Pico de Orizaba Climber's Log

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Cheeseburglar - Aug 21, 2009 1:00 pm Date Climbed: Mar 9, 2008

Mexico Spring Break  Sucess!

A bit breezy, not a good day for working on the tan.
Real nice climb.


7summits - Jun 22, 2009 4:48 pm Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2009

Wonderful and quiet  Sucess!

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.


Grampahawk - May 29, 2009 5:08 pm Date Climbed: Jan 7, 2009

A mountain to far

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.


ivyonup - May 4, 2009 9:36 am Date Climbed: Mar 13, 2008

Tallest Peak to Date

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.


centrifuge - Apr 5, 2009 4:44 pm Date Climbed: Mar 18, 2009

Jamapa Glacier  Sucess!

As a first international climb I could not have dreamed of a more successful and beautiful trip!


JB99 - Mar 31, 2009 8:18 pm Date Climbed: Mar 18, 2009

Jamapa  Sucess!

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


Pablohoney - Mar 27, 2009 6:36 pm

Standard route  Sucess!

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!


SawtoothSean - Feb 24, 2009 12:17 am Date Climbed: Feb 3, 2009

Good Weather  Sucess!

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.


jef80 - Feb 3, 2009 3:56 pm Date Climbed: Dec 19, 2008

Standard Route  Sucess!

Great day with some cool SPers. Not much snow up there though.


Lips74 - Feb 3, 2009 5:06 am Date Climbed: Jan 6, 2009

AMS on Orizaba

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.


Athos791 - Jan 26, 2009 9:29 am Date Climbed: Jan 25, 2009


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!

Mike Mc

Mike Mc - Jan 21, 2009 9:46 pm Date Climbed: Jan 5, 2009

Jamapa Glacier  Sucess!

Bluebird Day!


benhil - Jan 19, 2009 9:14 am Date Climbed: Dec 28, 2008

Benhil  Sucess!

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!!!


MikeAndMarianne - Jan 10, 2009 4:56 pm Date Climbed: Jan 5, 2009

Epic Climb  Sucess!

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!!


lefty - Jan 5, 2009 7:14 pm Date Climbed: Jan 1, 2009

New Years Day Climb  Sucess!

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.


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 EspaƱola 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!

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