I left Puebla early on Saturday morning for Tlachichuca (54 pesos). From there I took a shared taxi to San Miguel Zoapan (10 pesos). Walked through the fields in 1 hour to Miguel Hidalgo. From there to refugio Piedra Grande in 3 hours. Refugio filled up completely and there were some ten tents pitched outside. Left on Sunday morning at 3 am to reach the summit at 7:30 am. Great view, many people from the ruta sur there. Ice in the labyrinth, glacier was perfect, ice not to hard, hardly any wind. Descent in 3 hours. Started walking back from the refugio, then got a ride all the way to Tlachichuca.
After a nice drive from Juarez down through DF we ended up at the base of Pico de Orizaba. We drove within a mile or so of the hut then finished hiking in. Met a mixed group of climbers from Seattle and Anchorage. Hit the summit the next morning and then headed to the beach the following day in Veracruz. Great trip
After acclimitization on Popo and overnight at a high hut we all made it but separated into two groups, the slower staying with a member who I felt should never have come up because of a persistant cough that had developed. He was very stubbornly wanting to summit and did, later, after some of us quickly decended due to an incoming storm. I'll never forget hearing and almost feeling my iceaxe zinging where I'd stowed it between my back and daysack. I prayed the rest of the gang up on the summit would not be hit as I almost ran down the peak. Fantastic experience.
With Matthew Sharples. Absolutely memorable memories-stayed with a good friend and biology student in mexico city, then we got to stay with a local Mexican family at the base of Pico de Orizaba, (they had a vacation home there), they even drove us up pretty close to the piedre grande hut for free in their truck. As well as taking us out to the Casa Blanca, it was their treat. What a generous kind family!! It was a joy to have experienced such authentic cultural exchanges vs. the standard disengaged tourist planned routine that most climbers do.
Dayhiked from Piedre Grande hut, summit experience was enhanced by a special "summit ritual" of some local climbers I shared the summit with. We barely were able to understand each other, but we they still managed to get me involved in their ritual and we ended up laughing, celebrating, and taking pictures/videos. The summit ritual was pouring snow on top of my bare head while I kneel down on one knee with hand on ice axe. Surreal and amazing experience and great bonding time with the locals! What a special treat to have experienced this. We then descended Pico de Orizaba to the east, down the jungles and hitched a ride with some locals down the many jungle towns back to Orizaba. The rest of my trip I toured the beautiful mexican Pacific coast to scout out future kayaking trips.
Fantastic climb on N. Americas 3rd highest! after a couple days to acclimate at the hut at 14,000 feet.
One day ascent from Piedra Grande after acclimitizing on La Malinche and Iztaccihuatl. We left the hut at 1am with perfect conditions that continued all the way to the summit.
Following the trail up to the labyrinth and making our way through the labyrinth in the dark wasn't too dificult (we actually took a worse route on the way down in full daylight). The lower glacier was a little sloppy even though it was still dark out, but conditions improved the higher up we went.
The sun came up just before we made the crater rim and began a spectacular day with perfect weather and no wind. We took a few pictures at the summit and headed down for a 10-hour RT.
Went with two single guys that wanted to party and not acclimate (Steve and Jeff). Made 16,000 ft. not prepared, another time. Had a great time though, Veracruz was awesome.
Much more straight forward than I imagined. The only difficult part was the altitude.
With Blair F from PG - Espolon de Oro up, Jamapa Glacier down
And then a descent into a remote east side canyon and to the tropics.
Had great weather, the only downside was a trip to a not so good Mexican Taco stand a few days before. Yikes!
Made it to 17,000 feet on the Jamapa Glacier. Ezra Danciu summited. Not sure if I was getting altitude sickness or just wiped out from little sleep camping just below the Labrynth the previous night. Lots of snow the week before our arrival as well. Senor Reyes was scheduled to pick up us at 3PM and I just didn't have the pace to get up and back in time. Met a couple cool guys from Minnesota though and WILL be back one day for redemption!
Perfect weather to climb this great mountain.
Third time's the charm.
Took the straight route up to top, just between Jamapa Glacier and Espolon del Oro, where the face is the steepest. Six hours to the top from Piedra Grande. Nice to be the only climbers on the mountain that day.
Perfect views from the top. The crater rim is really impressive.
Climbed with Radek (brade).
This was my second 5,000er (Izta was my first). I really enjoyed it, this volcano has beautiful sights and the weather was just amazing. We started at 1am and got to the summit a couple of hours after sunrise. It was a december 12th which is a religious holiday in Mexico (Virgin Guadalupe's day) so plenty of people was at the top with almost no gear!!, I felt almost ridiculous with mine but they climbed thru the south face route which is far easier with almost no ice. We hired the services of Mr. Joaquin Canchola for accommodation in Tlachichuca and transport to Piedra Grande's Hut, he knows a lot about the mountain and he's pretty easy going if you don't mind some swearing :P
Not recommended unless you enjoy the following:
1) Sleepless nights
2) Heinous gas
A steady 20 mph wind from the start of the glacier to the summit. Except for some reason not the last 50 steps or so. No even the slightest breeze at the summit proper. Took some pictures had a bit to eat adjusted my gear and enjoyed the summit all to myself for 15 minuets - the warmest I had been all day. Was tempting not to nap.
windy and cold, otherwise pretty straight forward.