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
Jamapa glacier (the
photo was taken during the descent)
Climbers on the rim of the volcano near the top
at the top
View from the summit with Popocatepetl
and Iztaccihuatl visible in the far background
and me at our return to Pedra Grande hut
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