Pico de Orizaba

Pico de Orizaba Trip Report (#1079)

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 of my party fell and cut his hand badly enough that he could no longer hold an axe and my father got psyched-out after that. However, I met up with 3 other guys from Portland area - Tony Dileo, John Youngman and Dave Brown - and we camped at 16,000'. On 1/19/95, we summitted at 7:00 am as the sun was rising. The mountain cast a perfect pyramidal shadow on the plains below - fantastic view. Very cold and windy on top.

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