An incredible experience from the hostel, our camp neighbors, and the near-full moon with no winds during our summit bid. Impressive views revealing of the geologic history of the area with lava-filled valleys and volcanoes. The glacier was deceivingly long but my buddy and I both made it.
Fun but not easy climb - even though we aclimatized another day would have been helpful.
Climbed with 'Oso' Roberto Flores Rodriguez. Met a lot of cool people in the Piedra Grande hut. Climbed Malinche and stayed at Malintzi cabins Centro Vacacional, then next night in Tlachichuca, then 1 night at Piedra Grand, hiked to about 15,700 the following day then summited day after. Hope the other guys I met up there contact me through summit post. Although tough I had a great time and saw some amazing views!
Great climb, i love the glacier climb!
Got to the Piedra Grande hut at 6 pm on Friday. Reached the summit via the Jamapa glacier Saturday at 07:15 am from the Piedra Grande hut in 4,5 hrs in excellent conditions. Spent two hours at the top, then took my time to get back. A nice climb, felt great.
Mike, Robbin and I spent five days on the mountain. Unfortunately, Mike suffered from the effects of altitude and was only able to sleep a couple hours each night. On the 15th we left our high camp at 16,300 feet near the base of the Jampa Glacier. Mike and Robbin turned around at 17,500 feet due to Mike`s extreme fatigue. I continued solo to the summit. See the Trip Report.
Climbed with a great group who'd only met via SP. 5 years later we pretty much all still climb together! A great trip!
Beautiful weather, realy nice climb.
Beautiful windless day on the Jamapa Glacier.
Pico de Orizaba is a nice climb, since it's height offers relatively no challenge in regards to AMS, and it glacier is ideal for practicing some glacier climbing. Since I wanted to save time and I didn't speak Spanish, I paid Roberto Flores Rogriguez to organized my logistic off and on the mountain. The man is superb. He has been doing this for many years. He knows what he is doing. I even saw a well respected American company asking advices to him directly.
I will publish a trip report elsewhere on this site, including in my new Volcanic Seven Summits Facebook group. Serge
I will be getting to Piedra grande by the 22th. Hoping to make to Tlachichuca on the 21st. Anybody wants to climb there?
What a better way to spend the first day of the new year on the summit of the highest point in Mexico...
This was my second attempt at the summit of Orizaba. I attempted this route in Jan 2009 but was forced to turn back due to time constraints. This year we had impeccable weather and I was graced with a beautiful sunny summit with no wind. I was even able to take an hour nap on the crater rim. It was almost as if i were at the beach (if the beach was 18,500ft high and glaciated).
After a warm up on Ixta. We took on Pico. It was one of the windiest summits I've ever encountered, and although we brought all our technical gear it wasn't needed. Hauling all that stuff around Mexico for three weeks was the most challenging part. Trip of a lifetime though. I love Mexico. Not the Federallies though.
A bit breezy, not a good day for working on the tan.
Real nice climb.
June is not really season, which makes it great. Hut empty, nobody on the mountain. We had already slept at paso de Cortez and had been in mexico for a few weeks, which makes a difference in acclimatizing.
First day to the hut and light acclimatisation hike.
Second day hike up to the glacier in daylight to scout the route, which is confusing at times, but many possibilities, as long as you go up... 3rd day, on eother climber (Anabella from Spain) arrived with a guide and we ascended together. Leave at 2AM for summit, summit at about 7.30, enjoy the views for half an hour and back down at 10am.
Very recommended mountain, easily accessible and no permit or hut fees. You do need some basic glacier experience, or bring/hire a local guide.
We did La Malinche first to get acclimitized. That was easy and went well. Unfortunately we missed our bus to get to Tlaclica (spelling?)and lost a day. So we got on the mountain and had to go up the same day in order to make out flights home. Our team of 6 got split up. One decided not to attempt it. She was replaced with a woman from Austria who's partner had AMS. Three of the guys had later flights so opted for an additional rest day. So 3 of us went up. Things went well until I twisted my knee just as I was getting to the Labyrinth. I tried going on but it was too painful. Turns out I tore a Miniscus. I'll have to go again! to knock this one off the list.
Got to the ridge line but was not able to reach the summit. Regardless, it was worth it and I was proposed to at the top (I said yes!). Beautiful views.
As a first international climb I could not have dreamed of a more successful and beautiful trip!