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HalikuRe: Altitude correction


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Thanks for the comment. As always the actual altitude is up for debate on most mountains. The research, via GPS, done by this professor http://www.utsa.edu/pub/sombrilla/pdfs/summer2003.pdf (pg22)is the most exact that I have seen. My gps was showing around 18500 when I climbed it for a non scientific test. For now I'll take the professor's research over a guides. Cheers!
Posted Aug 22, 2007 10:57 am

ScottRe: Altitude correction


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If you are interested:

No matter where you are, guides will probably usually use the highest elevation available.

Anyway, it is 100% certain that Orizaba is around 18,400-18,500 feet rather than 18,700 feet as some older sources state. SRTM data confirms this and 18,700 is for sure an error. The latest Mexican topographic survey puts the peak at 18,409, close to the height listed on this mountain page. SRTM, topographic surveys, and the figure posted on the mountain page are all fairly close.
Posted Aug 22, 2007 2:35 pm

CoraxRe: Altitude correction


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Posted Aug 22, 2007 3:35 pm

CurtissimoRe: Altitude correction


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5610 meters (18,406') is the number now officially issued by the Mexican government (INEGI) as well as Secor and the Encyclopedia Britannica.

Wikipedia uses 5636 M (18,491').

Posted Oct 30, 2009 6:48 pm

gotschall@fordham.eduQUESTIONS ABOUT ORIZABA


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Greetings to all...

I'm wondering how much experience is necessary to climb Pico de Orizaba. I don't have experience with ropes and pins, but I do have experience with an ice axe and crampons, as well as altitude. I reached the summit of Mt. Whitney (ice chute summit, overnight, roughly 30 degrees +/-); Jebel Toubkal in Morocco (early morning summit, roughly 30 degree snow); Mt. Kilimanjaro (non-technical), etc. I lived in Cusco for 6 months this year and did numerous hikes in 15,000 ft. + altitude. I am young, athletic, healthy, etc.

Do you think this is sufficient for Orizaba? Is the Jamapa Glacier safe? How necessary is it to hire a guide?
Posted Nov 26, 2013 4:09 pm



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Yes, I have no doubt that your experience is sufficient. The jam glacier route is not technical or particularly dangerous and the route is straightforward. It's about a 35deg snow climb w no crevasses. So long as you can self arrest and have enough mountain sense to take care of yourself on a mountain, you won't NEED a guide.
Posted Dec 1, 2013 11:28 pm

gotschall@fordham.eduRe: QUESTIONS ABOUT ORIZABA


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Thank you for your response. I've received a lot of good information and enthusiasm about the climb, and I'm planning to move forward with the trip. I'm leaning towards hiring a guide, though, only because I will be traveling alone.

Thank you again - more questions may surface in the coming weeks.

Best Wishes,
Posted Dec 5, 2013 12:35 pm

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