bird wrote:You should get a 5 gallon jug of water in Tlach and bring it with you in the jeep. If you can't do that then you must have filter/iodine. There is water about 100yds from the hut.
3 liters should be good (Drink a liter before you leave the hut too). Camelback tubes can freeze, so I'm not a fan for cold weather climbing.
You should spend at least a 3 nights at 8K (Mex City/Tlachichuca), and then 2 nights in the hut. That's pushing it. If you can climb an acclimating peak like La Malinche before you'll be better off.
Just buy Secor's book on Amazon and do what he says. Make sure you can walk in crampons, self arrest and you should be fine. Or not, but that's mountain climbing...
yes, i need to check out that book and brush up on my crampon/ice axe skillz so would those acclimatization peaks that you guys mentioned allow me to practice those skills on snow,etc...? also do you guys think 6 - 8 days is sufficient for the total trip (acclimatization/rest day(s)/actual climb of orizaba)??
also, still trying to decide on using a guide service such as serviot? or tag along w/ some peeps from SP since i'd be going solo...the US based guided climbs run any where from 2 - 3 grand so how much do the local companies charge? oh one more thing to add to my long list of ?'s...how much would one expect to pay for airfare from cali into mexico city these days?
parky wrote:(PS: Our thanks to the chef in Haliku's group at the Piedra Grande Hut; the lemon tea given to us at the end of our own long summit day was just divine!)
lefty wrote:Does anyone know how much Senor Gerrado charges to stay at Hotel Gerar and 4WD to the Piedra Grande hut? Are reservations recommend for around New Years? If so does anyone have an email address as I can't seem to find one. I've read equally good reports for the services of Senor Gerrado, Senor Reyes, and Jouquin Chohola Limon. I am trying to determine if there is a price difference or any reason to pick one over the other.
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