The clouds started coming in at 16,500, too cold to wait for others, so I didn't see my friends til we all met at camp 4 hours later. Went to the beach later that night.
Sea-level to summit human-powered solo ascent.
Bicycle/trailer ride with all my gear from Veracruz to Coscomatepec, then walked from the humid East side of the volcano, up the Barranca Seca (dry creek) and the NE slopes. This was my first 'high altitude' peak, so I followed acclimatization 'by the book' with camps at 10000', 12000', 13000', 14000', 15000' and 16000'. Other than breathing like crazy, this was an easy climb technically, with the continuous good weather. The magnificent Citlaltépetl volcano fueled my passion for masterpieces of mineral splendor, with its grand and exquisite multi-hued crater.
I was practicing and testing myself for Aconcagua, so after summiting and back to 16000' camp, I returned to the crater rim a couple days later and camped at 18600'. That was awesome and I felt great, so I became a high altitude junkie.
Fantastic Trip. Spent one night camping on the way to Piedre Grande and one night @ the hut. Felt a little nauseous above 15,000', would've spent one more night @ the hut if I had to it again, but made the summit and had a great trip.
Stormed off in 75. Returned in 78. Sr. Reyes at the Antigua Flor arranged transport. We owned the hut and mountain for several days. No crowds back then. Got a midnight start and summited on the 7th. Beautiful day, good snow/ice conditions. First peak over 14K.
Hiked up to about 16K the day before and felt great, but the fumes and stuffy air in the hut -- along with sleeping at 14K -- made me nauseous. Had we stuck around one more day, I feel I could have made it up, but our group opted to climb La Malinche instead.
Go with the Espinozas in Chlachichuca. Very nice people to stay with.
Climbed with Dazve Thompson, Dirk Anderson, Jess Rigg, and Mike from Texas. Very cool, loved the Crater View and into Jamapa Valley. Did not love the junk crosses on the summit. The forest is said to have been much more prolific before corruption killed it. Worth the trip. Do NOT go to Cholula or you will see what religious rule can do to depress the populous. Lame... go the Vera Cruz or Ouaxaca.
Made the Summit in one push from the Piedra Grande hut on the 14th after being turned around on the 12th due to weather. What an excellent view. Please see my trip report, titled - Feb. 14th, 2006: An awesome view of Mexico for more details and pictures about climbing this beautiful mountain.
Taking the last few steps to the summit was exhilerating. There's just something about those last steps when the views open up into a 360 degree panorama. It was a perfect ending to my trip to Mexico and one more step towards reaching higher elevations. I hope to be going to Aconcagua in a not-too-distant future!
Great climb. We base camped just a bit above Piedra Grande Hut to avoid New Year's crowds which never showed up. Moved to high camp and had some fun tooling around on the ice. Climb day was beau beyond description. Acclimitization did us wonders. Following beta from Senor Reyes and another guide, we went west on the lower glacier attaining the saddle and then up to the summit, rather than a direct Jamapa Glacier route. Success had been only about 15% the week or so before doing the direct route. Senor Reyes and family were great hosts.
Fun climb all around. I love this trip. Good people (Joachin Conchola is great as an outfitter/ 4w driver.Check out Xochimilco back in town!
Climbed with my friend, Charlie Brown. Nice day ... nice mountain.
I made this climb while on spring break my senior year in college. I flew to DF on Friday evening, arrived at the hut on Saturday evening. I summitted on Tuesday. Having come straight from Indiana, I wasn't able to fully dodge the ill effects of altitude. On Wednesday I rode the bus to Oaxaca. I spent the rest of the week volunteering at an orphanage with a college group returning to Indiana just in time for class on Monday.
watching the sun rise was awesome, the glaicer was a bit icy but noting too bad. Made some new friends and met some great people
Great solo climb with perfect weather- 32F at the hut and summit with no wind on the summit! I spent 30 enjoyable minutes on the top. There was some ice covering the last 300 meters below the summit. "Oso" planted wands to help guide the route to the summit using the Ruta Espinoza.
Climbed the Ruta Espinoza Jan. 31, 2014 with perfect weather again with Mike Preece, Appleton Scutchfield and Ryan Swapp.
My brother Chuck, Ray F and I made to the top about 9:30 am. We followed a guided group up. It was quite pleasant with little wind at the summit. It was a beautiful day! We started at 2 am from our tent near the hut and got back about 2:30 pm.
We climbed from high camp at 15,415', leaving camp at 3:15am, summited shortly after sunrise. The glacier condition was variable from a tough icy surface to crumbly snow. The most icy stuff was at the top, but a good kick would get the crampons planted. Traversing the crater rim was longer than I thought and the crater seems much bigger in real life. We also had fun climbing different routes throught the labyrinth, which also was our source for melt water.
Great peak, clear yet windy. We had 0 degrees F on the summit with probably 20mph steady winds.
For fun we brought a slope meter. While the route bumped into the lower 40's in a couple of spots, the steepest pitch I measured was in the labyrinth. Perhaps though, I did not measure the truly steepest spots.
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Left the hut at 2:15am,summited at 7:30,very icy but a beautiful fullmoon night. Fun day, back at Piedra Grande at 11:30am
Had a great time climbing with Day Hiker and cp0915. The hut wasn't as bad as I expected. It was quite cold and rather windy on the glacier. Our exposed water bottles froze solid to the core. I wore fleece layers and insulated leather boots all of which worked fine. Though we brought a rope we opted not to rope up. We heard some reports that the angle of the upper slope on the glacier was up to 60 degrees but in our estimation it never exceeded 45. In the dark it seemed like we would never reach the summit. I reached the crater rim at 6:43am just in time to see the sun rise. The crater and the sunrise were amazing. The ascent took a little over 6 hours and the return was about 3 and half hours (sure felt longer though).
Despite some AMS issues, I summited in 6 hours from the hut. A bit icy in places, but the glacier was in excellent condition. A few, small novelty crevasses along the way...