Pico de Orizaba

Pico de Orizaba Trip Report (#891)

My climbing partner, Manuel Torres Rivera and me left Mexico City at 6:00a.m., arrived at Tlachichuca at 10:00a.m., after half an hour We left Dr. Reyes'hotel (highly recommended). We got at Piedra Grande Hut at 12:30 p.m. after having some problems on the way up ( a lot of mud), We prepared our equipment and began our way up, It was kind of hard for me this day, I was too slow and it was hard for me to breath. ( 5 hours before I was 2000 meters below), We got to 4800 meters and found a rock where we decided to put the tent on ( it is incredible how well we slept over a rock instead of the muddy floor). We prepared hot soup and I drank a lot of water, after a couple of hours I felt much better, in fact, during the summit push I was feeling strong. It was very windy so we decided to start early (3:30 a.m)and try to reach the summit after sunrise. When the sun came out we had done the thirth part of the glacier, and sometimes the wind blew you off your feet. Suddenly the weather seemed to get better and we decided to go up ( expecting that the sun and warmer conditions get the weather better ) just to realize when we were at the crater that we were in the middle of very stong winds and a deep fog. Hardly we were able to listen each other, we decided to turn back and get down with a good decision instead of an accident. Even we did not get to the top we enjoyed our climb and we were the "highest" in Mexico (nobody did it that day)We will have to wait for the next season.

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