Pico de Orizaba Trip Report (#1063)
- Signed By: Kirk Hess
- Date submitted: March 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 route. The snow at this time was perfect. The sun rise on this peak, like many others was incredible! A real strait forward climb which requires will and determination! At around 10:45 the snow on the upper cone began to get soft, making it more difficult to climb without a little slide back every few steeps. If I were to do it again we would leave at midnight, ensuring we were on the rim before the snow softens. We hit the creator rim leisurely at around 12:15. The clear views were spectacular. Deffinately worth every effort. Made it back to Piedra Grande in 4hr, with a nice 15 min. power nap on the snout. This is a must do for any aspiring mountaineer!!! By far one of the cheapest expeditions outside the US! Flight was $280/person with LACSA Airlines. With 7 people including a minivan rental, we were able to do a
10 day climbing trip to both Izta and Orizaba for around $750 a person!