Pico de Orizaba

Pico de Orizaba Trip Report (#1011)

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 problems we were forced to spend the night in puebla and depart to tlachichuca on saturday. We arrived at around 1400, negotiated a ride up to the base camp hut, where we arrived at 1800, changed our clothes and inmediately started climbing. The plan was to sleep at the sarcofago at around 4800 meters, but we got a little lost in the way up and we had to establish camp higher thatn planed in a great cornice just beside the glacier, altitude 5000 meters. We coocked dinner and went into our sleeping bags. Of course none of us could sleep. We got out at 6 am sunday morning took a little breakfast, drank some water, fixed our crampons and started climbing. The climb is pretty straight forward up the glacier. I took a direct path up the cone and reached the crater lip at 1130, and the summit at 1200. Half an hour later my friends arrived we chilled for a while taking pictures and enjoying the summit. The we started the descent to camp picked up everything. We reached base camp at 1600 climbed into our ride and went back home.

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