Had a great climb with beautiful weather. Set a personal high camping record of 14800' at the first portillo. Attempted the Los Pies auxillary summit but ran out of daylight on our initial acclimitization climb. Wasn't exactly sure which of the two high points on the breast was the true summit so we tagged them both and the altimeter only read 10 feet difference. Spectacular views of the neighboring Popo's continuous eruption.
I loved the trip on the Izta. I head problems sleeping in the hut due to the height. But finally (with the help of an Aspirin :-) i managed to sleep a few hours and get up to the top the next day. I can really recommend this trip.
did the first paraglider flight from the summit by myself
I started from the microwave station/tower, traverse west on one of the lower trails below the false summits until Ayoloco hut. From the hut, ascend straight up to the summit. Roundtrip from microwave station: 9 hours.
As with most people, this was our first experience with altitude above 15,000ft. What I would do if I was to do it again would be this: Spend the night at either Paso de Cortes, or La Joya. We stayed in Amecameca, & then early in the morning got a ride to the trailhead (La Joya), then hiked to the Esperanza Lopez Mateos hut. The next day only 2 out of 5 of us were able to reach the summit. This was nothing more than a high altitude hike, but respect the altitude, especially if it's your first time. Once you reach the knees, the angle lessens, but there are many false summits. It was a good experience.
My first "big" mountain was Ixta. Fairly straight forward climbing. A few areas required scrambling. No crampons or ice axe needed. To my surprise and delight I had absolutely no problems with altitude.