Excellent day and perfect snow conditions. The mountains gods were smiling. 7hrs up and 4 hrs down
My very first significant climbing trip. Was absolutely stoked despite the route being little more than a slog up a huge mountain. Enjoying the mexican countryside and hospitality were definitely highpoints of this trip.
Nice route, I enjoyed it very much. I had a very nice guide from tlachichuca: roberto rodriguez flores.
Climbed Orizaba directly after Ixta. Went and spent one night in Puebla (Hotel Colonial Rocks!) and then continued on to Tlachichuca where we found a ride up to the Piedra Grande Hut the same day (and what we had hoped for). We set our tent outside to stay away from the snoring people - and it turns out a good thing because some guy decided to lose his cookies in there..(Gross I know) We did a day hike/route check the following day and went to bed early for our summit bid. We took off following an RMI group led by Pete A. - great guy! Summited late after having to negotiate the VERY icy labyrinth. Got down in time to catch a ride down with Mick and group from Mountain Madness.
Acclimatized on Izta and was able to do Orizaba as a dayhike.
This worked MUCH better than the previous year's multi-day attempt. We were dropped off at Hidalgo because it was raining so hard the 4WD vehicles couldn't make it up the roads. We camped at 12k, Piedra Grande, and at 15k (just before the Maze). By the time we got to the crater rim, we reached our turn-around time...early in the day since we had to hike all the way back to Hidalgo for our pick-up!
Although both trips were fun and memorable, I would definitely opt to repeat the dayhike.
Great trip, nice views, few dangers.
Attempted climb Thanksgiving 2005. Skipped acclimatization day due to incoming weather. Didn't quite make the summit turning around 800 feet below the crater. Will return soon.
Climbed with Rinat. Super fast trip. San Diego to San Diego in four days. Very lacky with weather. Great trip.
A trip planned by SP member hashfxn.
Round trip from the huts was ~15 hours, in part due to slow going in the labyrinth. Summit at 10:30am, left at 1:30am.
The glacier was very solid, was not steep, and we left all our pro and rope at its base with no reservations. Temps were quite cold, and in general it was very windy--especially at the summit--but the sky was as clear as blue crystal... Very nice conditions overall.
A memorable and smooth 48 hours on the mountain with my girl Debbie. Jampa Glacier route. Hung out and slept the first afternoon at Piedra Grande, acclimatization hike to 17000' the next day and back to camp, then next morning 6 hours from Piedra to the summit. Felt very strong until 18,000'. I think frequent winter trips in Colorado, tons of water and this acclimatization scheme were perfect prep for this mountain. Would have been ~45mins quicker if not for a lost bag of gear on our flight in, only one shotty headlamp through the labrinth was slow going.
Glacier is dying, was in very easy climbing condition with small penetites. Go soon, or this route will be a scree slog through and through. Teotihuacan, Mexico City urban and historic districs and Izta were also parts of this trip.
jamie nellis and i summited oribaza(18,512') on march 30th 2007. this was a special summit for us. it was our first glacier together and a capper on a successful first international climbing expedition.
the mountain is flat-out gorgeous! unbelievable time!
Climbed this with climbmn and another friend. Much thanks to the "Oso", Roberto Flores a local guide, for giving us directions all day and letting us follow him and his client up the mountain. Took a lot longer then I ever expected, 17 hours round trip. If you are thinking about Pico, I would highly suggest you hire "Oso" as your guide as his prices are quite reasonable and the routefinding can be tricky in the dark. We would not have been successful without his guidance (even though we weren't his paying clients).
On 01/01/07, we woke up at midnight to attempt Orizaba. The winds had died down, but the valley below was covered in clouds. We put on crampons, and climbed up some icy chutes between the rocks. After climbing to about 16,000 feet, a thick fog moved in. It looked like we might have to turn around, but finally the clouds broke, and we could see the rising sun.
At around 6:00 a.m., we roped up and started the long slog up the glacier. The lower glacier was icy, and it was hard to penetrate the ice with an axe. We continued upwards at a slow but steady pace. I found that the cross-over step (French technique) worked the best on the steeper slopes. We finally reached the summit (18,500 feet) at around 10:00 a.m. The valleys below us were covered in clouds, but it was sunny on the peak. We took some pictures of the summit crater, and then headed back down.
Had a great time on this hill and met a lot of nice people.
one year after getting into mountaineering, I tried this peak in my first out-of-country climb, but turned around 1000 ft from the top due to a sick buddy. it was a white-out anyway with high winds, but a great experience!
Just about perfect weather matched with good snow conditions made for a great day on the mountain!
Perfect weather and very solid snow on the glacier helped make this a strenuous, but uneventful climb. The glacier did get a little steeper than I expected.
Climbed from the high camp before entering the Labyrinth in good snow/ice conditions. Descended via Ruta Espinoza to the lower section of the glacier and returned to the camp. Made it in 4 days total from San Diego to the summit and back. This is a beautiful mountain with relatively easy access, but it should not be underestimated as the potential fall on the glacier may be fatal - self-arrest is difficult.
Easy way to knock off 18,000ft. After a day of acclimitizing and reconnisence we summitted from hut and back down to town in one day, but what a disappointing environment. From the trash in Mexico, to the theivery at the hut to the disgusting disregard for the 14,000 camp...very depressing, do not recommend.
Spent Thanksgiving (USA) in central Mexico and did this via the Piedra Grande hut/Jampala Glacier with a Mexican friend from Puebla. Nice clear, calm summit day.