Pico de Orizaba Trip Report (#1048)
- Signed By: Peter Leth
- Date submitted: March 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 not quite as
steep as the upper Baldy bowl. Many parties rope up,
but axe and crampons suffice. The ice is solid. We did
this peak after climbing La Malinche and Iztaccihuatl
earlier in the week. Only needed 8 days to do all three,
and we weren't totally rushed, although it'd be tough
to do it much faster. We felt great with the altitude.
Six hours up, 3 down is the standard climb.
In Tlachichuca I'd recommend the services of Felipe
Espinoza Coba, who is a bit cheaper than his competition,
but only speaks Spanish. A cool guy if you get to
know him. Some climbers report that their stuff walks
off from the huts at Piedra Grande... this can be
alleviated by primising a cadeau of 50-100 pesos to
one of the guys working around there. Good luck!