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Pico de Orizaba, a dormant volcano, is the highest peak in Mexico, and the third highest in North America, behind Mount McKinley (20,322 ft.) and Mount Logan (19,550 ft.). Its steep snow-covered cone fills the sky from the town of Orizaba, which lies at the mountain's southeast base. The views from high on the mountain are excellent, with the Gulf of Mexico visible to the east and Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl, Mexico's second and third highest mountains respectively, visible to the west. Best way to get there is via Cordoba-Coscomatepec easiest climbing. There is a cabin to spend the night with no facilities at all. beautiful climbing at night. 6 or 7 hours climbing.

Elevation (feet): 18,405
Elevation (meters): 5,610
Continent: North America
Country: Mexico
Range/Region: Cordillera Neovolcanica
Latitude: 19.0167
Longitude: -97.2667
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec
Year first climbed: 1848
First successful climber(s): F. Maynard, G. Reynolds
Nearest major airport: Mexico City, Mexico
Convenient Center: Tlachichuca, Mexico

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 267 trip reports for Pico de Orizaba.

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  • Log #22466 - by Geoffrey from "Travel and Roll" on Apr 23, 2014
    This was one of the best experiences of my life. I did it without preparation. It was magic. I walk all the way to the refuge with all my gear alone, lost hope, found hope with a cool guy who was...
  • Log #22262 - by David Rosen on Dec 05, 2011
    Jamapa Glacier route, much more difficult than what I had read on the internet and a big leap forward from Kili. Be prepared for 40-50 degree inclines on the Jamapa Glacier, which stretches on and on...
  • Log #21910 - by Christian Rodriguez on Feb 18, 2010
    We camp in the middle of the mountains, near to the Jamapa glacier. Was a wonderful experience to climb and see the sunrise on the 4th of january 2007.
  • Log #21807 - by tothetop on Nov 10, 2009
    Wednesday January 28th 2009 For several years after climbing as high as we could in the states my climbing friends and I set out for our quest to summit Orizaba. While there are several volcanoes in...
  • Log #21623 - by IRman on Mar 22, 20094 Stars
    I(17)climbed with my brother Trevor Taylor(22)and two friends, Scott Froeby(22), and Steve Stocking(22). We climbed the peak in about 22 hours from the shack on the north face. We climbed the Arista...
  • Log #21578 - by benhil on Jan 19, 2009
    Beautifull climb on Mexico's last ice. My wife Hilde and our guide Lupe were in an excellent shape that day and we did an astonishing 9 hour roundtrip to the summit and back, highly rewarding...
  • Log #21557 - by Tim Drayna on Dec 24, 2008
    Summit at about 10 am on December 20, 2008 after a solid 6.5 hours of climbing. Perfect conditions, rather warm, Jamapa Glacier conditions icy at bottom, improved towards the top. Great summit.
  • Log #21551 - by Sean Thomas on Dec 19, 2008
    beautiful
  • Log #21217 - by Jen Petrik on Mar 09, 2008
    I am looking for a guide or climbing partner for Izta March 22-26 2008. I am going on a guided trip on Orizaba March 17-22 and am looking to add Izta too. I have experience in Bolivia, Peru,...
  • Log #21165 - by Amanda Fitschen on Jan 31, 2008
    Our group consisted of 12 climbers, all of whom topped out
  • Log #20957 - by Kai Bolik on Aug 18, 2007
    Easy Climb. If you start early enough in the morning, and you can live with mice scratching the wooden floor, you can sleep in the mountain cabin that stands at around 4500. The steep snow-slope was...
  • Log #20944 - by Ryan Wells on Aug 10, 2007
    Travelled from Pocatello, Idaho to Pico de Orizaba in a Volkswagen Vanagon with three friends over Thanksgiving break. Summitted Orizaba, then drove to Vera Cruz for some relaxation on the beach...
  • Log #20610 - by Luis Carlos Rivero (Sahuaro) on Jan 17, 2007
    Even do it is said that this mountain is an easy climb..... Is not a given ...... Take Care!!!
  • Log #20497 - by Barry Bradley on Nov 21, 2006
    What an adventure! My father(who's 62) and I had a successful summit climb with "Oso". We trucked all our gear, food, and water to the hut and rested that day to acclimatize. The next day we climbed...
  • Log #20440 - by Efrén Bonilla on Oct 19, 2006
    En noviembre de este año tengo pensado hacer el ascenso por la cara norte y para diciembre lo haré por la cara sur.
  • Log #19189 - by John Huffman on Sep 27, 2006
    Summited via the Espolón de Oro (ridge of gold) variation of the north face route. We encountered extremely icy conditions, which turned an easy climb into a faily technical one. The route was...
  • Log #18706 - by Roberto Flores Rodriguez on Feb 14, 2006
    The new season in Orizaba, welcome climbers from all countries, the Climbing conditions is excelet The glacier is perfect you don't find crevases,the last 100 mts for the summit have some rocks, take...
  • Log #18762 - by Spencer Taylor on Feb 14, 2006
    A quick 24 hour summit with acclimatization on Itza one day before. Four men, me 17 years old, my brother Trevor 21, Steve Stocking 21, and Scott Froeby 21. We started climbing at about 2pm on the...
  • Log #18773 - by Peer- Thorsten Prues on Feb 14, 2006
    I started to climp up from the base camp at 1 am. I reached the glacer at 8:30 am. To find the right way in the night was not easy - i had clear sky -. i took another 3,5 hours to climp to the summit.
  • Log #18799 - by Frank (Francois) Delarosa(Larosa) on Feb 14, 2006
    All these summits were fantastic The first time on it was the hardest..Prepared for it but it wasn't enough. Partner suffered from high altitude sickness, but summitted with another group after we...
  • Log #19100 - by Ian on Feb 14, 2006
    This was a great trip, a beautiful climb!
  • Log #19150 - by Sheldon Jefferson on Feb 01, 2006
    We started out in the morning at 2am from the Piedra Grande hut (13,900), and had scouted the trail the day before to 15,000 just a little above the sidewalk. We had been worried about finding our...
  • Log #19134 - by Dan & Rob on Jan 18, 2006
    This is a great first high altitude climb. The route was not as tough as I thought it would be, and the glacier was in good shape. For all our photos, notes, trip plan and other info, check out our...
  • Log #18840 - by Robert Stevens on Feb 15, 2005
    The wind practically ceased for our summitt bid (luckily!!). There were no summitts for two weeks before and immediately following our summitt because of the wind. Great first high altitude...
  • Log #880 - by Mike Lakotish on Nov 10, 2004
    Amazing Climb! Some fantastic views and the crater is very impressive. It's a little daunting to reach the rim and then realize you still have to traverse to get to the high point, but it doesn't...
  • Log #883 - by Diego Serebrisky on Oct 25, 2004
    Beautiful climb! However it was very tough for the last portion for the lack of oxigen at that altitude. Check some pictures at my site: http://www.pbase.com/dserebrisky/paisajes
  • Log #884 - by Pablo Carreto on Oct 18, 2004
    Perfect snow conditions, no creavasses and excelent weather until 12 p.m. when the clouds get to the mountain. We started at 11 a.m. from the hut and reached the high camp (just below the glacier)in...
  • Log #886 - by Martin Foster on Sep 04, 2004
    I hiked Orizaba with a Mexican trekking company called "Adventure Expeditions" run by Andres Delgado and ably assisted by Luis Espinoza. They have both summited Everest and climbed...
  • Log #887 - by keith scotland on Aug 26, 2004
    It was my first time above 13,000 feet. Man I was dizzy.
  • Log #888 - by Pedro Rene' Castillo on July 04, 2004
    Was born in Orizaba , and spent most of my spring years of my life there , nevertheless time went by and the wind carried me to the US with the help of a very loving lady , surely miss my townn where...
  • Log #889 - by Jerry P. on June 22, 2004
    I haven't any glacier travel experience (with exception to an afternoon of glissading Pastoruri glacier outside of Huaraz,Peru). I'm equipped with necessary gear (ie;axe,crampons,etc..)and am...
  • Log #890 - by Heather May on June 15, 2004
    Even though I only made it to the campsite, which is more like a shack, instead of the top; I had a wonderful experience. I came with a few friends from Tropical World nursery, in Florida who have a...
  • Log #891 - by Pablo Carreto on Apr 20, 2004
    My climbing partner, Manuel Torres Rivera and me left Mexico City at 6:00a.m., arrived at Tlachichuca at 10:00a.m., after half an hour We left Dr. Reyes'hotel (highly recommended).
  • Log #892 - by Raymond Greenlaw on Apr 19, 2004
    We arrived in Mexico City from Atlanta on the late evening of March 12th. Paul's Hertz Gold service meant little there, and our rental car ... what rental car? there was none. We ended up settling...
  • Log #894 - by Louis-Olivier Petelle on Mar 31, 2004
    Spent 3 days at piedra grande to finally summit on the last night..Perfect weather full moon...the mountain is to dry tough...climbed it solo in 5 hours 20 min.
  • Log #895 - by Jennifer Payne on Mar 25, 2004
    Orizaba is a great introduction to high altitude mountaineering. Joaquin Cancholla and his crew of folks in Tlachichuca provided us with great support. Talk to him about having someone watch your...
  • Log #897 - by Wayne Morris on Feb 17, 2004
    Arrived in Tlachichuca after a night in Mexico City - we stayed at Hotel Gerar which I can recommend and used his transportation to get to Piedra Grande the following day ($65 for 1 night...
  • Log #898 - by Christopher Barnecut on Jan 27, 2004
    We made basecamp the same day we arrived in mexico, via senor Reyes 4wheel service. Much to Reyes dissaproval we chose a speedy alpine ascent, skipping the several days recomended for elevation. And...
  • Log #899 - by Doug Kielau on Jan 13, 2004
    Summited with 2 other Canadians, (father, son and son-in-law) spent the night of December 19th at the high camp, and prior to that 2 nights at the P.G. Hut. No altitude problems. Used the excellent...
  • Log #900 - by Matt Bachmann on Jan 09, 2004
    The glaciated top third of the mountain is relatively straightforward, just head uphill until you hit the crater rim. But immediately below the glacier, and above the headwall above the hut, there's...
  • Log #901 - by Zach Tyler on Jan 07, 2004
    I belong to the GoWesti Climbing Team and we would like to conduct a climbers exchange. You lead us up Pico de Orizaba and we will lead you up our local Mt. Rainier (14,410 ft). No fees or charge for...
  • Log #902 - by Bruno Monteiro on Jan 03, 2004
    Holla! quiero subir el Orizaba el Deciembre próximo, quien se apunte para intentalo en esa fecha e quier venir tiene colega. saludos
  • Log #903 - by Justin on Dec 30, 2003
    I'll be climbing Orizaba between Jan. 10-17, 2004. I have a GPS and was wondering if anyone out there has the waypoints of the normal route? Pleas e-mail me if you do. Thanks.
  • Log #905 - by Andres on Dec 10, 2003
    The glacier on Pico de Orizaba has some ice due mostly to the wind. It has a crust of about half an inch of very small icy penitentes and underneath the snow is firm. The layers are well bonded so...
  • Log #906 - by Larry Kruger on Nov 27, 2003
    Got really sick, so camped for three days and made it up early the fifth day. Became more of a mission after losing so much time. Glad I made it.
  • Log #907 - by Dennis Grant on Nov 27, 2003
    I climbed the Peak in February 1998. I remember some crevases half way up and another whopper headache on my way down. Great trip to test my breathing ability/lack of at higher elevations.
  • Log #908 - by Amy J. McClintock on Nov 23, 2003
    Climb as many peaks as you can as often as you can -- makes breathing the air at the top a pleasure. It also allows for a steady pace. My partner, Cindiman Pinneke, and I climbed 28 peaks (12,000...
  • Log #909 - by Andres on Nov 22, 2003
    The glacier on Pico de Orizaba is getting some ice due mostly to the wind. It has a crust of about half an inch of very small penitentes and underneath is firm. The layers are well bonded so there...
  • Log #910 - by jeff michaels on Nov 19, 2003
    the weather can change fast just like any other high mountain . we almost ran down do to the front hitting.
  • Log #911 - by Johnathon Stamp on Nov 10, 2003
    With David White (Invermere, B.C., Canada). Take some extra time to acclimatise and go at a measured pace on summit day if you're not perfectly acclimated. Thanks for everything David.
  • Log #912 - by Gisela & Harald on Nov 09, 2003
    We had wonderful wheather (but f***g cold in the morning)and good conditions for the climb. We stayed one night at Piedra Grande (we were well acclimatized after climbing Ajusco, Nevado de Toluca and...
  • Log #913 - by Andres on Nov 09, 2003
    We just came back from Orizaba. The snow conditions are great on the glacier but the rocky section below high camp is kind of dry. No ice, just a decrease of snow from last year at this same dates....
  • Log #915 - by andre de jonge on Oct 30, 2003
    super! great View but very cold that day. this was my first high mountain. i will come back in 2004. adj
  • Log #916 - by Jahn Curran on Oct 07, 2003
    We (Brent & Brandon DeHaan, both from Salt Lake City, Utah) arrived to Tlachichuca shortly after tropical storm had left some snow, picked up our ride from Servimont (we recommend them) to Piedra...
  • Log #917 - by Nyle K Walton on Sep 25, 2003
    At age 17, I went to Mexico for the first time toward the end of the summer rainy season. After September 16, I spent a miserable wet night at Las Cruces on Popocatepetl and gave up before morning. I...
  • Log #918 - by Brad Alsoren on July 10, 2003
    Nice intro to high altitude.
  • Log #920 - by Peter Müller, Gerrit Reiniger, Rainer Moeller on June 23, 2003
    Eventhough June isn't the best time to climb 'Pico de Orizaba' we've had were pretty lucky in terms of weather (neglecting a couple of rain drops ascending the albergue on saturday). We started out...
  • Log #922 - by Ryan Leonard on May 22, 2003
    Climbed one of the harder routes and climbed it 3 times in 3 days. Once from base camp 13,800, once from 15,200 and once from 16,700.
  • Log #923 - by Jeff Gunther on May 07, 2003
    Our party of four arrived at Piedra Grande at about 13:00 on Saturday and immediately headed up to high camp. One of the guys in our party started feeling bad as soon as we got our tent and bivies up...
  • Log #924 - by Pascal Lasnier-Lachaise on Apr 23, 2003
    With my friend Axel, we reached the summit on saturday 5th April. Nice climb, some penitentes, correct ice conditions. Overall good weather, just some clouds at the summit. We started at Pietra...
  • Log #925 - by Laird Broughton on Apr 14, 2003
    A really great introduction to the higher altitude climbs and my altitude record so far. Diamox worked for me but not for others. I think giving yourself time to naturally acclimatize is the best...
  • Log #926 - by Kimeron Duff on Apr 08, 2003
    Looking for climbing partner or partners to climb Orizaba and possibly Izta around the end of this year - November or early December.
  • Log #927 - by Andres on Apr 07, 2003
    We summited again on March 16. We had some penitentes and some minor ice. Over all good conditions. There has just been a snowfall on March 30 on Orizaba.
  • Log #929 - by Frank Dragojevich on Mar 28, 2003
    Training Hike on La Malinche was excellent. Camping at the IMSS resort was very loud as this is party central for Mexicans on the weekend. Bus service to/from La Malinche from/to Puebla was...
  • Log #930 - by Francisco J, Garza on Mar 27, 2003
    We finally made it to the summit after a failed attempt two years ago. This was the last mountain on our trip to central Mexico. Our basic team had only three members, Nèstor from Ciudad Juàrez,...
  • Log #931 - by Colin Morrison on Mar 17, 2003
    We arrived in Piedra Grande (14,000 ft) in the late afternoon on Thursday, set ourselves up in the smaller of the two huts a good distance away from the big 60 person hut that was accomodating an...
  • Log #932 - by Rick, Linda and Laurie on Mar 13, 2003
    Our goal was to climb above the 14,000 ft peaks we had all experienced in California and Washington--and what a terrific time we had! We really advise a few days to acclimatize. We spent two nights...
  • Log #933 - by Andres on Mar 10, 2003
    Here's Luis' update on current conditions on Orizaba. Here's how he found Orizaba: Snowline at around 16,350 ft... very high, mountain is a little dry. No ice at all.
  • Log #934 - by Andres on Mar 09, 2003
    Luis Espinoza along with David Lim just called us back and told us they were standing on the summit of Orizaba!!! Luis said it was a bit windy and that they found some penintentes on the way up....
  • Log #935 - by Ed Orozco on Mar 02, 2003
    It was our second attempt this season, the first one unsucessful due to the death of two people in a seperate expedition the same day. Conditions were too icy to continue, we ended up trying to help...
  • Log #936 - by Robert Heller on Feb 19, 2003
    Our summit trip was my father's third attempt on the mountain and my first. He had twice attempted it before only to turn around half way up due to poor ice conditions. We summited over the New Year...
  • Log #937 - by Reese Pinney on Feb 06, 2003
    Our group of 6 used Andres Delgado and his assistant Luis as guides. His site is www.adventurego.com. After leaving Tlachichuca (great hospitality), we acclimated slowly by camping at 10,000 feet the...
  • Log #938 - by Gregg Berggren on Feb 02, 2003
    Caution is advised on the mixed rock/ice section between 15,000 and 16,000 ft. Our group of 6 had a couple of mishaps here in the dark...one less experienced climber stepped on another climber's hand...
  • Log #939 - by Bill Standley on Feb 02, 2003
    Excellent glacier conditions. Hard, cold wind from the glacier up. Suffered from extreme malaise at high camp at 15,000' and had to move in place for six hours before hitting the tent. It paid off...
  • Log #940 - by Tom Davidson on Feb 02, 2003
    Great conditions on the climb up and down the glacier. We came down straight from the summit with little ice to worry about. Cold wind at top but great views and clear at 8AM. Route-finding through...
  • Log #941 - by Andres on Feb 01, 2003
    We just updated some pictures from our Jan 21, 2003 succesfull climb on Orizaba. You can check them out at our web site. Please feel free to e-mail us for enquiries on current conditions on...
  • Log #942 - by Andres on Feb 01, 2003
    Just wanted to let everybody know that the snow-ice conditions on Orizaba are getting better. There is some crystal ice but over all you can climb through a series of hard snow paths that lead to the...
  • Log #943 - by Roberto Flores on Jan 17, 2003
    Just to let everyone knows that Sr. Gerado claudio owner of hotel gerar at the base of the mountain Orizaba in mexico, have now an E-mail address: hotel_gerar@hotmail.com
  • Log #944 - by Brian Berwick on Jan 15, 2003
    Great day, clear skies. Read my story on my summit climb on my homepage. www.geocities.com/brianat2000
  • Log #945 - by Martin on Jan 08, 2003
    We got to the town Tlachichuca on Monday Dec 30. What a great little place. The people are very nice. We stayed at Gerardo's Hotel.
  • Log #946 - by Roberto OSO Flores on Jan 07, 2003
    My name is Roberto OSO Flores, I was the assistand guide for the R.E.I. climbing trip to climb Pico de Orizaba, In one of the logs (Mike Mays) say that the 3 american fell down the glacier from close...
  • Log #947 - by M. Park on Jan 02, 2003
    First of all Tlachichuca is not a climbing mecca at all!! In fact the only place in town that has anything to do with climbing is virtually hidden in the middle of some walled structure with the...
  • Log #948 - by Kuljinder Singh Roopra on Dec 29, 2002
    No one can describe to you the passion which enfoldes infront of your eyes, as you wander up the ever growing peak which lays infront of you. It's one small step for the mind, and three giant leaps...
  • Log #949 - by Jason Gunst on Dec 27, 2002
    Hello I am looking for anyone intrested in climbing Orizaba, & Itza, and maybe more, but those two for sure. I am looking at the middle of Feb to the middle of march for 3to 4 weeks. Let me know...
  • Log #950 - by Mike Mays on Dec 21, 2002
    Out team, consisting of Jim Richburg, Montgomery, AL, Ed Rybak, Portland OR, and myself, Mike Mays, Montgomery AL all meet in Mexico City on December 12th, 2002. Our time in Mexico and on Orizaba...
  • Log #951 - by Aurea Sanchez on Dec 09, 2002
    El Pico de Orizaba is in Orizaba, Veracruz. It is not in Puebla, Veracruz as you noted. Puebla, and Veracruz are 2 different states in Mexico.
  • Log #952 - by Stephen Brown on Dec 05, 2002
    Long climb...should have acclimated better.
  • Log #953 - by Dale Burke on Dec 02, 2002
    One step in front of the other, one breath at a time. Take it easy - don't rush it.
  • Log #954 - by Przemo on Nov 27, 2002
    I am looking for a company for Orizaba, maybe also Izta in January 2003, between 12th and 21st... Cheers, P.
  • Log #955 - by Scott Harden on Nov 25, 2002
    Let me take you back... yep, I'm an old timer and this was a while ago. Spring break, 1978; I couldn't get anyone else to go with me, so I drove solo from Austin to the mountain. Couldn't see it...
  • Log #957 - by Alejandro Martinez on Nov 13, 2002
    Ice in great conditions, winter is the best time to climb it.
  • Log #958 - by Aroldo Filizola Rueda on Nov 11, 2002
    Fuimos un grupo de amigos de empresas de grupo FEMSA, 32 personas aprox, organizado por el Ing. Jose Luis Vega y Malagon, aproximadamente unas 10 o 12 personas logramos la cumbre entre la manana y...
  • Log #960 - by Fernando Cuentas on Oct 17, 2002
    For all the people in the world that enjoy of this kind of climbing, I recomend you come and visit this great mountain and tray for the Shout side is increidible and with great forrest, the best time...
  • Log #961 - by Marek Mastnik on Oct 09, 2002
    we came, we saw, we won :-)
  • Log #963 - by Davd on Sep 18, 2002
    Hello! I'm looking for a climbing partner for Pico de Orizaba. I would like to climb in in Nov, Dec or Jan 2003. I've climbed MT Rainier, MT Shasta, and other 14r's. If you are interested please...
  • Log #964 - by Joaquin canchola on Aug 23, 2002
    Just to let everyone know that Mr, canchola in Tlachichuca have E-mail, in Tlachichuca at the base of the montain in Orizaba.
  • Log #965 - by Eric Hale on Aug 21, 2002
    Stay hydrated! We traveled with Reyes family (www.servimont.com.mx). They were very helpful. The food was fantastic.
  • Log #966 - by Chris Higgins on Aug 17, 2002
    My wife and I hiked to the summit via the southside during the rainy season, though it was nice as we were essentially the only ones on the mountain. I know most people try this mountain Dec-Jan, but...
  • Log #967 - by Rupert Spann on Aug 16, 2002
    PS if you would like GPS coordinates email me, with with Pico de Orizaba in the subject. PPS the whole trip cost less than 400Euro, including the 3 weeks around...
  • Log #968 - by Rupert Spann on Aug 16, 2002
    Hitched hitch hiked from Mexico city to pacific, south to Nicaragua, east to the Atlantic, to the Yutacan, and saw this Mountain on my way back to Mexico City, which looked like it might be fun to...
  • Log #971 - by Nathan Shipley on June 09, 2002
    we came, we saw, we failed
  • Log #972 - by vincent lanteigne on May 13, 2002
    Very very nice mountain. Not techical and a good way to experience altitude. We arrive at Tlachichuca on April 25. We stay at Hotel Gerard, a nice and very clean room.
  • Log #973 - by Lisa Chuinard-Craig on May 13, 2002
    It was perfect weather, and incredible snow conditions! :)
  • Log #974 - by Andrew Barden on May 05, 2002
    Andrew Barden and Benjamin Salazar 3rd summit of the year, before heading to Aconcagua
  • Log #975 - by Jon Waldman on Apr 26, 2002
    had a great time on a big mountain. it was, though, pretty much a long slog, almost entirely non-technical. you certainly don't need a helmet and we (me and kevin) didn's use a rope or any pro....
  • Log #976 - by Sergio Mendoza on Apr 09, 2002
    Very big group (25) from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) -www.montanismo.org.mx- summited. Weather conditions perfect, actually a bit warm, sky mostly clear.
  • Log #977 - by Arlo van Geest on Mar 20, 2002
    I am wanting to climb this peak, but I don't know if it is the right time and what things to bring with me and what can be hired overthere around the mountain. I am crossing Mex Gua Hon and Bel for...
  • Log #978 - by Walid Abuhaidar on Mar 11, 2002
    Summited in mid march solo from Pierda Grande. When you hike from the hut to the toe of the Glacier, stay to your right so you don't have to climb the sketchy lower snout. Other than that it was...
  • Log #979 - by bob weber on Mar 05, 2002
    this was my second trip to orizaba....1ast in 98 was cut short by hurricaine in gulf.. this time the weather was really clear but really cold for some climbers...i climbed alone after setting up a...
  • Log #980 - by Robert Rasmussen on Feb 19, 2002
    We had a friend try the Mountain last year and they didn't make it because of the altitude. So we started slow and aclimatized well. We were able to make the top in 6 hrs, and come down in 4 1/2...
  • Log #981 - by Alex Carrillo on Feb 15, 2002
    Climbing the south face again. This time no there was no snow all the way to the top. Is a shorter route than Piedra Grande, but under no snow-conditions, the climb is really a "pain in the...
  • Log #982 - by Michael Day on Feb 11, 2002
    Excellent climb and very affordable introduction to high altitude. Living and playing in the rockies, I grossly overestimated my ability to acclimatize last year, drove to piedra grande and tried to...
  • Log #983 - by Jason Cleckler on Feb 07, 2002
    summitted under blue skies with great snow conditions, what an amazing mountain, email me if you have any questions
  • Log #984 - by Eric D. Smith on Feb 04, 2002
    Beautiful mountain. Weather was excellent the days we were there--1/11-1/12, 2002, until the night of our summit attempt. The winds howled, and up high on the glacier, conditions were white-out,...
  • Log #985 - by Aaron Mordecai on Jan 30, 2002
    the guide book is wrong on what equipment to bring. there is no place to even place ice screws. It was a beautiful experience. Solo is the way to go
  • Log #986 - by Tom Smith on Jan 29, 2002
    Great time. We spent a long time on the mountian, 6 days in all. After a night in Tlatchichuca, we found a ride to Hildago, about 2 hours hike from Piedra Grande and about 3200m (US$10). We spent a...
  • Log #987 - by michael nunn on Jan 19, 2002
    It is a great climb. me and three buddies chris from missula,mt and shawn from spokane,wa just got back. we summited at 8:00 mexico time. It took us 6 hours to reach the top.
  • Log #988 - by Jared on Jan 14, 2002
    Lots of snow down to and below piedre grande, makes going tough below headwall, conditions good once on glacier. Recomend Hotel Gerar and Citlaltepetl Transportation. Would be happy to answer...
  • Log #989 - by Joop van Dijk on Dec 29, 2001
    I'm looking for a professional guide to climb Pico de Orizaba or Iztacc?huatl in January 2002. Do you have any suggestions? Thanx for your help!
  • Log #990 - by Alex Esquivel on Dec 22, 2001
    I just summited "Pico de Orizaba" for the first time on December 15th, 2001 It's a really nice mountain.. any question you can contact me by email alex_esquivel@rocketmail.com
  • Log #991 - by Jared Sibbitt on Dec 05, 2001
    Hi all, I'm looking for someone who would be interested in climbing orizaba and or izta with me this dec/jan. My partner bailed and now I'm looking for someone to climb with. I was on orizaba las t...
  • Log #992 - by MEAUDRE Dominique on Dec 01, 2001
    I haven't already climbed this summit but I'm intending to do it in january 2002. I want to climb in the dates 4 to 8th of january and I'm trying to find a group to climb with. thank you
  • Log #993 - by Alex Carrillo on Nov 30, 2001
    Perfect weather, perfect snow. Climbing Jamapa Glacier was just wonderful. The view from the top was incredible beautiful. We spent one night at Piedra Grande hut, next night we camp at the base of...
  • Log #994 - by Roy Whitaker on Nov 13, 2001
    Travel to Tlachichuca was an absolute dream. We (Roy Whitaker, Steve Kolk, Dave Schoenenberg, and Dan Karlsen) flew into Mexico City on 11/7 arriving at 3pm or so, immediately got on the Estrella...
  • Log #995 - by James Vivenzio on Nov 07, 2001
    I live at zero on the coast of southern Georgia in the USA. Flew to Mexico City for this solo trip. Spent first night in Puebla at the Hotel Colonial. Great old hotel.
  • Log #996 - by Eduardo Rubio Herrera on Nov 06, 2001
    Nothing higher from Alaska to Ecuador!!!! I liked a lot this peak, the view from the summit and the beatiful glaciar. This time in november 2001, I wolked from San Miguel Hidalgo to the hut Piedra...
  • Log #997 - by Ben Folsom on Nov 06, 2001
    In April 1997 we drove from Salt Lake City to El Paso and the crossed over the border to Juarez. From there a 20+ hour bus ride to Mexico City, then another bus to Puebla and another to Tlachichuca....
  • Log #998 - by Bryan Flake on Sep 05, 2001
    I climbed this peak with my son, Devin age 18, and my daughter Lucy age 17. We used Senor Reyes services and everything was excellent. Both kids did very well on the climb and we all summited. It was...
  • Log #999 - by Armin Resch on Aug 31, 2001
    When I climbed Citlaltepetl in '98, I started from Piedras Grande, accompanied by a Reyes guide. Despite two prior nights in Tlachichuxa I got quite exhausted beyond 16,000 ft. THUS, I'll climb it...
  • Log #1000 - by Hans Gouwens on Aug 30, 2001
    "A group of five wandering soles left San Francisco to explore the states of Mexico D.F., Puebla, and Veracruz. Our ultimate goal was to climb to the summit of Volcan Citlaltepetl, also known as...
  • Log #1001 - by Ludovic FREY on July 25, 2001
    With 3 friends, we summited with perfect weather conditions. During our stay, we notice the weather is clear until 12, often cloudy during the afternoon, stormy on the evening. We don't see anybody...
  • Log #1002 - by Andrew Hyatt on June 28, 2001
    I would recomend flying into Mexico rather than driving. I knew I would be alright on the mountain but the stories about Mexico made me nervous. It was a pretty crazy 24 hour drive to get down there.
  • Log #1003 - by gerhard and julia schuhmann on May 11, 2001
    deeeeep snow !!!!
  • Log #1004 - by Alex Carrillo on May 07, 2001
    CLIMBING THE SOUTH FACE. We arrived on friday night to the Fausto Gonzalez hut after a one hour forced walk, when the 4x4 pick up truck could not longer continue due to the ice on the road. Moon was...
  • Log #1005 - by brandon oakes on May 06, 2001
    this was an amazing climb and took much drive to continue
  • Log #1006 - by Frank Konsella on May 04, 2001
    highly recommend senor conchola, as he and his family are very nice and about half the price of reyes. perfect conditions, no rope required for experienced climbers, less than 4 hours to the summit...
  • Log #1007 - by Jeff Gunderson on May 03, 2001
    I am looking for a climbing partner for Orizaba. I will be arriving in Mexico City and want to climb La Malinche as a "tune-up" and then proceed to Oriazaba and stay at the Reyes compound....
  • Log #1008 - by craig travers on Apr 30, 2001
    Big mountain, not to be taken too lightly
  • Log #1009 - by Claudia Lucia Pacheco on Apr 30, 2001
    Que onda raza escaladora, que chido que subienron el pico de orizaba, yo ya lo subi, pero solo quiero decirles que Rogelio Polina es bien chido, es mas, es chidisimo, es el mas chido del mundo, la...
  • Log #1010 - by Nathan Hoover on Apr 29, 2001
    Our trip in April 2001 had the goal of climbing Orizaba with unicycles. Kris Holm and I, accompanied by two photographers, climbed La Malinche first, then with a ride from the Reyes to just below the...
  • Log #1011 - by Jose Luis Sanchez Fernandez on Apr 23, 2001
    Myself and four friends, David, Rafael, Felipe and Juan Carlos, departed Mexico City on friday the 6th on the afternoon. The plan was to arrive at the mountain the same day but due to mechanical...
  • Log #1012 - by Patricio Wise on Apr 17, 2001
    The weather was awesome, but the ice was in pretty bad shape.
  • Log #1013 - by Grandin St.Germain on Apr 12, 2001
    Arrived in Mexico City on 18th feb and took a bus straight from the airport to Puebla at a cost of about 18USD, well worth it to avoid the confusion of the various bus terminals in Mexico City....
  • Log #1014 - by Mitch Burgard on Mar 28, 2001
    Three of us (Karl Cordova, John Westrup and Mitch Burgard) made the summit of Pico on 03/13/2001. It was a rewarding and spectacular climb. All of us had done many 14'ers in Colorado but this was by...
  • Log #1015 - by Joseph M. Cheben on Mar 24, 2001
    On Wednesday March 14th, 2001, my two sons, Sean (almost 16) and Mark (18), my friend Tim McMinn and I summitted Pico de Orizaba. We started our adventure by flying into Mexico City late Friday...
  • Log #1016 - by Uwe Kraus on Mar 23, 2001
    On 29 December 2000 I am going to travel to Mexico in order to climb Izta and Orizaba. Are you interested to join me to climb in Mexico? My temporary itinerary is as follows: The first two days I...
  • Log #1017 - by Martin Hernandez on Mar 23, 2001
    we sumitted (Franklin Moreno,Carlos Diaz and Myself)at 9:30AM after a 7 hour climb , prior to the first attempt (a 3 day hike from La Caba'a de Manolo through "El Filo de Chichimeco"), and having...
  • Log #1018 - by Dude Spellings on Mar 23, 2001
    Had a great time!!! A very fun and challenging route on the North Side from Tlachichuca. We used Senor Gerar to drive us up to the hut at Piedra Grande. He really runs the best service in...
  • Log #1019 - by Pablo L. Perez on Mar 23, 2001
    A little over a year ago, a very good friend of mine, Ricardo Martinez, and myself, had the honor of climbing "Citlaltepetl". This climb was our first experience in the high altitud range....
  • Log #1020 - by Alfredo Molina on Mar 23, 2001
    We climbed the south route, because the now normal routh the north, was extremely icy and dangerous ( a few days before 3 climbers from Rusia die in that route), fortunatly we had exelent wheather...
  • Log #1021 - by Uli on Mar 23, 2001
    Finally, I did it solo. I started together with Keith and Scott from Piedra Grande after 3 days of acclimatization. Despite of that, Keith got sick after a while and returned to the hut. Scott and me...
  • Log #1022 - by Joel D. Goldberg on Mar 23, 2001
    Perfect conditions made the long hump up the cone relatively non-technical. Proper acclimatizing made the altitude not so much an issue as the Montazumas Revenge I picked up. The summit crater is...
  • Log #1023 - by Hans Gouwens on Mar 23, 2001
    A group of five wandering soles left San Francisco to explore the states of Mexico D.F., Puebla, and Veracruz. Our ultimate goal was to climb to the summit of Volcan Citlaltepetl, also known as El...
  • Log #1024 - by Charles Grahn on Mar 23, 2001
    Reached the summit via a variation of the Normal Route at 0900 Easter Sunday, a little less than 56 hours after first landing in Mexico City. I am grateful to the services of my guide Roberto...
  • Log #1025 - by David De Backere on Mar 23, 2001
    I had to give it two tries to reach the top. On my first attempt I walked all the way up from Tlachichuca to Piedra Grande. I arrived at the hut with a terribly aching head and a revolting stomach:...
  • Log #1026 - by John Ross on Mar 23, 2001
    Nine of us from the SERAC Mountaineering Club out of Orem, Utah, U.S.A. went on the climb to Orizaba. Six of us were able to attempt and make the summit in the end. If you're interested you can read...
  • Log #1027 - by Chip Muser on Mar 23, 2001
    Went on a trip with Camp5 Expeditions to gain some high altitude experience and had a great time. Al Burgess and Jason Kraus were fantastic guides, always ready with advice, encouragement, and a...
  • Log #1028 - by Darin Riedel on Mar 23, 2001
    Orizaba was the highlight of a 6 week overland journey from spectacular British Columbia to the deserts and tropical forests of Mexico. We were a group of six, all properly acclimatized on two...
  • Log #1029 - by Clifford Russell Bowers on Mar 23, 2001
    Be sure you are in good shape before starting out on this peak. The best idea is to camp at the base of the glacier, rather than doing the climb all the way from the hut at Piedra Grande. I climbed...
  • Log #1030 - by Michael S. Roden on Mar 23, 2001
    This was a great climb! We had a narrow window of opportunity to reach the summit. Four days before we went for the summit there was a white-out at Pierde Grande (base-camp)as well as on the summit....
  • Log #1031 - by Sean Kinser on Mar 23, 2001
    We left around 2:00am with brilliant illumination from a full moon. We were leaving the Piedre Grande Hut behind with sick climbers and Mexican Aqueduct workers inside and braying donkeys tied up...
  • Log #1032 - by maciek czubek on Mar 23, 2001
    It was very tough, but I did it. It's a highlight of my trip to Mexico. Most exciting was that this day I was the only person, who went climbing. Whole mountain for me! I started at 3.
  • Log #1033 - by maciek czubek on Mar 23, 2001
    It was very tough, but I did. It's a highlight of my trip to Mexico. Most exciting was that this day I was the only person, who went climbing. All mountain for me! I stared at 3.
  • Log #1034 - by Mark Taylor on Mar 23, 2001
    Fifteen of us went trekking to Mexico with Camp5 Expeditions the week of March 12-19. After a couple of days acclimatization we climbed Ixta on 3/15, left at 1:00am from the La Hoya hut, back by...
  • Log #1035 - by John and Stacey Sype on Mar 23, 2001
    What a wonderful trip!! We arrived in Mexico City evening March 4th and arrived at the Reyes family compound about 11PM. Woke up the first morning to a great breakfast where we met two other American...
  • Log #1036 - by Jeff Springer on Mar 23, 2001
    made an attempt on mar 14. turned back at 17000ft due to snow conditions being prone for an avalanche. days there acclimatizing and a couple days prior orizaba recieved min 6 inches of new snow every...
  • Log #1037 - by Ken Whittenburg on Mar 23, 2001
    What an outstanding climb! It was easily the hardest thing (aerobically) I have ever done. The weather was absolutely perfect and the glacier was in perfect climbing condition. We hiked at night...
  • Log #1038 - by Bart Hamatake on Mar 23, 2001
    What a charge to think this is the third highest peak in North America, although admittedly it was relatively easy. The glacier was perfect for crampons, little wind and clear and 30 on top! Perfect...
  • Log #1039 - by Theron S. Welch on Mar 23, 2001
    This has got to be the best mountain trip I've taken yet. The weather was absolutely perfect. Hiking up the glacier under a full moon was an experience I was glad to have. Sunrise was beautiful,...
  • Log #1040 - by Jim Mallory on Mar 23, 2001
    A great intro to high altitude climbing. This was the next logical step after completing the Colorado fourteeners in September 1999. This was also my first trip outside of the United States, and was...
  • Log #1041 - by Dennis Arguelles on Mar 23, 2001
    Great introductory peak for the aspiring alpinist. Its high altitude requires proper acclimatization. My partner and I summitted after establishing a high camp at about 16,000 ft. This made summit...
  • Log #1042 - by Saeed Toossi on Mar 23, 2001
    Make sure to acclimate well. Out of 25 who left in the morning, only 7 reached the summit. Attach your gloves, mittens and hat to yourself. Four out of seven climbers lost at least one piece of...
  • Log #1043 - by Geoff Ruttan on Mar 23, 2001
    Great Peak. 5611m wow! Came from Ixta. Ride from Peubla cost 33 pesos to Tlachichuca. We stayed at senor Joaquin Conchola's place and I would highly recommend it.
  • Log #1044 - by Mark L. Wolsky on Mar 23, 2001
    Truly a beautiful mountain to climb. I summitted with a team organized by REI Adventures, which I would highly recommended to anyone who is ready for a high-altitude, big mountain climbing...
  • Log #1045 - by Juan Pablo Mora Torres on Mar 23, 2001
    Pertenezco al Club Alpino del Instituto de Ciencias (CAIC), agradezco mucho a Joaquin Canchola por todas las facilidades y excelente trato que nos otorga.
  • Log #1046 - by harold fracheboud on Mar 23, 2001
    a FANTASTIC SNOWBOARD TOP XXXXX xxPERIENCE greatly organised with sr.REYES!!!
  • Log #1047 - by Christopher and Meriah Meloche on Mar 23, 2001
    We Arrived at Piedra Grande on a Fiday and did a short accilmation hike. Then on Saturday we took our heavy cloths, crampons, ice axes etc. up to about 16,000 ft. to the base of the steep wall below...
  • Log #1048 - by Peter Leth on Mar 23, 2001
    This peak is not as bad as it's made out to be. It's a bit icy and high, but with proper acclimation and a little prior experience, you'll have no problems. For those of you from the LA area, it's...
  • Log #1049 - by an anonymous user on Mar 23, 2001
    Arrived at Piedra Grande an Jan 19th, and decided to climb the next day, as long as the weather was good. Jan 20th: perfect conditions to climb Orizaba. Bright moonlight, almost no wind, good...
  • Log #1050 - by ben bruckner on Mar 23, 2001
    Woo hoo, what a fun climbing vacation. Pretty easy climb six hours up, three hours down. (jalampa? glacier route) Firm snow, no signifigant crevasses. Any posters planning a Bolivian (illimani,...
  • Log #1051 - by Mark, Sam, Isaac Kerson on Mar 23, 2001
    Mark & Sam are brothers. Isaac is Mark's son. He was twelve at the time. Sam & Mark going up again the first week of March 2000.
  • Log #1052 - by Patrick Stewart on Mar 23, 2001
    Had a great time. We stayed with the Reyes family and felt very at home. Their compound is totally enclosed so that no outsider can wander in and take your stuff. When I was up on the mountain people...
  • Log #1053 - by robert mason on Mar 23, 2001
    Very long day. Ranier is next.
  • Log #1054 - by Larry D. Adams on Mar 23, 2001
    Tom Heller, Bobby Heller, and Larry Adams from the flat lands of West Texas summitted Orizaba after two unsuccessful attempts in 1996. We had perfect weather the entire trip. It was such a thrill to...
  • Log #1055 - by Jim Clash on Mar 23, 2001
    A big, cold mountain with tremendous views from the top. Watch out for rats in the hut....
  • Log #1056 - by Andreas Fink on Mar 23, 2001
    Austrian "Mexico's Volcanos"-Expedition by "die Bergspechte". We used the normal-route from Rifugio Agusto Pellet, started at 4.00am (using bright moonlight) and reached the...
  • Log #1057 - by Tyler McKee on Mar 23, 2001
    Senior Reyes and his crew are the nicest people in the world. I would recommend there services to anyone.
  • Log #1058 - by jose mijares on Mar 23, 2001
    subi por la cara norte, a la izquierda por un marcado espolon de roca y que mi companero de cordada(un austriaco)encontro en su libro como "extreme route" mucho nombre parece... un dia maravilloso y...
  • Log #1059 - by David Sowar on Mar 23, 2001
    Dan Engstrom and I stayed at the campsite at 15,000 ft. and left for the summit at 4am. The wind had howled all night and did not let up on the climb. (It had been calm the preceding several days.
  • Log #1060 - by VICTOR M. GUERRA on Mar 23, 2001
    My friends and I practice rock climbing and we are very interested in doing some high mountain climb we have all the equipment for climbing in rocks but we like to know if you have a list of what is...
  • Log #1061 - by Winston Crausaz on Mar 23, 2001
    My book on the mountain, titled Pico de Orizaba or Citlaltepetl: Geology, Archaeology, History, and Mountaineering Routes has over 100 chapters and over 1,000 references to all aspects of the...
  • Log #1062 - by Alejandro Martinez on Mar 23, 2001
    I hope you can wait for this. All my Orizaba stories are written in spanish. So far I am not translating any storie, but this will change soon. Greetings.
  • Log #1063 - by Kirk Hess on Mar 23, 2001
    We left at 1:30 am with a classic clear sky. It was a crisp 15 degrees just before sunrise. Wands were still in place marking the trail. We decided to take the more direct and steep Ruta Espinoza...
  • Log #1064 - by Maria A. Roa on Mar 23, 2001
    Our Party of 9 summitted climbing the route from the Sarcophago straight up to the left of the summit. Great climb, excellent weather and perfect crampon conditions.
  • Log #1067 - by Steve Weliver on Mar 23, 2001
    Topped out on el Pico del Fraile (Nevado de Toluca) on Dec. 3 and Orizaba on Dec. 7 with Canadian climber Doug Treloar. Weather was perfect.
  • Log #1068 - by Chris N. on Mar 23, 2001
    Left the Piedre Grand hut @ 2:30, summitted @ 11:30, back at the hut by 2:30. Not as tough as I had anticipated, 5 of 7 in our group summitted, A very deceptive mountain in terms of length of the...
  • Log #1069 - by Andrew Gram on Mar 23, 2001
    The weather was nice, but the glacier was really icy-no snow at all. One very small crevasse, no rope necessary. Much more interesting spring break than going to the beach!
  • Log #1070 - by Glenn Abele on Mar 23, 2001
    Left Piedra Grande at 1:20 am and arrived at the summit exactly 9 hours later - 10:20 am. By the time the sun made it's way over the horizon we were engulfed in clouds and the wind was a steady 30...
  • Log #1072 - by Evan Groutage on Mar 23, 2001
    Chris Luke's new, unused high tech crampon broke, a rock hit me on my head and Roberto Rodriguez's fingers froze attempting to fix the broken crampon. (@17,000' on the lower portion of the glacier)...
  • Log #1073 - by Nick Binette on Mar 23, 2001
    I have a complete web page about our trip, including report, tips, suggestions, adresses, ... http://nbinette.webjump.com/orizaba_english.html .
  • Log #1074 - by Jose Manuel Gonzalez Diaz on Mar 23, 2001
    I've just summitted this beautiful mountain (the third highst in North America) via the South route, this is exactly in the opposite side of the normal -North- route use to climb Orizaba or...
  • Log #1075 - by Roger C. Hughes on Mar 23, 2001
    Our party did almost everything wrong & yet completed the climb [3 of us in party, I'm the only one who completed the ascent] in 1961 there wasn't much in the way of gear available, ice axe &...
  • Log #1076 - by John S. Moore on Mar 23, 2001
    An excellent and straight forward climb on Jalapa Glacier via Espinoza Route, which is more direct than the standard north face route, and no crevasses--just a bit steeper, but my partner and I did...
  • Log #1077 - by harold on Mar 23, 2001
    Nice climbing with the best guide oganisation(SR Reyes) I snowboard from the top to the limit of the snow in less than 10 minutes this his call the `swiss mountain power!! But if you like to try be...
  • Log #1078 - by david w floyd on Mar 23, 2001
    perfect climb! great weather great guides from REI. 100 mile view. very satisfying climb and good intro to high altitude mountaineering.
  • Log #1079 - by Chris Francoeur on Mar 23, 2001
    Spent 2 nights at Piedra Grande to acclimatize. The snowfield below El Sarcofogo was a solid sheet of ice (no snow) as hard as any ice rink. It required very careful attention. One of the 3 members...
  • Log #1080 - by Bob Oppermann on Mar 23, 2001
    Climbed with Summits Int'l, with Robert Link as head guide. Great guy, better guide. Got his own guide service now..."Mountain Link".
  • Log #1081 - by Greg Campbell on Mar 23, 2001
    Travelling solo. Los Angeles to Mexico City by plane. Taxi to Tapo (paid $20 for a $3 ride, don't get scammed). Took Estrella Roja bus line to Puebla.
  • Log #1082 - by David de la Garza on Mar 23, 2001
    I have written a trip report with pictures and climbing tips. read it at http://ucsub.colorado.edu/~delagard/mexico.html Good luck!
  • Log #1083 - by Alan Pulsipher on Mar 23, 2001
    I attempted Citlaltepetl in January, 1996 and did not make it. I was sick and probably too stressed out. Tried again with several different friends/acquaintances. This time, we all made it to the...
  • Log #1084 - by Antoine Horness on Mar 23, 2001
    We climbed Ixta first and then Pico de Orizaba. I tip my hat the the Reyes family and the Mexican people for the hospitality. The lodging and food was excellent. The jeep ride was exciting.
  • Log #1085 - by Bernardas Paukstys on Mar 23, 2001
    Seven adventure travellers of 15 from Lithuania summited Orizaba on February 1st, 1999 during our adventure trip to Mexico 25 January-12 February, 1999. We had rather intensive itinerary. In three...
  • Log #1086 - by Aaron Holowiak on Mar 23, 2001
    Mexico City - Puebla - Tlachichuca - Refugio - El Cumbre: Bus service from Mexico City: Estrella Roja leaves from the airport every hour on the hour. Much nicer than Greyhound. From Puebla bus...
  • Log #1087 - by Dave Robinson on Mar 23, 2001
    We left the hut at 1:00 am and summited just before 10:00. It was my first summit so it was a very special event for me. Izta got the better of me earlier in the week but the time at altitude helped...
  • Log #1088 - by Brad Singley on Mar 23, 2001
    Solo attempt to the crater rim. Was unable to complete the traverse due to brutal winds. What a wonderful place, my next big trip is to Ama Dablam. If anyone has questions about Orizabe just give me...
  • Log #1089 - by Stan Gammon on Mar 23, 2001
    PS to my previous entry. I just want to thank everyone who previously signed this log and answered my email queries. If anyone has any questions I would be happy to help. Thanks again.
  • Log #1090 - by Stan Gammon on Mar 23, 2001
    Mike Howard and I summitted. Great conditions on the way to the top. However a storm caught us on the way down causing us to lose about 2 hours. we stayed at the Hotel Gerar.
  • Log #1091 - by John Peluso on Mar 23, 2001
    Great weather and snow pack conditions. Lots of American climbing groups so I would bring a tent for privacy. Ceaper transport and accommodation can be arranged with Hotel Herer instead of Sr.Reyes.
  • Log #1092 - by David Marcus on Mar 23, 2001
    2nd try. Spent a day at hut to acclimatize this time, which made all the difference. Walked all the way down to Tlachichuca afterwards (we were too cheap to hire a ride back).
  • Log #1093 - by Jack L Cronk on Mar 23, 2001
    Team members: Jack Cronk, Joe White, Sue Hollaway, and Terry Flood; all members of the "California Mountaineering Club". We summited from a camp at 16,100' and used the Ruta Espinoza route....
  • Log #1094 - by Bob Potts on Mar 23, 2001
    Climbing Orizaba was a great experience--spending time with the Mexican people and other climbers made the trip outstanding!
  • Log #1096 - by Michael K. Miller on Mar 23, 2001
    Team of Mike Miller, Rue Johnston Wagg, Scott Fell summited. Had a nice stay at Senor Reyes'. Green Dodge power wagon rules! Unforntunately hot tub at the Piedre Grande hut was not working properly,...
  • Log #1097 - by Jobe Wymore on Mar 23, 2001
    Just got back th other night from Mexico. The peak is great for altitude in short time but, try not to read to much into it. The climb is straightforward and practically impossible to get lost on the...
  • Log #1098 - by Kevin Cooper on Mar 23, 2001
    Thanks to Bill, Bob, Kevin, Steve, Brian, and Mike for making this climb an unforgetable experience. Perfect conditions and encouragment from the group got me to the summit. It is a beautiful...
  • Log #1099 - by steven tal young on Mar 23, 2001
    Arrived at Juaquin's with no gear, thanks to American Airlines in DFW. Thanks to Paul, a mountain guide from Colorado, I was able to aquire enough gear to join my expedition at base camp and summit...
  • Log #1100 - by lynn murphy on Mar 23, 2001
    Christmas is a great time to climb this peak. Weather and snow conditions were great. Acclimatization is the key. I was the slowest!!! Our stay with the Sr.
  • Log #1101 - by Josh Swartz on Mar 23, 2001
    I had a great time on perfect snow conditions! Check out the trip report and pictures on my web page.
  • Log #1102 - by Chuck Bullard on Mar 23, 2001
    Climbed with two buddies from Colorado. Got the rental car to Piedras Grandes beating that poor beast to death. Took our alpine skis for a quick trip down from the summit. One buddy got sick half way...
  • Log #1103 - by Jose Rionda on Mar 23, 2001
    I went to Mexico planning to climb alone but hooked up with a Canadian named Dave. We hiked up and back to high camp the first day. The second day was spent acclimatizing and resting. We left at 1am...
  • Log #1104 - by Dennis Williams on Mar 23, 2001
    A fun trip with nice people, good food, beautiful mountain. See details, pictures, planning tips at www.Climbing-Guides.com/mexico.
  • Log #1105 - by craig dreher on Mar 23, 2001
    Climbed the Ruta Norte from the Piedra Grande. It was a great climb. Who said you should not climb here in the summer. The weather was perfect!
  • Log #1106 - by Greg Paul on Mar 23, 2001
    Bring a nose and mouth mask for dusty drive to Piedre Grande hut. Have ear plugs because the hut's roof sounds like it is going to blow away all night long. Take an acclimization climb to glacier...
  • Log #1107 - by Tom Lasater on Mar 23, 2001
    I left the hut at 1:30 am with my climbing friend Jordan Clay and our guide Roberto Florez. We were in the clouds and got soaked by the constant drizzle. Before we got to the glacier we were above...
  • Log #1108 - by Ben Folsom on Mar 23, 2001
    Climbed the normal route in 6 hours 20 minutes from the hut. Descended in 1 hour 25 minutes. Climbed it the next day with 7 clients. Super fun.
  • Log #1109 - by Matt Powell on Mar 23, 2001
    Left at 1:50 AM, summitted at 10:50 AM, down by 4:20 PM. One member of party suffered hallucinations, seeing "white socks and logs" in his path. Had no recollection next day of his...
  • Log #1113 - by Jerry Klatt on Mar 23, 2001
    Found it most enjoyable to pack up to the 16K ft level, camp there, and have an easier summit day.
  • Log #1115 - by Paul Blackhurst on Mar 23, 2001
    Two of the three of us summited. The glacier was in excellent shape for crampons. We'd been told it was very icy on the standard route and so we ended up just climbing straight up. A magnificent view.
  • Log #1117 - by Roy on Mar 23, 2001
    Orizaba is in great climbing condition. But you need to be off the mountain by 2:00 pm when the afternoon storms start. Have a safe and fun climb. Roy
  • Log #1118 - by Terri Hoover & Ed Griffin on Mar 23, 2001
    We arrived in Mexico City on Friday 2/23, and took a car to the Reyes compound. We were pleased with the hospitality and accommodations the Reyes' had to offer, and would highly recommend it. We...
  • Log #1119 - by NICK CHRISTU on Mar 23, 2001
    eric and nick christu reached orizaba summit tuesday, feb 20th 2001.
  • Log #1120 - by Lynn Stephens on Mar 23, 2001
    Do plenty of acclimitization. We climbed La Malinche (14,600 ft) as a warm up three days before, and climbed above the headwall (16,000 ft) the day before summit bid. Know how to use the right tools...
  • Log #1121 - by Francisco J, Garza on Mar 23, 2001
    I joined my friends in Monterrey Mexico and then we drove to Tlachichuca, Puebla; we slept at Mr. Joaquan Canchola`s place. The next morning he took us to Piedra Grande in his truck and from there we...
  • Log #1122 - by Jeff Gunderson on Mar 23, 2001
    Well, after three years of dreaming of this peak, the summit was finally attained. I wanted to thank all of the climbers whom I contacted before my climb and provided greatly appreciated and...
  • Log #1123 - by Uwe Kraus on Mar 23, 2001
    After a good acclimatisation program (Nevado de Colima, Nevado de Toluca and La Malinche) I was good prepared for Pico de Orizaba. At 8:30am I took a Taxi to TAPO in Mexico City and left with the...
  • Log #1124 - by Rogelio Polina Quijano on Mar 23, 2001
    It was Kewl, It was my first time n july 200 throught north route, but it was my second attempt when I was 15 I went, but I didn't do it, cause an ice storm....thanks to alex villarreal, who was my...
  • Log #1125 - by Robert Fletcher on Mar 23, 2001
    I rode down to Orizaba from Tequis on Saturday, stayed in the Piedra Grande hut Saturday night and set off at about 3 am for the summit. Although there had been lots of talk about midnight, 1am, 2am...
  • Log #1126 - by Bernie McIlvoy on Mar 23, 2001
    Day climbed it from hut at about 14,500'. Reached summit in about 8 hours in good weather. Drove there in 2 days from California. Also day climbed Popo and Ixiti on the same trip.
  • Log #1127 - by Howard Jones on Mar 23, 2001
    Started climbing at 10,000 feet - took eight days. On the summit with Dr. Bill Todd (Marion, IL), Tom Eagan of Sisters, Oregon and Justin Robinson of Oregon. A happy day!
  • Log #1129 - by John Batton on Mar 23, 2001
    An unforgettable climb - everything about the trip was fantastic. Paul Young and I were in Mexico from 1-5-01 to 1-13-01. We first climbed La Malinche (14,609') to help acclimatize. The IMSS...
  • Log #1130 - by Martin Johns on Mar 23, 2001
    After a successful acclimatization trip up Izta Jan.31 we bussed to Tlacichuca from Ameca and arrived at Sr. Cancholas' home in the early afternoon. We packed, his lovely wife made us lunch and he...
  • Log #1131 - by Matt Gorman on Mar 23, 2001
    Well, here goes--it's a privilege to sign in on this peak. My friends Andy Redding, Charles Shawley, and Troy and Brandon Berglund and I flew in to Mexico City Dec. 27th, arriving 10pm. We followed...
  • Log #1132 - by Esben T. Evensen on Mar 23, 2001
    New altitude record and our first high peak outside Europe! We acclimatized by first climbing La Malinche. I strongly recommend this climb before doing anything above 5000 m in Mexico. You just...
  • Log #1133 - by Kirk Hess on Mar 23, 2001
    See my website for trip review.
  • Log #1134 - by Mike Ostby on Mar 23, 2001
    My first summit above 18,000 feet. Climbed a direct variation of the "normal route" to the crater rim just below the summit. Our team used a running belay up the steep sections below the...
  • Log #1135 - by Paul Burger on Mar 23, 2001
    We had beautiful weather. It is not a climb that takes a great deal of finesse. Just a slow consistent pace.
  • Log #1136 - by Les Owen on Mar 23, 2001
    Flew in to Mexico City from NYC on Dec. 9th, 2000. Caught a taxi to the TAPO (main bus terminal), a bus to Puebla, and another bus to Tlachichuca. Arrived at the Reyes' at 8:30 p.
  • Log #1137 - by Doug Churchill on Mar 23, 2001
    The only thing I have to add to Carl Corneliuson's summit day report - 08 December 2000 Come on people pack out your trash. We cleaned up the Piedra Grande hut and carted down 3 Large bags of...
  • Log #1138 - by Capt Al on Mar 23, 2001
    We spent eight days in Mexico to aid in acclimatizing for the thin air on Orizaba. La Malinche, just north of Puebla was a nice practice climb that provided all of our team members with new altitude...
  • Log #1139 - by Carl Corneliuson on Mar 23, 2001
    Easy trip from Mexico City by bus through Puebla to Tlachichuca. Stayed first night in Puebla at Hotel Colonial. Highly recommended (3 person room $480 pesos). Used Senor Felippe Lopez for ride up to...
  • Log #1140 - by jose bustamante on Mar 23, 2001
    Great climb, never had even seen snow, but ascended in nine hours from Piedra Grande. TAKE TIME TO ACCLIMATIZE!!! This is crucial for the climb. DONT FREAK OUT WHEN YOU SEE THE GLACIER. It is a long...
  • Log #1141 - by James Y. Taylor on Mar 23, 2001
    My climbing companions (Matt Deming, Ben Anderson, Tom and Dan Watrous) and I summited Pico on November 22, 2000 after waiting out a few bad days of weather. This was our second climb of Orizaba. We...
  • Log #1142 - by Jeff Gunderson on Mar 23, 2001
    Hello, I am looking for a climber(s) who may want to accompany me on a climb to El Pico De Orizaba sometime in mid January or early February. I am departing from Minneapolis and have experience...
  • Log #1143 - by Bruce Beaman on Mar 23, 2001
    After reading this summit log for so many months to, it seems unreal to be posting something to it. Our group of four (myself, Tony Crescenzo, Carolyn McHale and Jen Rinehart) spent about 4 days...
  • Log #1144 - by Vicente Tefilo Muoz Fernandez on Mar 23, 2001
    My first attempt and summit to this mountain
  • Log #1145 - by Vicente Tefilo Muoz Fernandez on Mar 23, 2001
    After a hard drive from Guadalajara to Tlalchichuca ( almost 10 hours )we arrive to de hut in Piedra Grande at 14,400 ft.and made aclimatation and sleep there. Next day, at 4:15 a.m. Me and two more...
  • Log #1146 - by Ben Stuckey on Mar 23, 2001
    Cool mountain. Good step for those wishing to see what higher altitude is like. My climbing partner and I summited early in the morning after a 6 hour climb from Piedra Grande. We were then able to...
  • Log #1147 - by Keith Ladd Moses on Mar 23, 2001
    I stayed at senior reyes compound and met a great group of people. Out of the 10 of us only 3 summited. My 2 words of wisdom are as follows---be in good physical condition, also acclimatization is so...