Pico de Orizaba

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!

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