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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 cortés. 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.
I managed to the volcano after talking a few students from Cuenavaca to rent a car with me. Everyone hiked up to the hut and I went on to the summit the following morning. It was a great climb with a beautiful night skyline of DF's lights.
Fantastic last climb of the three big volcanoes including Popo and Orizaba. We had to fast head down to avoid lightning from an incoming storm.
Bad case of altitude sickness, but managed to pull through. Very pretty place. Climbed before Orizaba
Took 3 days...packed into the Grupo de los Cien hut and camped. Climbed to the summit and camped again before heading out. After Pico de Orizaba this peak was easy lol!
Left the Grupo de los Cien hut at 2am under cloudless and windless skies. The routefinding up to the knees was a little tricky in the dark, but not too bad - just look for paint marks and cairns. We used crampons and axes right from the hut.
From the knees the route was relatively straightforward although we were breaking trail since no one had been up since the last storm.
I really enjoyed this climb since it's so different than the standard volcano slog for thousands of feet up a snowfield or glacier. Great views of the city lights on the way up and the sunrise from the summit. This was our second climb of the trip after La Malinche and before Pico de Orizaba.
Great views of Popo and of Orizaba in the morning. We were a little ambitious with our aclimatization so by the time we completed the traverse we all had symptons of altitude sickness...good learning experience for all. We should have stayed at the hut but opted to do the longer trek from the parking lot, hence we had a 17 hour day.
just shy of summit.... popo was smoking away in the early dawn, just amazing
After few days on Orizaba climbing Ixta was a kind of pleasure. Hiked from Paso de Cortez up to 4600 meters and camped in a tent below the hut. Next day climbed to the top as the first climbers that day: nice views, very strong wind (made my camera frozen).
Not knowing which one is the highest climbed all the three possible 'true' summits.
Got drunk in Amecameca that day.
Climbed with Radek (brade).
This Volcano is amazing, nothing like other volcanos or mountains! When you are approaching you can truly see the shape of the sleeping woman (the true meaning of Iztaccihuatl is "White Woman"). I got some AMS because of the change of altitude. We drove all night from Monterrey City which is at 500mts AMSL (and about 1000km away) and by 7pm of the next day we were camping at 4,700mts AMSL so I got the head ache of my life, had to drink a lot of water and relax with the beautiful sight of Puebla at night. By 5am we started walking to the summit and got there at 10:30am, there was barely no ice on the way, just a few meters on the "belly" glacier but it has almost no slope (our guide didn't even wore crampons...). It's a shame that this glacier it's almost gone, if I ever have sons I would love to take them there but I'm afraid there won't be any ice left.