I climbed the peak on a solo trip to Mexico at age 18 (pre-eruption). It was a great mountain.
Partners: Steve Reynolds, Craig Grossman
Ascent via El Ventorillo; descent via Las Cruces. Left lodge at 4:45 am; summitted at 5:00 pm; back to lodge at 8:00 pm. Huts on mountain were in excellent, clean condition. Wish I could say that for the public areas & showers of the base lodge....disgusting. Glacier: not too icy; perfect for crampons. Several small crevasses on the upper half of glacier.
Of course, all this is negated now by volcanic activity beginning about 2-3 years after our trip. A rather significant eruption spewed another layer of ash on Mexico City in July 2003.
One of my fondest memories is the guides coming out from the lodge to greet us upon our return (we did not use a guide). They weren't too concerned about the 2 guys I was with, but were very solicitous about my welfare. All I planned to do was collapse in my bunk with a jug of tepid water, but the guides pulled off my boots, told me how brave & strong I was, then cooked me soup inside the lodge's big porches. We sang "La Bamba" together...that was the only song in which all of us knew the words.
George Ivy and I climbed Popo on our second day after arriving in Mexico in 1981. We both felt really sick and had headache when we got back to the hut/hotel. I still rememebr the horrible scree slope to get to the crater and the egg smell when we got there.
Wolfi and my first high peak and volcano. Good conditions on a perfect day.
intended to fly with my paraglider...unfortunately it was far to windy and I carried it back to the hut
Climbed with a group from the Iowa Mountaineers as a survey for their future schedules. Nice day, good solid ice for crampons to bite into and instructive view down into the crater- which now, in 2001/2 is spewing out hot lave, gas and ash. We were fortunate to have visited when we did.