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CheeseburglarMexico Spring Break  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 9, 2008


A bit breezy, not a good day for working on the tan.
Real nice climb.
Posted Aug 21, 2009 1:00 pm

7summitsWonderful and quiet  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2009


June is not really season, which makes it great. Hut empty, nobody on the mountain. We had already slept at paso de Cortez and had been in mexico for a few weeks, which makes a difference in acclimatizing.

First day to the hut and light acclimatisation hike.
Second day hike up to the glacier in daylight to scout the route, which is confusing at times, but many possibilities, as long as you go up... 3rd day, on eother climber (Anabella from Spain) arrived with a guide and we ascended together. Leave at 2AM for summit, summit at about 7.30, enjoy the views for half an hour and back down at 10am.

Very recommended mountain, easily accessible and no permit or hut fees. You do need some basic glacier experience, or bring/hire a local guide.
Posted Jun 22, 2009 4:48 pm

GrampahawkA mountain to far
Date Climbed: Jan 7, 2009


We did La Malinche first to get acclimitized. That was easy and went well. Unfortunately we missed our bus to get to Tlaclica (spelling?)and lost a day. So we got on the mountain and had to go up the same day in order to make out flights home. Our team of 6 got split up. One decided not to attempt it. She was replaced with a woman from Austria who's partner had AMS. Three of the guys had later flights so opted for an additional rest day. So 3 of us went up. Things went well until I twisted my knee just as I was getting to the Labyrinth. I tried going on but it was too painful. Turns out I tore a Miniscus. I'll have to go again! to knock this one off the list.
Posted May 29, 2009 5:08 pm

ivyonupTallest Peak to Date
Date Climbed: Mar 13, 2008


Got to the ridge line but was not able to reach the summit. Regardless, it was worth it and I was proposed to at the top (I said yes!). Beautiful views.
Posted May 4, 2009 9:36 am

centrifugeJamapa Glacier  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 18, 2009


As a first international climb I could not have dreamed of a more successful and beautiful trip!
Posted Apr 5, 2009 4:44 pm

JB99Jamapa  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 18, 2009


2nd attempt, got turned back just above the labyrinth in January 09 due to weather. Returned with an added team member; Centrifuge and he and I made the summit. My fiance Jessica made 17,400 before turning around. Trip report here; http://www.summitpost.org/trip-report/502179/Climbing-Orizaba-with-Nan.html
Posted Mar 31, 2009 8:18 pm

PablohoneyStandard route  Sucess!


It was some time ago, but a great climb, lots of traffic trashing the huts and surrounding area, hope it's been cleaned up since I was there!
Posted Mar 27, 2009 6:36 pm

SawtoothSeanGood Weather  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 3, 2009


Climbed alone on a really nice late season day. Started at 3am, summitted at 8:20am, and was back to the hut at 11:30am. I saw only the Swiss guys that were in the hut. I never needed my Down jacket and only experienced cold on the glacier. The summit was windless and sunny. Still, my water froze up even in a bottle cozy, and I had to warm up my camera batteries. The glacier wasn't steep, but just long and never ending. Looking into the volcano crater was pretty amazing.
Posted Feb 24, 2009 12:17 am

jef80Standard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 19, 2008


Great day with some cool SPers. Not much snow up there though.
Posted Feb 3, 2009 3:56 pm

Lips74AMS on Orizaba
Date Climbed: Jan 6, 2009


Climbed stronger than I had my entire Mexico trip but came down with AMS for the first time at 17,300ft. on the Jamapa Glacier. This was an extremely frustrating end to an otherwise enlightening trip. Thanks to my summit team who aided my descent. I will be returning next year.
Posted Feb 3, 2009 5:06 am

Date Climbed: Jan 25, 2009


Was not able to make the summit due to HAPE at over 16,000 ft. Conditions were very snowy, had crampons on from piedra grande. Cold on the mountain, we all had our down coats on at camp. Trip report coming soon!
Posted Jan 26, 2009 9:29 am

Mike McJamapa Glacier  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 5, 2009

Mike Mc

Bluebird Day!
Posted Jan 21, 2009 9:46 pm

benhilBenhil  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 28, 2008


Wonderfull climb on Mexico's last ice, Hilde (my wife) was in an excellent shape and we did a fantastic 9 hour trip from hut to hut.
We had the great Lupe as a guide and he and his friends from Orizaba Mountain Guides are highly recommended!!!
Posted Jan 19, 2009 9:14 am

MikeAndMarianneEpic Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 5, 2009


My wife and I climbed Orizaba. This is the highest weve gone to date. The weather was perfect! The views outstanding. We went with Colorado Mountain School. There were two guides and two teams from our expedition. It was tough, but after 15 hours, we made it back down, having successfully making it to the summit!!
Posted Jan 10, 2009 4:56 pm

leftyNew Years Day Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 1, 2009


What a terrific way to ring in the new year by climbing the Jamapa Glacier. Perfect weather and good conditions made for a great climb.
Posted Jan 5, 2009 7:14 pm

LCa great climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 26, 2008


Couldn't have asked for better weather. As someone else climbing down said, you could have lit a match on the summit that day.
Posted Jan 2, 2009 9:51 pm

skottyA good 1st high altitude peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 22, 2008


First peak above 14k+ ft. A great first high altitude peak a great first international peak. Not too technical in either respect but a great experience.
Posted Dec 29, 2008 12:59 pm

Mots010Standard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 17, 2008


A fun big peak that is easily accessible and cheap! Conditions are icy through the labyrinth and the Jamapa Glacier is hard, but good for cramponing. Not good for self arrest however, so dont fall!
Posted Dec 24, 2008 8:46 pm

alphasteveTrip of a Life time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 20, 2008


Made it to the mountain via car from Utah. 4700 miles of driving, every second of driving totally worth it. Would have been better for my buddies to have more than 2 days to acclimate. Labrynth is not that complicated. Just look for good snow or ice and it is cake. The Glacier just never ends. so high. so awesome.
Posted Dec 24, 2008 2:18 am

Curtissimo2nd time was a charm  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 26, 2006


8 days away from having another baby, i left my wife and drove up to the village of Hidalgo where I parked my Rodeo with locals ($5/day) and walked up the 4WD route to avoid the racket in Tlachichuca. Planning ahead, not rushing, and scouting the route the day before (plus tagging along with a hard-of-hearing Angeleno, a suave Catalan, and an iron-lunged EspaƱola also helped).

Trick to beating elevation is peacful inner thoughts, lots of water, and consistent deep breathing. Very windy along crater ridge but serene on top. I have never been colder anywhere else I have been!
Posted Dec 20, 2008 5:35 pm

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