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Curtissimofailed first attempt
Date Climbed: Dec 31, 1998


Turned back by biting cold, lost time on the icy "lengua" of the glacier, and a lack of foreknowledge of the route. With S. Wilcox & T. Straub of New Haven, CT. Would have to wait 8 years for another shot!
Posted Dec 13, 2008 4:49 pm

ScottyPFirst over 14,500!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 21, 2008


Whew! Great day, great weather and a successful summit! My first time over 14,500 and felt great! TR coming soon. Thanks all for the beta and great reports to fuel my fire! Scott
Posted Nov 23, 2008 4:09 pm

KieferJamapa  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 13, 2008


Yeah! What Rkymtn, Haliku and Chicagotransplant said!
Posted Nov 20, 2008 3:01 pm

rkymtnJamapa Glacier  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 13, 2008


Climbed with chicagotransplant, Haliku, Kiefer Thomas, and two non SPers. The snow conditions were near perfect and we had a full moon to help light the way before dawn. Sunrise provided a phenomenal mountain shadow and some relief from the cold wind. We were the only ones to climb that day and relished in having the mountain to ourselves. This was a very enjoyable climb with great people and amazing views.
Posted Nov 18, 2008 5:01 pm

HalikuVia Jamapa  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 13, 2008


This was the main objective of our 9 day Haliku Adventures trip to Mexico. A full moon climb with a sunrise summit on perfect snow was worth all the work. All six of us made it in good time.

20 Jan 2005
The worst part of this route is what we called the labyrinth, a maze of house sized rock ridges and boulders from the recently retreated glacier. The best advice is to stay on top of or to the left side of the far right ridge at 15,600 feet. Its not fun going but it'll get you to the glacier. The amount of retreat showing in photos from 4-5 years ago is amazing. The glacier will be gone soon if that rate continues.

A detailed trip report can be found here.
Posted Nov 17, 2008 11:52 am

chicagotransplantJamapa Glacier  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 13, 2008


Climbed with Chris (Haliku), Jon (RkyMtn), Kiefer, Barry and Rush as part of a nine day culture and climbing adventure in Mexico. Route was in perfect condition, one step cramponing and good snow into the labyrinth made route finding pretty straight forward. We also had a full moon and barely needed our headlamps at all. Topped out just after sunrise. We stayed with the Limon family and had a great time, such friendly and warm people. My highest summit to date, look forward to more high altitude peaks in the future!
Posted Nov 17, 2008 11:08 am

msihlRoute climbed: Jamapa glacier  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 26, 2008


Me and Christoph took an AU bus from Puebla to Tlachichuca, stayed one night at the Servimont climbing lodge and drove to Piedra Grande hut the next day. We slept there one night after climbing up to 4550 m to leave our tent at the first camp. The next morning we carried supplies (15 l water) to the campsite and scouted the route up to 4900 m. We returned to the camp and slept on 4550 m. On summit day we left camp at 1.30 am and reached the summit via the Jamapa Glacier normal route at 7 to 7.30 am just in time for sunrise. The views and the crater are beautiful! We spent an hour at the summit and returned to camp around 11 am, took a little nap and returned to the hut in time for our scheduled 2pm pickup to return to Tlachichuca. Perfect weather and snow conditions!
Posted Oct 29, 2008 3:42 am

BLongOrizaba  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 17, 2008


Great climb and a great way to end a hiking spree through Guatemala and Mexico!
Posted Oct 6, 2008 11:06 pm

ChristianRodriguezCamping over Jamapa Glacier  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 4, 2007


Me and my guatemalan team decided to make a camping area over the Jamapa Glacier to save time. We sleep over 5000 mts and went for the summit next day. From 5000 mts to 5750 mts we spent 3 hours. Great views, sky totally clear.
Posted Sep 7, 2008 11:26 pm

kevin trieuThanksgiving  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 27, 2007

kevin trieu

2nd time is the charm.
Posted Aug 25, 2008 8:46 pm

amcke004FUN  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 28, 2008


Fun climb uo the Jamapa Glacier. First big climb was alot of fun. Servimont is the best!
Posted Aug 20, 2008 3:23 pm

Date Climbed: Mar 13, 2008


Didn't make it to summit due to poor planning logistically. Made it to the crater rim about 500 ft below the summit and proposed to my fiance.
Posted Aug 5, 2008 8:52 pm

TripoliRickLast of the Big 3
Date Climbed: Dec 22, 1989


This was the third of the big three volcanoes we did (Popo and Ixta). The hut was interesting but got to the top quicker than expected (thanks to the previous two ascents). Has to be one of the easiest big mountains there is (as are Popo and Ixta). Two days before at our hotel in Pueblo someone spray painted "Yankees Go Home" out side. We later found out Reagan had just invaded Panama. Other than that, we loved the country, food, and the people. And I got to spend Christmas eve in Mexico City.
Posted Jul 2, 2008 2:46 am

camartinezOrizaba Video Experience
Date Climbed: Dec 15, 2007


If you want to see what is Orizaba all about with images and videos all together you have to watch the video on you tube...
HereĀ“s our experience on last december 2007.

Posted Jun 9, 2008 9:54 pm

StumblingBearA Grand Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 21, 1973


It took 3 attempts to reach the Piedra Grande Hut from Tlachichuca. Rain storms had kept us back and we finally hiked the last few miles from where the jeep could no longer make progress. By time we reached the snow and stopped to put on crampons my feet were colder than they have ever been. A Mt Travel grooup was ahead of us so it was not difficult following the route and staying out of trouble. We made the summit and it was astounding. We got to enjoy the view for some time before heading back down. No altitude problems and I felt fine after returning to the hut. A Grand climb indeed!!
Posted May 20, 2008 9:27 pm

mmcguiganAwsome Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 14, 2007


Best climb so far. Classic peak with a terrific reward at the top. We skipped the Labyrinth and went straight up to the foot of the glacier. Challenging but worth the effort.
Posted Apr 27, 2008 12:17 am

PocketsOfBlueGreat experience though a bummer
Date Climbed: Jan 31, 2007


Attempted the peak with five friends in January 2007. A combination of poor acclimatization, routefinding difficulties and leadership problems caused us to top out at around 16k feet on a ridge well away from the glacier, where we were forced to turn around. Trip report here: http://www.aleclalonde.com/articles/2007/2
Posted Mar 27, 2008 4:08 pm

astrobassmanCold day.  Sucess!


Only group to make it up that day...everyone else turned around due to high winds and cold. Very satisfying.
Posted Mar 21, 2008 4:21 pm

snowflakeJamapa  Sucess!


Tagged along with a couple of guys from Mexico City when my partner turned back. Great views. Learned to stop bringing PowerBars up to altitude because mine was frozen solid.
Posted Mar 21, 2008 3:52 pm

rleclairFirst 5600 Meter!
Date Climbed: Jan 27, 2008


Great climb up the Jamapa Glacier and first time in the higher elevations other than Colorado's 14ers! Loved it and the experience!
Posted Mar 5, 2008 4:38 pm

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