloggmeister » Tue Nov 14, 2006 3:32 pm

I'm going to be climbing the volcanos- Nevado de Toluca, Ixta, and Orizaba this December. I'm having my obsessive-compulsive gear dilemma: what to bring?
Should I bring a rope and harness? (If protection is needed, would I do best with pickets or ice screws?)
Would you rope up at all?
Avy stuff (shovel probe beacon)?
Water filter or tablets?
I usually bring way too much, even in the Cascades where I am familiar with the conditions.
How hard is it to find a Camp Assistant to watch the extra stuff back at camp?
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Re: Your opinion needed: What to bring to climb the volcano

Postby Haliku » Tue Nov 14, 2006 3:49 pm

sloggmeister wrote:I'm going to be climbing the volcanos- Nevado de Toluca, Ixta, and Orizaba this December. I'm having my obsessive-compulsive gear dilemma: what to bring?
Should I bring a rope and harness? (If protection is needed, would I do best with pickets or ice screws?)
Would you rope up at all?
Avy stuff (shovel probe beacon)?
Water filter or tablets?
I usually bring way too much, even in the Cascades where I am familiar with the conditions.
How hard is it to find a Camp Assistant to watch the extra stuff back at camp?


First off check the couple of detailed trip reports if you havent' already.

Rope and harness are not needed. Avy stuff not needed. For water bring 5 gallon jugs up to 'basecamp' with you. Depending on who takes you to the hut on Orizaba they can arrange for a camp guard. We didn't need one on Itza since the hut was locked up. If you have any questions feel free to PM/email me. Cheers!
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Postby Woodie Hopper » Tue Nov 14, 2006 4:00 pm

Weight is definitely your enemy here- I would check the current conditions to avoid carrying ice pro if you can. If you are acclimatized from the lower peaks I would also recommend not making a high camp. If you are acclimatized and fit you will only need 6-7 hours if conditions are right and you aren't going with a large group. My $.03. Also I bought 10 liter bottles of purified water for $1.50, you can easily transport these to the hut if you have a ride.

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Postby CBakwin » Thu Nov 16, 2006 12:58 pm

I rented crampons and Iceax in Tlachichuca. Otherwise a down "sweater", fleece, shell and long underwear for the cold morning. Like said, you can get a big bottle of water in town. No water in camp.
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