Attempted the peak with five friends in January 2007. A combination of poor acclimatization, routefinding difficulties and leadership problems caused us to top out at around 16k feet on a ridge well away from the glacier, where we were forced to turn around. Trip report here: http://www.aleclalonde.com/articles/2007/2
Only group to make it up that day...everyone else turned around due to high winds and cold. Very satisfying.
Tagged along with a couple of guys from Mexico City when my partner turned back. Great views. Learned to stop bringing PowerBars up to altitude because mine was frozen solid.
Great climb up the Jamapa Glacier and first time in the higher elevations other than Colorado's 14ers! Loved it and the experience!
I was the only person to go up on this day. Perfect alpine conditions with a full moon lighting up the snow. Roundtrip time from the hut was 10 hours including a 30 min stop on the summit. A perfect end to a great trip!
A fine solo climb up the Jamapa Glacier in perfect weather with great climbing conditions.
1 day acclimating at the refugio, then a 4am start for a 8am summit. The labyrinth was a bit icy, the toes were a bit cold (single leather backpacking boots!), and the summit was was a bit pretty... well, very pretty actually! Good solo climb up the Jamapa... would love to climb some of the more technical routes on this beautiful mountain some day.
Nice climb up the Jampa
Attempted the normal route. The Labrynth was icy but the mountain is really pretty chill with nice views.
Camped @ 4600m before Labyrinth.
Lot of snow and perfect weather condition.
5h to summit... strait to the top.
Great climb with new buddy from summitpost (wrigleyd). Interesting country to visit.
First time over 18k'
It was the first time that I climbed by myself, unfortunately, because my partner could not acclamatize to the altitude..
It was fun, scary, exciting, dangerous...alone...
It was fun, being with the mountain, all by myself...in a way it tested my really hard...
Excellent conditions and a great time. Went too far left on the final glacier and ended up having to traverse the rim. Hey, it was dark. :)
This was my second time up, and it was good weather and a beautiful morning climb. I always enjoy seeing the Gulf of Mexico from the summit.
This was my second time on Orizaba. The glacier has receded and as a result is steeper near the top. On the advice of Reyes we travelled a route that was to the right of the path I took last time I was there. This had us gaining the crater rim closer to the summit instead of at the low point. We got to the crater rim before dawn so we waited for the sunrise to summit. We saw a really interesting mountain shadow when we started back down.
This was my first climb outside of the US. I was one of a group of seven friends who went unguided. 4 of us summitted. The glacier was in good shape, not too hard or too soft. There was a bergschrund to step over near the top.
Got to the top after being taken to Piedra Grande the night before. We were well acclimated after having climbed Izta 2 days before.
Finally I had chance to do it, it is by now the best climbing I´ve ever done, very challenge I had never been hiking or climbing on snow so it was a great experience...
The information on this page was very useful.
not technical at all but a tough climb - the glacier just seems to go on and on. we had near perfect conditions and set a high camp at around 15.5kft for the summit bid. we acclimatized on nevado de toluca and la maliche and i felt the best ever at that altitude.