Pico de Orizaba

Pico de Orizaba Trip Report (#1106)

  • Signed By: Greg Paul
  • Date submitted: March 23, 2001

Bring a nose and mouth mask for dusty drive to Piedre Grande hut. Have ear plugs because the hut's roof sounds like it is going to blow away all night long. Take an acclimization climb to glacier tongue and test your crampon skills on the icey first pitch before doing it in the dark on your summit day. I went with my 14 year old son who had never climbed before. He was the first in our group of 9 to summit. The last 2000 ft were windy enough to knock you off your feet if not careful. A small ledge o n the edge of the crater near the top was the only refuge from the wind. The last 1/4 mile from the peaceful ledge to the top along the crater rim is a test of will power and nerves. Will worth the effort and my son likes to boast that on February 1st, 19 98 he was the highest person in North America assuming nobody was climbing in Alaska at that time of the year.

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