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Iztaccihuatl Trip Report (#3339)

  • Signed By: adam probosz
  • Date submitted: June 11, 2001
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I put the Polish flag on the summit of Iztaccihuatl on sunday 14th of November at 1:05 p.m. The climb was beautifull but a little bit risky - this is not a "safe mountain". On your way you can see a lot of crosses remaining of somebody's death. I spent two days with my wife Monika in the hut on Paso de Cortez to get the acclimatisation. You really need this if you want to climb on this altitude. On Saturday we walked around with the beautifull views of Iztaccihuatl and smoking Popocatepetl. We also visited the La Joya parking which is very crowdy and full of live during the weekend. Sunday morning we met Paris Castaneda - the guy from Mexico City - a very good climber and a guide. We started our way up from La Joya on 7:00 a.m. First part of the climb is very steep. When you pass the Republica the Chile hut the road leads you straight to the "knees" of a sleeping woman. On 600 meters of climb you move from 4.600 m to 5.000. Then you are on the glacier which leads you through all the body to the "breast" - the right one is the top. On the "knees" we put on the crampoons. The weather was not very good. No chance to see Popo this day. It was not so cold but a little bit windy. On the summit I experienced the most mystic moment of this climb - the clouds disapeared for a moment and I could see the "mysterious face" of the sleeping princess Iztaccihuatl. This moment was worth all my effort.

On the way back we took the Ayolco glacier and we were on La Joja at 5:30 p.m.

Izta is a very magic mountain and I hope to see her again.

This climb was a part of our "Family expedition to Mexico". Thanks to all the people who made this journey come true. Specialy to Elzbieta Wanot, Renata Mirkowska, Agnieszka Kreglicka, Wieslaw Switek, Jaroslaw Strzeszewski, Pawel Wronski and Marek Markiewicz.

Paris - very special thanks to you for all your help and a beatifull climb.

If you have some questions about climbing Izta (or Malinche), let me know by e-mail.

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