2nd attempt, got turned back just above the labyrinth in January 09 due to weather. Returned with an added team member; Centrifuge and he and I made the summit. My fiance Jessica made 17,400 before turning around. Trip report here; http://www.summitpost.org/trip-report/502179/Climbing-Orizaba-with-Nan.html
It was some time ago, but a great climb, lots of traffic trashing the huts and surrounding area, hope it's been cleaned up since I was there!
Climbed alone on a really nice late season day. Started at 3am, summitted at 8:20am, and was back to the hut at 11:30am. I saw only the Swiss guys that were in the hut. I never needed my Down jacket and only experienced cold on the glacier. The summit was windless and sunny. Still, my water froze up even in a bottle cozy, and I had to warm up my camera batteries. The glacier wasn't steep, but just long and never ending. Looking into the volcano crater was pretty amazing.
Great day with some cool SPers. Not much snow up there though.
Climbed stronger than I had my entire Mexico trip but came down with AMS for the first time at 17,300ft. on the Jamapa Glacier. This was an extremely frustrating end to an otherwise enlightening trip. Thanks to my summit team who aided my descent. I will be returning next year.
Was not able to make the summit due to HAPE at over 16,000 ft. Conditions were very snowy, had crampons on from piedra grande. Cold on the mountain, we all had our down coats on at camp. Trip report coming soon!
Wonderfull climb on Mexico's last ice, Hilde (my wife) was in an excellent shape and we did a fantastic 9 hour trip from hut to hut.
We had the great Lupe as a guide and he and his friends from Orizaba Mountain Guides are highly recommended!!!
My wife and I climbed Orizaba. This is the highest weve gone to date. The weather was perfect! The views outstanding. We went with Colorado Mountain School. There were two guides and two teams from our expedition. It was tough, but after 15 hours, we made it back down, having successfully making it to the summit!!
What a terrific way to ring in the new year by climbing the Jamapa Glacier. Perfect weather and good conditions made for a great climb.
Couldn't have asked for better weather. As someone else climbing down said, you could have lit a match on the summit that day.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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
Yeah! What Rkymtn, Haliku and Chicagotransplant said!
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.
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.