1 day acclimating at the refugio, then a 4am start for a 8am summit. The labyrinth was a bit icy, the toes were a bit cold (single leather backpacking boots!), and the summit was was a bit pretty... well, very pretty actually! Good solo climb up the Jamapa... would love to climb some of the more technical routes on this beautiful mountain some day.
Nice climb up the Jampa
Attempted the normal route. The Labrynth was icy but the mountain is really pretty chill with nice views.
Camped @ 4600m before Labyrinth.
Lot of snow and perfect weather condition.
5h to summit... strait to the top.
Great climb with new buddy from summitpost (wrigleyd). Interesting country to visit.
First time over 18k'
It was the first time that I climbed by myself, unfortunately, because my partner could not acclamatize to the altitude..
It was fun, scary, exciting, dangerous...alone...
It was fun, being with the mountain, all by myself...in a way it tested my really hard...
Excellent conditions and a great time. Went too far left on the final glacier and ended up having to traverse the rim. Hey, it was dark. :)
This was my second time up, and it was good weather and a beautiful morning climb. I always enjoy seeing the Gulf of Mexico from the summit.
This was my second time on Orizaba. The glacier has receded and as a result is steeper near the top. On the advice of Reyes we travelled a route that was to the right of the path I took last time I was there. This had us gaining the crater rim closer to the summit instead of at the low point. We got to the crater rim before dawn so we waited for the sunrise to summit. We saw a really interesting mountain shadow when we started back down.
This was my first climb outside of the US. I was one of a group of seven friends who went unguided. 4 of us summitted. The glacier was in good shape, not too hard or too soft. There was a bergschrund to step over near the top.
Got to the top after being taken to Piedra Grande the night before. We were well acclimated after having climbed Izta 2 days before.
Finally I had chance to do it, it is by now the best climbing I´ve ever done, very challenge I had never been hiking or climbing on snow so it was a great experience...
The information on this page was very useful.
not technical at all but a tough climb - the glacier just seems to go on and on. we had near perfect conditions and set a high camp at around 15.5kft for the summit bid. we acclimatized on nevado de toluca and la maliche and i felt the best ever at that altitude.
Dmandave and I skied from the summit of Pico De Orizaba down the Jamapa Glacier, Dave on alpine skis, me on my trusty ol' snowboard. The run ended up being 1900ft of vert. We hit a nice powderstash near 18,000ft, then icyness the rest of the way down. At one point it was icy enough that i could not keep an edge, and had to self arrest with my axe several times. All and all an AMAZING descent and the most exciting turns of my life!
Along with 10 others from the Serac Mountaineering Club of Orem, UT, reached the summit on a cloudy, windy morning. We left the Piedra Grande hut at 1:35 am and all of us were on the summit before 9 am, but not all at the same time. Lots of west wind made for cold going on the glacier. Wonderful climb, all in all. On Tuesday all of us had summited Ixta, and that climb was a great acclimatization tool.
Have been thinking about this one for a while. Unfortunately time is not on my side. Do we get a TR :-) ?
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.