First of 3 volcanoes tagged in 5 days. I thought the altitude was gonna "get" me, but I felt fine considering I hadn't been over 13,000' in 2 months. Decent amount of snow on ridge to the summit. Clouds obscured some of the view, but I was more interested in WHY there were 2 dogs up there. Good acclimating hike for Izta and Orizaba.
Also reached the top the 15 August 2009, but via de alternate route, which, I agree, was easier. I took all the shortcut trails through the forest I could this time, no need to follow the paved road, untill you see a sign for the second time saying '-> La Cima'.