Six of us used this climb for acclimation as part of a Haliku Adventures Climbing and Culture trip.
17 Jan 2005
A nice day hike. Very similar to climbing a Colorado 14er. The route is straight forward and easy to follow. We went up the far right side and then returned down the sand/scree path on the left. Much easier. A pack of 10 local dogs followed us up from the resort. Three even summited with us!
A detailed trip report can be found here.
Climbed with Chris (Haliku), Jon (RkyMtn), Kiefer, Barry and Rush as part of a nine day culture and climbing adventure in Mexico. Great acclimation peak before attempting the higher volcanoes, reminded me a lot of climbing CO 14ers in summer.
Great easy hike, good prep for Ixta and Orizaba. Easy to access with public transportation. The huts at the base of the hike are really nice (and pretty expensive at around $60-80 a night if I remember)
The last of 5 volcanoes succesfully climbed in Mexico... Great country, rich culture, amazing landscape, really nice people.
That was harder walk for me, my first over 4000m. Amazing views on both sides and me and my boyfriend were the only people here. Pico de Orizaba and Popo with Izta were just performing themselves.
Very nice weather after coming from Colorado in winter. Great mountain on its own...doesn't need to be just an acclimatization climb. Be sure to eat at the restaurant at the park...best meal of the entire trip.
I was the only climber on the mountain on this day. Very pleasant acclimatization climb for Izta and Orizaba.
Started at sunrise and reached the summit by noon with 4 dogs from the Centro Vacacional - they kept me company the whole way. There were clear views and it was surprisingly hot on top (the slopes around the summit were still quite snowy)
This was an acclimation climb for doing Iztaccihuatl a few days later. I recommend this approach for doing the higher volcanoes. Trip report here: http://www.summitpost.org/trip-report/376073/la-malinche.html
... just before heading back to a memorable Mexican new year's party in Puebla.
Great view over Izta, Popo and Orizaba.
Great acclimatization hike with some fun bouldering at the top. Makes for a long day but it's fun. We were hiking up with a pack of dogs and maybe a hundred pilgrims (for the festival of Guadalupe). It was pretty funny that we had all our nice gear, food, and plenty of water while these pilgrims were huffing and puffing in jeans and sneakers carrying liters of coke in their hands and heaving pictures and statues of Guadalupe on their backs!
I summited Malinche with a friend of mine in 2000 for acclimitization prior to attempting Orizaba. Unfortunately my friend slipped in the ash slope leading up to the ridge on the way down and broke his knee. He had to walk all the way down on it. We never made it to Orizaba that year.
Four of us hiked to the summit trailed by our new cainine acquaintance. We were passed by a couple of locals in jeans and flannel shirts (later no shirts) drinking homemade hootch out of Mason jars. Great warm-up for Orizaba.
Good warm up to the others. I made it solo in 6hrs RT from the trailhead at the park. Shared the summit with a stray dog.
Good training for the three big volcanoes, or anything else. Fat mexican women on summit in sandals and sombreros made us feel a little overprepared. We entertain ourselves by picking up discarded trash bags and filling them with trash found in the forest on the way down. Arrive and guard station, 3 guys, 6 full bags of trash. Guard laughs and refuses to allow us to throw it away there. We hang onto it until we return to out hotel room. I am thankful most areas of the US have a different mentality about these things.
Tried a couple of days earlier, but lost the trail in a white-out. Beautiful, cloudless skies on this day, though!
Was a great day and a great acclimitizing hike. Two days prior, I had been at sea level, so I was a bit winded! Was breathtaking to see el Pico de Orizaba for the first time. I had 8 dogs for guides accompany me up the mountain!
Reached the summit in about 4 hours from centro vacaccional IMSS. Very nice weather.
This is a wonderful mountain especially after the holiday season has wound down a bit. Don't forget to treat yourself to some tacos at Julio Cesar's place by the resort when you return.