a very enjoyable climb. I owe it to my friend Deb for motivating me to go and climb this mountain, and I am very happy to have had this oportunity to climb with such a wonderfull companion.
Started very early, and watched sunrise from the summit ridge.
Climbed it twice in 3 days. (3hrs 56min) Had a great time with a bunch of new friends from SP. Perfect weather and perfect full moon. Didnt even need my headlamp.
Climbed with Guilty, but not really, since I left the very noisy Piedra Grande Hut at 12:45 AM and Guilty didn't hit the trail 'til 4 AM. Nonetheless, he was on the summit within 30 minutes of my arrival up there and then proceeded to beat me down to the hut. Clear skies, but freezing wind chill factor. No altitude symptoms and up and down in 10 hours. Most excellent, SWEET adventure.
With Joe Akeem. Beautiful easy route on a stunning peak, though next time I'd acclimatise for another day before the summit push...rarely have i felt so sick on a mountain
With Dan Bailey in 9 hrs round trip from the hut. Fantastic weather, perfect conditions.
Left at 4am, and took a great digitial video of the whole route, especially the sunrise and inside the crater. I was back by 10:45am. This was my second time up the mountain. Met some wonderful climbers and locals. That was the best part, eating there food and watching them climb in there street clothes.
Very nice solo climb, the night was beautiful and the weather perfect. There was some snowfall a day before, and the snow was somewhat deeper in the summit cone, but still in very good cramponing condition.
It took me 7 hours and 30 minutes up to the summit and back down to the hut.
This was my first international climbing trip. It was easy to organize. We stay at Senior Reyes and had a good experience. We were in Mexico for only 6 days. I wish we had more time to acclimate. I had quite the headache at 18,000 feet on summit day.
Climbed the mountain with an excellent local guide (Roberto Flores Rodroguez) during a 4 day window in a business trip. We had the mountain to ourselves, but there was a lot of soft, unconsolidated snow. As a consequence we 'summited' in the Kanchenjunga sense, i.e. we reached the crater rim, but declined to do the last few yards along unconsolidated snow to the pile of metal at the 'true' summit. A great route - and I would also recommend the Limons in Tlachichuca for excellent hospitality and transport.
Well, my new wife and I made it to 17,500' under bluebird skies with no one else on the mountain. AMS started bothering us so we weren't taking any chances and we went down. We had a difficult time finding a route through the glacier polished moraine since it has retreated so much in recent years. This is a great climb, a little different from your typical glacier slog with scrambling, scree and snow sections. Weather is more stable in the winter, but you can get lucky in the summer like we did and not another soul was on the mountain.
Great route. Easy glacier climb.
My 1st big peak. Went pretty smooth. Got a hitch with some Mexican climbers up to the hut. Took a rest day, then summited in 6hrs and were down in 4. Took a nice direct line up the galcier as the conditions were perfect.
nice peak. straightforward. slog up the glacier. how did all the junk get on the summit?
The route is streight forward in the daylight, just follow the ducks. We camped around 15,500 ft, there was almost no snow to melt. Senior Limon provided great service and prices.
Spent one night in Tlachichucha, then drove to Piedra Grande hut arrive around 3:30pm. Spend the night at the hut, hiked to the glacier the next day (1/23), then back to hut. Spend half a night at hut. Summitted at about 10:30am on 1/24/05 via the standard route going up from the hut at Piedra Grande. Woke at 1:00am to cold temperatures and icy conditions, but skies were clear and the summit was visible. Started climbing at 2am. I began w/ mild AMS, but it got better (or at least not worse) as we ascended. Reached the glacier at 16,200' after about 3 hours. Climbed glacier to crater rim, then traversed the rim to the high point. Beautiful summit w/ clear skies and spectacular views. I felt pretty good on the summit. No headache and only mild nausea. Got lost on the way down so it took over 5 hours to descend.
It was a clear windless night. We left high camp on the tongue of the glacier at 4:30 and were on the summit at 9:45. We went directly up the glacier toward a notch that bisects crater rim leading to the summit.
Reached the top in New Year's day 83.
Freakin cold, difficult finding the glacier with the headlamp I rented but very easy climb otherwise. First high altitude climb for me, first solo ascent of a descent mountain. Started at 2AM, 4:45 later on the summit 15 min before sunrise, unforgettable view. Only climber on the mountain that day except a party of two about 5 hours behind me
The route was difficult to find in the night, just look for the "ducks". Crevasses were very small so we didn't rope up. Excellent price and hospitality with Senor Limon.