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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

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

splattskiPerfect day with great friends  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 26, 2008


My daughter and I had a great day with LC, Oso, the Spanish, and the Colorado girls.
Trip report
Posted Nov 29, 2008 4:46 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

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