A couple of days on the Peak!
I climbed this wonderful mountain after first climbing La Malinche. In low visibility conditions got twisted around and wound up descending the glacier route. Thank goodness for crampons.
Kessler and I had planned to climb Iztaccíhuatl over two days, spending one night at the Albergue/Altzomoni Lodge. We made the fateful decision to leave the tent back in Amecameca, which was a big mistake!
Since we were only planning on an acclimatization hike today, we arrived at the La Joya Trailhead late morning. It was there that we found out that in order to stay in the lodge, we had to get the key back in Amecameca! Since we were supposed to meet friends in two days, we didn't have time to go back and get it! (Later we found out that we may have been able to retrieve a key at Paso de Cortes?).
We contemplated sleeping under the stars or up at one of the huts, but we had brought our suitcase with us. We didn't want to leave it out in the open. We found a place to hide much of what we had and started up the mountain.
The weather was perfect, but with a bit of wind and we made our way quickly up the mountain. We made it up to "The Knees" a.k.a. "Las Rodillas" at about 5000 meters before it was time to turn back. The Knees is only about 200 meters lower than the main summit, but it would have been a long walk to get there. We did well considering the very late start. There was a little snow around, but not that much.
We descended back down the mountain to La Joya, where we caught a ride back down to Amecameca in the back of a very crowded pickup. It wasn't comfortable, but we were very grateful for the ride.
The three of us hiked from the La Joyita and were lucky to have the hut to ourselves (standard route). The lights from Mexico City through the windows of the hut were a fantastic treat as we anxiously set for the night.
Alpine start at 3am and we slowly, but surely made it to the top of Izta after the sunrise and were the only one to summit that day. Izta saw an unusual amount of snow this year, so we found ourselves blazing the trail through the somewhat deep snow passed the false summits. And at 17,000+, boy, does it make a difference. Even flat areas took some effort to leave behind.
Was cold during the night and we were melting under the strong sun on the glacier on the way back all the way to the La Joyita.
Was this worth it? Every step, every heavy breath, every cold finger. Must climb for all!
Summit Equipment: crampons, ice axe, helmet, head lamp, 2L of water, one trekking pole.
Climbed to the first of the three peaks on the Crater rim. A long route with huge elevation gain (over 6000 feet), but absolutely stupendous views of glaciers, jagged spires, and a steam-belching Popocatepetl volcano a few miles away.
Summited he first sub summit Las Rodillas to acclimatize for Orizaba
Nice climb & much cheaper to do than Orizaba, no 4x4 ride needed. Again got lucky with the weather - beautiful clear summit. Crampons weren't necessary on the glacier.
Up the standard route in about 4 hours on a calm, sunny day. There was absolutely no snow, and the glacier is low-angle enough to cross in shoes or microspikes; the hard-packed dirt is trickier. A fun, moderate day with great views. Trip report.
Made it past the second rodilla, to the glacier, before being overcome by the effects of altitude that had been steadily worsening since the night prior. It was my first time over 15K feet, and I maybe should have taken more time to acclimatize. Decided I didn't want to vomit my way to the summit, and still basically vomited my entire way down. No regrets... hard lesson learned, and the view was still extraordinary.
Glad I made time for this one. Gorgeous area!
A perfect day with bright stars, dramatic high clouds, sunshine and Popo emitting large clouds of smoke. I had the entire summit(s) to myself at sunrise, and made coffee from the rime ice on the crosses. What an unforgettable moment. The air was clearer than I've ever seen in Mexico.
A storm about a week prior to the climb left snow on the mountain to all the way below the La Joya TH. We had to pack in the last couple miles. The snow was very firm in the morning. Crampons and ice axe were mandatory once on the ridge traverses, but the snow softened up by early afternoon. 10.5 hours round trip.
Finished Thanksgiving (turkey tacos) rafting trip on Moctezuma River at Tamazunchale and headed for volcanoes. Camped somewhere around 14K. Got up during night too early (read watch wrong), hid my camp gear, and started walk up. Realized it was too early when I got to high hut with no sign of light. Proceeded to stomp around in hut for several hours with a bivy sac over my head to keep warm. Wondered what anyone would have thought had they walked into the hut and seen me doing that routine. Got going again with first light. No problems other than splitting headache which was abetted by my inadequate water supply. Stuck it out through false summits. Nice and clear on top.
Thanksgiving climb (date might be off). Trail runner conditions.
Made it to the top of the knees before storm clouds came in and we decided to go down. Safety first, but I am still kicking myself for not pushing on.
...with Sarah and Senad.
Iztaccihuatl climb were more than i expected, beautiful day with good friends, and weather was fantastic too. Second time in Mexico and another great trip.
We got a nice 01:30 start from the La Joya TH. Some steep going once past the higher hut. The sunrise toward Orizaba, Sierra Negra and La Malinche was pretty amazing - even if the blood-red hue was due to air pollution. This mountain serves up more "bang for the buck" than I thought! I had a great time and was good and tired by the time I got to the hotel in Mexico City.
Climbed over two days, with an overnight at the Grupo de los Cien hut. The hike was long and lovely, with no wind, clear skies, and fantastic views of Popo and Orizaba. A wonderful red/orange sunrise illuminated Orizaba and bathed Izta in glowing colors. Very memorable and highly recommended.