Couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day. 6 hours to the summit from the hut. Started at 1:30am and returned to hut by 11:40am. On par with Mount Hood as far as physical difficulty. Add 18000ft of elevation and it makes it a bit more challenging. Great experience and absolutely beautiful country!!!
Spent a lovely couple days at the smaller Piedre Grande hut. Made at attempt on the summit the day before but turned around in the Labyrinth because my partner wasn't doing well. Climbed solo the next day - up in 5.5 and had the summit all to myself. Hardly felt the altitude! Memorable mountain.
Climbed over two days, with a high camp by the last rock rings below the labyrinth. Began climbing from my tent at 4:30 and reached the summit at 9:00. The labyrinth was out of condition with hard ice everywhere. Great conditions on the Jamapa glacier. Climbed Orizaba solo, but there were plenty of others on the mountain and in the hut.
Great climb with great folks... large CMC group --- very fun.
pretty tough straightforward climb. The last 2,000 feet were brutal against the wind. but a great mountain, the highest one so far in my career
Perfect wheather and mountain conditions. 5:45 H from Piedras Grandes hut to the summit - 75 minutes at the summit - 3 h down to Piedras Grandes.
Arrived at base camp Nov 25. Hiked to 15,600 ft. Slept at 14,000 ft. Next day hiked to 16,200 ft, slept at 14,000 ft. Summited Nov 27. Took 5.25 hours up and 2.5 hours down. Highest point to date, for me. It was cold on top. Had the whole hut to myself the night of November 27.
36 hrs after climbing Izta, we climbed Orizaba with Oso from OMG. Not a cloud in the way the entire 9 hours hut-to-hut! Quite cold, but that's what wool is for. We took a very direct line straight up with perfect snow conditions. So jealous to watch 2 Colorado guys ski down! Altitude was never an issue for me. Awesome trip! Spent a restful night at Canchola's afterward; love Joaquin's birds.
My fiancé and I had a great adventure getting to Tlachichuca and climbing the Volcano/Mountain. We had recently trad climbed a few multi pitch routes in Tuolomne and had a great guided climb up the east buttress of Mt. Whitney. Pico proved to be a great outing and as we are new at high altitude climbs to have success on the first go in a single day push is very encouraging. We were so exhausted and the wind was so strong at the summit we only took one picture.
Climbed with a group of twelve. All of us made it.
Awesome climb, not bad three in 9 days. I spend some time earlier in the week acclimating on La Malinche, then a successful summit of Ixtaccihuatl 17,340' followed by El Pico de Orizaba 3 days later. Long week, no storms or other conditions to be concerned about. Lot of wild fires in the surrounding areas, pretty dry this time of year. Awesome trip, good grade on the Jamapa glacier, little hard to breath but smooth going with plenty of time to acclimate on this trip
Great climb. STEEP! Over 2000 vert. feet per mile. My friend and I arrived on Wednesday and hiked to the base of the labyrinth, to acclimatize. The next day we left around 8:00am with the intention of caching our heavier gear (crampons, boots, etc.) at the base of the glacier. However, by the time we got there, the conditions were so perfect, we just decided to go for it! Worked out great. 5:25 to the summit from the hut, 2:37 back down.
We waltzed up the Ruta Normal in great conditions. Boot track through the labyrinth (only short icy stretches) and good snow conditions to the summit on the glacier. Stayed a the excellent Cancholas hostel, getting a ride to and from Piedra Grande in their 4x4. Lots of fun and, as hoped, a great way to first experience high altitude.
I left Puebla early on Saturday morning for Tlachichuca (54 pesos). From there I took a shared taxi to San Miguel Zoapan (10 pesos). Walked through the fields in 1 hour to Miguel Hidalgo. From there to refugio Piedra Grande in 3 hours. Refugio filled up completely and there were some ten tents pitched outside. Left on Sunday morning at 3 am to reach the summit at 7:30 am. Great view, many people from the ruta sur there. Ice in the labyrinth, glacier was perfect, ice not to hard, hardly any wind. Descent in 3 hours. Started walking back from the refugio, then got a ride all the way to Tlachichuca.
After a nice drive from Juarez down through DF we ended up at the base of Pico de Orizaba. We drove within a mile or so of the hut then finished hiking in. Met a mixed group of climbers from Seattle and Anchorage. Hit the summit the next morning and then headed to the beach the following day in Veracruz. Great trip
After acclimitization on Popo and overnight at a high hut we all made it but separated into two groups, the slower staying with a member who I felt should never have come up because of a persistant cough that had developed. He was very stubbornly wanting to summit and did, later, after some of us quickly decended due to an incoming storm. I'll never forget hearing and almost feeling my iceaxe zinging where I'd stowed it between my back and daysack. I prayed the rest of the gang up on the summit would not be hit as I almost ran down the peak. Fantastic experience.
With Matthew Sharples. Absolutely memorable memories-stayed with a good friend and biology student in mexico city, then we got to stay with a local Mexican family at the base of Pico de Orizaba, (they had a vacation home there), they even drove us up pretty close to the piedre grande hut for free in their truck. As well as taking us out to the Casa Blanca, it was their treat. What a generous kind family!! It was a joy to have experienced such authentic cultural exchanges vs. the standard disengaged tourist planned routine that most climbers do.
Dayhiked from Piedre Grande hut, summit experience was enhanced by a special "summit ritual" of some local climbers I shared the summit with. We barely were able to understand each other, but we they still managed to get me involved in their ritual and we ended up laughing, celebrating, and taking pictures/videos. The summit ritual was pouring snow on top of my bare head while I kneel down on one knee with hand on ice axe. Surreal and amazing experience and great bonding time with the locals! What a special treat to have experienced this. We then descended Pico de Orizaba to the east, down the jungles and hitched a ride with some locals down the many jungle towns back to Orizaba. The rest of my trip I toured the beautiful mexican Pacific coast to scout out future kayaking trips.
I ascended this mountain fifty one years before you did. I did it on the south side. There was no guide service nor hut to sleep in back then. I shared the mountain with no other party other than my divine companions, Jesus and Moses.
Fantastic climb on N. Americas 3rd highest! after a couple days to acclimate at the hut at 14,000 feet.
One day ascent from Piedra Grande after acclimitizing on La Malinche and Iztaccihuatl. We left the hut at 1am with perfect conditions that continued all the way to the summit.
Following the trail up to the labyrinth and making our way through the labyrinth in the dark wasn't too dificult (we actually took a worse route on the way down in full daylight). The lower glacier was a little sloppy even though it was still dark out, but conditions improved the higher up we went.
The sun came up just before we made the crater rim and began a spectacular day with perfect weather and no wind. We took a few pictures at the summit and headed down for a 10-hour RT.