This was the third of the big three volcanoes we did (Popo and Ixta). The hut was interesting but got to the top quicker than expected (thanks to the previous two ascents). Has to be one of the easiest big mountains there is (as are Popo and Ixta). Two days before at our hotel in Pueblo someone spray painted "Yankees Go Home" out side. We later found out Reagan had just invaded Panama. Other than that, we loved the country, food, and the people. And I got to spend Christmas eve in Mexico City.
If you want to see what is Orizaba all about with images and videos all together you have to watch the video on you tube...
Here´s our experience on last december 2007.
It took 3 attempts to reach the Piedra Grande Hut from Tlachichuca. Rain storms had kept us back and we finally hiked the last few miles from where the jeep could no longer make progress. By time we reached the snow and stopped to put on crampons my feet were colder than they have ever been. A Mt Travel grooup was ahead of us so it was not difficult following the route and staying out of trouble. We made the summit and it was astounding. We got to enjoy the view for some time before heading back down. No altitude problems and I felt fine after returning to the hut. A Grand climb indeed!!
Best climb so far. Classic peak with a terrific reward at the top. We skipped the Labyrinth and went straight up to the foot of the glacier. Challenging but worth the effort.
Attempted the peak with five friends in January 2007. A combination of poor acclimatization, routefinding difficulties and leadership problems caused us to top out at around 16k feet on a ridge well away from the glacier, where we were forced to turn around. Trip report here: http://www.aleclalonde.com/articles/2007/2
Only group to make it up that day...everyone else turned around due to high winds and cold. Very satisfying.
Tagged along with a couple of guys from Mexico City when my partner turned back. Great views. Learned to stop bringing PowerBars up to altitude because mine was frozen solid.
Great climb up the Jamapa Glacier and first time in the higher elevations other than Colorado's 14ers! Loved it and the experience!
I was the only person to go up on this day. Perfect alpine conditions with a full moon lighting up the snow. Roundtrip time from the hut was 10 hours including a 30 min stop on the summit. A perfect end to a great trip!
A fine solo climb up the Jamapa Glacier in perfect weather with great climbing conditions.
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.