Iztaccihuatl Climber's Log

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seancau - Sep 2, 2016 5:40 pm Date Climbed: Nov 9, 2015

The Sleeping Lady  Sucess!

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.


seano - Jan 1, 2016 5:32 pm Date Climbed: Dec 26, 2015

Standard route  Sucess!

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.


wkatm - Nov 13, 2015 5:30 pm Date Climbed: Nov 11, 2015

AMS on the Arista...

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.


MadGrad96 - Oct 9, 2015 8:19 am

Fun stuff!   Sucess!

Glad I made time for this one. Gorgeous area!


Eleutheros - Mar 26, 2015 1:59 pm Date Climbed: Mar 21, 2015

Sunrise On the Summit  Sucess!

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.


shknbke - Jan 4, 2015 11:02 pm Date Climbed: Dec 30, 2014

La Arista del Sol  Sucess!

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.

Renews - Jan 1, 2015 8:37 pm Date Climbed: Dec 3, 1982

Normal Route - Ixta  Sucess!

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.


Monster5 - Nov 9, 2014 6:29 pm Date Climbed: Nov 22, 2012

summit  Sucess!

Thanksgiving climb (date might be off). Trail runner conditions.

Ted Bauer

Ted Bauer - Apr 30, 2014 5:53 pm Date Climbed: Apr 24, 2014

Great Mountain

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.


Kiefer - Feb 19, 2014 1:17 pm Date Climbed: Feb 8, 2014

Walking Route  Sucess!

...with Sarah and Senad.

Senad Rizvanovic

Senad Rizvanovic - Feb 12, 2014 10:34 pm Date Climbed: Feb 8, 2014

La Arista del Sol  Sucess!

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.

Sarah Simon

Sarah Simon - Feb 10, 2014 11:02 am Date Climbed: Feb 8, 2014

La Arista del Sol  Sucess!

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.

Cloud Ocean

Cloud Ocean - Jan 30, 2014 2:11 pm Date Climbed: Dec 12, 2012

A long but gorgeous hike  Sucess!

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.

bcrowell2 - Jan 12, 2014 3:46 pm Date Climbed: Jan 8, 2014

fun  Sucess!

Fun climb of the Arista del Sol route with Rich Kim. Day hike from Altzomoni. Seems to me that the crux on this route is the "knees" -- we found these confusing to navigate through, and ended up sketched out in a couple of places. A scenic and varied route.


Kevintheclimber - Dec 27, 2013 11:36 pm Date Climbed: Nov 25, 2013

glorious climb   Sucess!

a great acclimatization climb for orizaba. Encountered a lot more snow that we expected, but posed no problems. Generally an enjoyable and non technical climb/hike in the high altitude


vanman798 - Dec 4, 2013 10:20 pm Date Climbed: Nov 30, 2013

November 30, 2013  Sucess!

Dropped off at La Joyita, November 29, 2013. Spent the evening at the run down hut, "slept" on the picnic table. Hiking by 3:00 am. Got to hut by 6:00 am, and summit by 10:15 am. Returned to La Joya by 3:30 pm. Scenic hiked. No need for crampons or axe.


Deb - Nov 30, 2013 9:39 pm Date Climbed: Nov 23, 2013

La Arista del Sol  Sucess!

Cold with lots of low clouds, then eventual graupel pummeling on descent. I truly enjoyed doing most of this volcano solo and passing lots of men. HAHA! More fun than Orizaba for sure! "Easy" day hike with great snow conditions, never even put on crampons but I saw plenty of guys who did.


yadahzoemtn - Sep 15, 2013 9:14 am Date Climbed: Dec 3, 2007

Windy  Sucess!

Sporting the biggest shiner ever. I was sprinting to get out of the way of a rolling rock, fell face down and came up with one big bad black eye.


B-Grooms - Mar 23, 2013 11:55 pm Date Climbed: Feb 13, 2013

Success  Sucess!

This was my first summit on a trip climbing Ixtaccihuatl and El Pico de Orizaba in 9 days. Great climb, a lot different than Orizaba, nice approach to high camp at 15,000 ft. Beautiful country, got acclimated on a hike and sleep at 10,000 ft two nights before on La Malinche. Great climb. Popo was giving a show the entire time with rumbling and smoke throughout the days.


ncst - Dec 12, 2012 2:06 pm Date Climbed: Dec 9, 2012

Solo up Ayoloco glacier  Sucess!

Took the bus Saturday morning from Puebla to Cholula, from there the combi to Xalixintla. After walking for an hour with some pilgrims (they walk to Basilica Guadelupe in Mexico city) I got a ride to paso de cort├ęs. Then walked to La Joyita (2h), from there to the refugio a the bottom of the glacier (5h). Next morning up the glacier on to the summit (3h), down the arista del sol. Lots of people on the mountain, great weather, great shots of Popos fumarolas.

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