Pico de Orizaba Climber's Log

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LC - Jan 2, 2009 9:51 pm Date Climbed: Nov 26, 2008

a great climb  Sucess!

Couldn't have asked for better weather. As someone else climbing down said, you could have lit a match on the summit that day.


skotty - Dec 29, 2008 12:59 pm Date Climbed: Dec 22, 2008

A good 1st high altitude peak  Sucess!

First peak above 14k+ ft. A great first high altitude peak a great first international peak. Not too technical in either respect but a great experience.


Mots010 - Dec 24, 2008 8:46 pm Date Climbed: Dec 17, 2008

Standard Route  Sucess!

A fun big peak that is easily accessible and cheap! Conditions are icy through the labyrinth and the Jamapa Glacier is hard, but good for cramponing. Not good for self arrest however, so dont fall!


alphasteve - Dec 24, 2008 2:18 am Date Climbed: Dec 20, 2008

Trip of a Life time  Sucess!

Made it to the mountain via car from Utah. 4700 miles of driving, every second of driving totally worth it. Would have been better for my buddies to have more than 2 days to acclimate. Labrynth is not that complicated. Just look for good snow or ice and it is cake. The Glacier just never ends. so high. so awesome.


Curtissimo - Dec 20, 2008 5:35 pm Date Climbed: Nov 26, 2006

2nd time was a charm  Sucess!

8 days away from having another baby, i left my wife and drove up to the village of Hidalgo where I parked my Rodeo with locals ($5/day) and walked up the 4WD route to avoid the racket in Tlachichuca. Planning ahead, not rushing, and scouting the route the day before (plus tagging along with a hard-of-hearing Angeleno, a suave Catalan, and an iron-lunged Española also helped).

Trick to beating elevation is peacful inner thoughts, lots of water, and consistent deep breathing. Very windy along crater ridge but serene on top. I have never been colder anywhere else I have been!


Curtissimo - Dec 13, 2008 4:49 pm Date Climbed: Dec 31, 1998

failed first attempt

Turned back by biting cold, lost time on the icy "lengua" of the glacier, and a lack of foreknowledge of the route. With S. Wilcox & T. Straub of New Haven, CT. Would have to wait 8 years for another shot!


ScottyP - Nov 23, 2008 4:09 pm Date Climbed: Nov 21, 2008

First over 14,500!  Sucess!

Whew! Great day, great weather and a successful summit! My first time over 14,500 and felt great! TR coming soon. Thanks all for the beta and great reports to fuel my fire! Scott


Kiefer - Nov 20, 2008 3:01 pm Date Climbed: Nov 13, 2008

Jamapa  Sucess!

Yeah! What Rkymtn, Haliku and Chicagotransplant said!


rkymtn - Nov 18, 2008 5:01 pm Date Climbed: Nov 13, 2008

Jamapa Glacier  Sucess!

Climbed with chicagotransplant, Haliku, Kiefer Thomas, and two non SPers. The snow conditions were near perfect and we had a full moon to help light the way before dawn. Sunrise provided a phenomenal mountain shadow and some relief from the cold wind. We were the only ones to climb that day and relished in having the mountain to ourselves. This was a very enjoyable climb with great people and amazing views.


Haliku - Nov 17, 2008 11:52 am Date Climbed: Nov 13, 2008

Via Jamapa  Sucess!

This was the main objective of our 9 day Haliku Adventures trip to Mexico. A full moon climb with a sunrise summit on perfect snow was worth all the work. All six of us made it in good time.

20 Jan 2005
The worst part of this route is what we called the labyrinth, a maze of house sized rock ridges and boulders from the recently retreated glacier. The best advice is to stay on top of or to the left side of the far right ridge at 15,600 feet. Its not fun going but it'll get you to the glacier. The amount of retreat showing in photos from 4-5 years ago is amazing. The glacier will be gone soon if that rate continues.

A detailed trip report can be found here.

chicagotransplant - Nov 17, 2008 11:08 am Date Climbed: Nov 13, 2008

Jamapa Glacier  Sucess!

Climbed with Chris (Haliku), Jon (RkyMtn), Kiefer, Barry and Rush as part of a nine day culture and climbing adventure in Mexico. Route was in perfect condition, one step cramponing and good snow into the labyrinth made route finding pretty straight forward. We also had a full moon and barely needed our headlamps at all. Topped out just after sunrise. We stayed with the Limon family and had a great time, such friendly and warm people. My highest summit to date, look forward to more high altitude peaks in the future!


msihl - Oct 29, 2008 3:42 am Date Climbed: Oct 26, 2008

Route climbed: Jamapa glacier  Sucess!

Me and Christoph took an AU bus from Puebla to Tlachichuca, stayed one night at the Servimont climbing lodge and drove to Piedra Grande hut the next day. We slept there one night after climbing up to 4550 m to leave our tent at the first camp. The next morning we carried supplies (15 l water) to the campsite and scouted the route up to 4900 m. We returned to the camp and slept on 4550 m. On summit day we left camp at 1.30 am and reached the summit via the Jamapa Glacier normal route at 7 to 7.30 am just in time for sunrise. The views and the crater are beautiful! We spent an hour at the summit and returned to camp around 11 am, took a little nap and returned to the hut in time for our scheduled 2pm pickup to return to Tlachichuca. Perfect weather and snow conditions!


BLong - Oct 6, 2008 11:06 pm Date Climbed: Feb 17, 2008

Orizaba  Sucess!

Great climb and a great way to end a hiking spree through Guatemala and Mexico!


ChristianRodriguez - Sep 7, 2008 11:26 pm Date Climbed: Jan 4, 2007

Camping over Jamapa Glacier  Sucess!

Me and my guatemalan team decided to make a camping area over the Jamapa Glacier to save time. We sleep over 5000 mts and went for the summit next day. From 5000 mts to 5750 mts we spent 3 hours. Great views, sky totally clear.

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kevin trieu - Aug 25, 2008 8:46 pm Date Climbed: Nov 27, 2007

Thanksgiving  Sucess!

2nd time is the charm.


amcke004 - Aug 20, 2008 3:23 pm Date Climbed: Mar 28, 2008

FUN  Sucess!

Fun climb uo the Jamapa Glacier. First big climb was alot of fun. Servimont is the best!


gbrill - Aug 5, 2008 8:52 pm Date Climbed: Mar 13, 2008


Didn't make it to summit due to poor planning logistically. Made it to the crater rim about 500 ft below the summit and proposed to my fiance.


TripoliRick - Jul 2, 2008 2:46 am Date Climbed: Dec 22, 1989

Last of the Big 3

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.


camartinez - Jun 9, 2008 9:54 pm Date Climbed: Dec 15, 2007

Orizaba Video Experience

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.



StumblingBear - May 20, 2008 9:27 pm Date Climbed: Nov 21, 1973

A Grand Climb  Sucess!

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!!

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