Pico de Orizaba Climber's Log
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|joseguzman58||Route Climbed: Jamapa Glacier Date Climbed: February 8th, 2005.|
|Started climbing from Piedra Grande at 0200. It was bitter cold at the start of th ice field, -12 C. And God knows what it was with the wind-chill factor. We summited at 1000. Eight solid hours, with very few, and short, breaks.The Canales de Hielo (channels of ice), what is known to some climbers as the labyrinth, were dry. Well, dry enough not to allow the use of crampons, but with enough ice to make the climb very slippery. The ice at Jamapa's was very brittle, it broke like crystal. There were very few patches of good snow. At the crater's rim, there were some isolated patches of fossil ice, gray in color and with the consistency of concrete. Just as the rest of the ground, made out of white sand and small rocks, frozen together. The three of us descended roped and belaying each other. As a surprise to our guide, was the amount of water on the waterfall coming from the glacier, roaring down the rocky crag that parallels the trail leaving from Piedra Grande. Apparently the ice line is been receding at an alarmingly rate.|
|Posted Feb 11, 2005 5:31 pm|
|Al||Route Climbed: Jamapa Glacier Date Climbed: 24 Jan 05|
|A cracking day for the summit. Baltic cold on the glacier. Yep - I too was in the same group of 7 SP strangers. All good fun.|
|Posted Jan 28, 2005 10:38 pm|
|physics||Route Climbed: Jamapa Glacier Date Climbed: January 24, 2005|
|climbed with the 6 others from summitpost - Arrived at the base hut around 3:00 PM on Jan 22nd, hiked up and setup campt at ~ 16,200 feet on Jan 23rd, and left high camp at 6:15PM on Jan 24th for summit bid. At 6:45PM arrived at glacier and at 9:13PM summitted the hill. I thought my 2:27 from base of glacier to summit was pretty respectable but gobriango2's 3:56 from hut to summit "New Jersey style" will likely forever go unmatched|
|Posted Jan 27, 2005 3:44 pm|
|rickford||Route Climbed: Normal Route (Jamapa) Date Climbed: Jan. 14|
|Embarked on a 3-day acclimitization trek to Piedre Grande from Tlachichuca. Spent 3 days there going on day hikes. Stashed our climbing gear (which we never used) at 16,000". Summit push took nine hours from Piedre Grande (stopped for a few hours to watch the sunrise!). Glacier conditions were great and there were no crevasses. All in all- very beautiful..... The trip consisted of myself and Marc Shwartz- on behalf of The University of Virginia Outdoors Club.|
|Posted Jan 22, 2005 9:42 pm|
|AlexeyD||Route Climbed: Jamapa Glacier-Espinosa Route (somewhere in between) Date Climbed: Jan 10, 2005|
|Reached the crater rim, but decided not to continue to the summit. The reason was, that it seemed a bit exposed and would have probably warranted roping up, and at that point we wanted to save our energy for the descent. It was close enough for us.|
|Posted Jan 18, 2005 9:51 am|
|jweidman||Route Climbed: Jamapa Glacier Date Climbed: 23 Nov 2002|
|Finally made it after dealing with bad weather and altitude sickened friends on 3 previous attempts that week. Great views.|
|Posted Jan 10, 2005 3:50 pm|
|sdespins||Route Climbed: Ruta Directa - Espinoza Date Climbed: December 18, 2004|
|Conditions finally started cleared up after a few days of snow (knee level) and high winds. Should be good for the next week or two. Winds were subsiding and the route is getting a bit packed in again. Route finding should improve. No crevasses, glacier is still receeding.|
Piedra Grande was not too crowded. Locals say tourism is down. High camp can be windy but saves a few hours up to the glacier.
See trip report for more details.
|Posted Dec 21, 2004 4:42 pm|
|marcpagani.com||Route Climbed: Jamapa Glacier Date Climbed: January 6, 2003|
|Had to do a traverse over to the right to avoid steep and slick ice, - unroped so it was scary - got very cold on summit, so we only stayed for a short time - beautiful country, beautiful mountain. Marc Pagani and Mimi Schippers|
|Posted Nov 4, 2004 4:03 pm|
|Ramos||Route Climbed: Jamapa Glacier Date Climbed: May 6 2004|
|This climbed whas of 1 day, we started at 1:00 am from Piedra grande hut, we got to the summit at 8:50 am|
|Posted Nov 2, 2004 10:51 am|
|tlogan||Route Climbed: Ruta Direct- Espinazo Date Climbed: Oct. 10/ 2004|
| Had a hell of a battle with El Pico on this occasion... plenty of summer rain provided the mountain with 1-1.5m of snow which made for an interesting climb, sinking up to above my knees as I blazed a trail up towards the summit.|
The route is steeper and more sustained than Ruta Sur.
On the downclimb... needed to self arrest once, had to show friends (who were very new to snow) how to self arrest which turned out to be very useful. Also simple downclimbing techniques of how to kick steps and use the ice axe were also necessary.
Even a few small avalanche zones maybe 10m X 10m made for a far more serious alpine experience than my first time. Was happy to share the summit with my friends Javier and Manolo and have the clouds open up for us on a few occasions to see the world unfurl beneath us.
A very serious peak not to be taken lightly at all... but a helluva lot of fun nonetheless..
|Posted Oct 12, 2004 1:37 am|
|mxclimber||Route Climbed: Jamapa Glacier Date Climbed: May 5 2004|
|reached the summit with my friends in about 8 hours from piedra grande, very nice weather, no wind at all|
|Posted Sep 16, 2004 11:35 am|
|amcfarre||Route Climbed: Jamapa Glacier Date Climbed: Feb 15, 2004|
|Very windy day (50-60mph). Thankfully not too cold, but most groups turned around. Lenticular had been hanging on the summit the whole day before. |
Lots of photos:
|Posted Jul 15, 2004 5:19 pm|
|climber21||Route Climbed: Jamapa Glacier Date Climbed: April 2000|
|This is weird - i just noticed on my summit log entries that i only had one for Pico when i know i had another one. Oh well, anyway i wanted to summit this great mountain for the first time before i turned 16, and i made it by about a week. It is a beautiful mountain. I summitted again in November of 2001 (i think that's right). I tried again this last January but did not make it that time (i have a summit log about it below). I plan to climb it again when all things permit once again in my schedule.|
|Posted May 12, 2004 4:29 pm|
|f360driver||Route Climbed: Jamapa Glacier Date Climbed: 3/17/04|
|My two friends and I planned the entire trip on our own. This was our first high altitude climb and we are happy to say we did it un-guided. Awesome experience. Check out my trip report " A learning experience of epic proportion."|
|Posted Apr 14, 2004 6:27 pm|
|esugi||Route Climbed: Jamapa Glacier Date Climbed: February 21, 2004|
|Left P.G. at 2 am and summited just before 9 am. First time summitter (we turned back around last year just short of the crater rim due to high winds!) We were very well acclimitized having climbed Izta just two days before.|
Very calm day with absolutely wonderful weather. Glacier snow was in good condition thanks to the big winter storm few weeks back. I will post a Trip Report soon but feel free to contact me for details.
|Posted Mar 1, 2004 12:33 pm|
|edlins||Route Climbed: Jamapa Glacier Date Climbed: November 28, 2003|
|Almost stopped by a morning storm. Camped high at 15,700 ft just below the labyrinth. Met Roberto Flores on the summit.|
|Posted Feb 22, 2004 3:49 pm|
Date Climbed: Mar 29, 2002
|26 Mar 2005 - Ruta Sur|
Stayed at Hotel Gerar one night and then got a ride up to the refugio the next day. Only slept a few hours before I decided to just get going around one. Was pretty sick from some food I had eaten two nights earlier and the whole Cara Sur was nothing but sand and scree so the going was slow. I reached the summit after slogging for five hours - the wind was fierce at the top and everything was enveloped in clouds. The only day of bad weather my entire trip!
29 Mar 2002 - Glaciar de Jamapa
A grueling climb - reached summit in 8hrs, round trip 13hrs. Altitude was killing me!
|Posted Feb 16, 2004 1:16 pm|
|Brian Jenkins||Route Climbed: Jamapa Glacier Date Climbed: February 9, 2004|
|see trip report|
|Posted Feb 15, 2004 12:46 pm|
|TexasClimber||Route Climbed: Jampa Glacier Date Climbed: January 19, 2004|
|I attempted to summit Orizaba on the morning of January 19, 2004 but only got to about 16,500' or thereabouts. I had 5 teammates. (Lorena, Matt, Ben, Ross, & Madison). Lorena got to 16,000'. The rest of the team (Matt, Ben, Ross & Madison) pushed on to just 300' from the crater but got turned around due to high winds. The mountain is awesome and the Piedre Grande Hut was one of the best I have stayed in. Our local guides "El Oso" and Lupe made the trip well worth our efforts. Orizaba is a big mountain and compared to Rainier, it just goes up and up with not a lot of breaks in climbing. My team's pace was a little to fast for me and I thought we started out late (2:30 AM). I turned around so I wouldn't ruin their summit attempt as I wasn't in the best shape and was already suckin' wind! I am coming back to tag this summit though!|
|Posted Jan 30, 2004 9:04 am|
|climber21||Route Climbed: Jamapa Glacier Date Climbed: January 2004|
|My third attempt to summit and first time i did not realize the summit. It was still a beautiful climb. We started out this time from the town of Hidalgo hiking, because recent snow and mud made it impossible for even 4X4 to make it to Piedra Grande. There was quite a bit of snow even below the trees. We made it to the beginning of the Jamapa Glacier when we turned around because of some mild altitude sickness in our group. Perhaps it was not the best plan to attempt to go from 7,000 feet to over 18,000 in less the 24 hours (although we've done it twice before). It was sad to see the glacier receded quite a bit, but perhaps it is temporary. Great trip all in all. =-)|
|Posted Jan 24, 2004 3:17 pm|