A Quick Ascent of Pico de Orizaba (December 3-5 2008)


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On early December 2008, I traveled to the beautiful town of Guanajuato in Mexico to attend a conference. I decided to combine this trip with a climb of Pico de Orizaba (5636m), also called Citlaltepetl. I arranged the logistics with Guillermo Vidales of High Guiding Mexico. Guillermo also provided me with a great guide, Israel. He picked me up at Mexico City airport in the morning of December 3. Together, with Israel, we drove to the Piedra Grande hut at 4260m. We spent December 4 resting in the hut. On December 5, Israel and I left the hut at 2am and we reached the summit at 9:30am. We returned to Mexico City on the same day around 11pm. That was a quick trip. The climb was a fun one. We had quasi-perfect weather and glacier conditions. The views of the surrounding plateau at the top were magnificent.


View of Pico de Orizaba from the road above the town of Tlachichuca. The climbing route is at the limit between shade and sun on the Jamapa glacier.



Inside the Piedra Grande hut



Jamapa glacier (the photo was taken during the descent)



Climbers on the rim of the volcano near the top



Israel at the top



View from the summit with Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl visible in the far background



Israel and me at our return to Pedra Grande hut



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