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.
A beautiful day with great friends. This was part of a new years assault on the Mexican volcanoes from Dec. 30 - Jan 10. This was the last of the 4 volcanoes we targeted on the trip. It took us roughly 12.5 hours as we got lost above the Grupo los Cien hut during the night and winded up on some class 4 and lower class 5 terrain. Needless to say we were relieved once we found the regular route after some sketchy climbing on loose rock high up on the knees.
Great view. Stayed overnight at the hut at 15k. Makes the summit easier. Still a long way on the ridge.
Hiked up & down the standard route via Las Ciens hut 19 (between the feet and the 1st knee). Took us about 12 hours for the around trip from the radio/TV station hostel. Beautiful views!
Ascent of the normal route with my friends Herman de Backer and jerome Mison, following the arisat del sol from Las Ciens refuge in just 3Hrs, excellent conditions up there.
We went up to the summit (5222m according GPS with 543 hpa in barometric pressure) but also realized, there are in fact 3 different tops, which is not often mentionned. We climbed all of them in 30/35 minutes, and checked with GPS , they all quote the same height of 5222m.
This was part of a 8 days programs combining also Citlatepelt / Orizaba.
We were joined by our guides Roberto Flores and Javier, who perfectly managed and organized our trip with plenty of sightseeing besides ckimbing (Museum of Antropology, Guadalupe in mexico, Puebla, Cholula and of course Teotihuacan). I strongly recommend their service for such trips.
The glacier on izta is very limited in size and no crevasse at all was visible.
It seems likely glaciers there will further diminish.
Turned around at the knees, was feeling unusually cold, only way I can describe it is it felt like a knife cutting through my clothes and underneath my skin. I had been sick and was taking medicine I hadn't taken before, maybe it affected my circulation? Who knows. This was an acclimitization climb for Orizaba, but we got weathered in at the hut on Orizaba, so no luck for me on this trip. But the volcanoes will be there and I'll be back some day...
I had the mountain all to myself on Easter Sunday. I climbed as a dayhike without piolet / crampons after spending two nights acclimatizing at the pass. Cody The Dog made it to his first (and only?) 5000m summit. !!!Que Barbaro!!!
Due to buddy's altitude sickness and high winds, our summit day was delayed one day. Met many nice people at the mountain--a wonderful place. I think I was the only one to summit that day because the people we were with went to the shorter one on the NE corner of the summit glacier. I went to both and thought the SE peak was higher. Close enough, I guess.
For a number of reasons, we didn't make it to the summit. Mike Robbin and I attempted a one day ascent. I just barely passed 16,000 feet on the knees before turning around. This is a gorgeous mountain. I'll be back some day. Here is the Trip Report
I returned January 12, 2017 and was successful.
Trip Report with photos
We'd planned to go from La Jollita to the Ayoloco Hut and ascend the Ayoloco Glacier but got off route in thick clouds. We traversed the rock field to the Grupo de los Cien hut and ascended the following day via The Knees. Summit day was cold and clear.
The most interesting volcano I've ever climbed and I'm from the Pacific NW. Highest i had been till the next week on Pico. Not very technically challenging but great first high altitude climb. Found a roach in the hut and treated myself to quite the "high" experience
I went from Puebla to the Grupo de los Cien hut on the first day, got there at 3pm and went up another hour to acclimatize and see the route. Left the next day at 7am to reach the summit at 10.30am. No clouds and great views untill 10.15. Saw nobody during those two days. Had to walk
back to Paso de Cortez! Had them with me but didn't use crampons nor ice-axe.
The most interesting volcano I've ever climbed and I'm from the Pacific NW. Highest i had been till the next week on Pico. Not very technically challenging great first high altitude climb. Found a roach in the hut and treated myself to quite the "high" experience
The pechas are gigantic!