After climbing Popo the day before and since we felt great we decided to go up Ixta. I thought it was much more varied and the huts were, shall we say, "interesting" to have a look in but we were glad we didn't have to stay in them. After a couple of days rest we would then do Orizaba. Beautiful country.
Very nice weather made this climb more pleasant than Orizaba.
Attempted 1/19/2007 - turned back at the Knees.
Summited 2/22/2008 in partial whiteout
I climbed Ixta with SP member Deungsan. I put the info in the Plans and Parter section and he responded. We climbed pretty well together considering we had never seen or spoke to each other, the only communication we had was through the internet. Very long day with alot of ups and downs on some very loose scree. Started at Alzomoni Lodge and returned to our ride at La Joya. Round trip was 15 very long hours.
This was a long day. We started from the Altzomoni hut near La Joya at just after midnight. We got back to La Joya at 4:00 in the afternoon. There's a lot of up & down and loose nasty stuff along the way. This was my second climb of Izta. I felt great but it didn't get any easier!
To bad my partner was sooooo sick... not enough chile sauce to kill those nasty bacteria I assume !
Great sunset over the valley and terrific views of Popocatepetl
Great climb but be prepared for two down sections before the final summit. Only needed crampons. Didn't need axe or rope.
I climbed Ixta via the Ayoloco Glacier in 2004. We carried our bivy gear up and descended the standard route. There was a fantastic taco stand at the base too.
Amazing climb - and long. And which was the summit point? We went to three different points that were all the same elevation!
I had beautiful day on the mountain after four awful days of wind and snow. The wind shifted and i got hit with Popo's smoke and sulfer, almost puked for an hour straight.
Walked to all "three" summits just to be sure!
My reasoning on doing Izta instead of Popo was: it would be easier to find someone to go to Mexico again to climb Popo! Of course I didn't know Popo was going to become active again later that year. Hopefully Popo will settle down while I'm still young enough to climb it. In the meantime I will do Izta again!
Nice climb... we climbed in 3 days then went to Orizaba for a 2fer. Great weather and awesome views of smoking Popocatepetl.
With ten others members of the Orem, UT, Serac Mountaineering Club, reached the wind-swept summit on a day of hard-core winds, unrelenting and sometimes vicious. Still, the experience was enjoyable in spite of a fall on the trail by one member during the ascent and one individual getting lost on the descent. By eleven p.m. all were back, safe and sound. We had camped at the "hut" and everyone was at the summit in less than 4 hours. This was our acclimatization hike for the attempt later in the week on Orizaba. We all reached the summit of Orizaba two days later.
Great climb with my buddy Frank:) We were dropped off by a cab and starting hiking immediately. We ended up setting up camp around 13,500+ feet. Moved camp the following day to 15,000ft and the hut. We only saw one other guy on the route - which was really nice. The following morning we went for the summit and only met one guided group on the top from Cali (small world)! Then hiked all the way out and were lucky enough to find a VERY nice younger couple to give us a ride out:)
by how many locals just walk up this thing as if it were a bump in the road! Although it's crowded on the weekend, the bonus is the lady selling beer and tacos at the trailhead...
Great experience! Fantastic Weather.
Had another enjoyable climb of Izta... as always my luch held out and the weather was god despite the season. I had forgotten both how heavy a climb this was, and how enjoyable... an incredible mountain to say the least with plenty to offer in terms of mountain experiences.
A stark contrast to Orizaba in terms of terrain. 24 hours on the mountain with my girl Debbie. Tent camped 100m up the trail from La Joya on a bench amidst grazing cattle. 3:15am to 8:10am summit the next morning. Delicious $1 tacos from a stall at La Joya after the climb were priceless. Glacier is dying; no technical gear was required in the conditions we found. We never even took our axes off or our crampons out of our packs. A brief class 3 scramble was enjoyable and seemed unavoidable. Orizaba, Teotihuacan and Mexico City urban and historic districts were also part of this trip.
this was an incredible experience! jamie nellis and i spent three days climbing this wonder for acclimization purposes, and every moment of it will be stored in my mind for a very long time.
climb iztaccihuatl when she's covered in snow, the scree wasn't too pleasant to say the least.
On December 27, we woke up early and attempted a day-hike to the Ixta summit. It was a very interesting climb involving rock scrambling, cramponing, hiking up steep scree slopes, etc. Class 3 rock scrambling seemed strange while wearing plastic boots at an elevation of around 16,000 feet. After reaching a false summit in mid-morning, we looked down on the "belly glacier". We stopped to put on crampons and headed across the glacier. After crossing the glacier, we took off our crampons and made the final push to the summit (17,300 feet).
From the summit, we took some pictures of Popocatepetl (17,900 feet) erupting. Popo has been off-limits for several years due to its frequent eruptions.
Here are some pictures from the trip: