A Quick Ascent of Pico de Orizaba (December 3-5 2008)
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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.
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
Inside the Piedra Grande hut.
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 (5426m) and Iztaccihuatl (5230m) visible
in the far background.
Israel and me on our
return to Pedra Grande hut.
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