Pico de Orizaba

Pico de Orizaba Trip Report (#916)

  • Signed By: Jahn Curran
  • Date submitted: October 07, 2003

We (Brent & Brandon DeHaan, both from Salt Lake City, Utah) arrived to Tlachichuca shortly after tropical storm had left some snow, picked up our ride from Servimont (we recommend them) to Piedra Grande and set up a tent outside in the middle of a hailstorm. We met Esteban Ladrone (from Argentina)--he and I went up to high camp, approx. 16,500 ft elev., and waited for the other two to join us about 2am. Brandon got HAS, so the 3 of us continued on without him. Above 17,000 ft the clouds cleared and we had beautiful view of stars. at base of glacier we put on crampons in dark and roped up. Penitentes averaged 12-15". Very windy, probably 40-45 mph winds all the way to summit. I had headache from high altitude, but it had subsided when we reached crosses about 6:45am. We stayed for half hour, then headed down glacier. Brandon was on his way up and summitted by himself!

This was really an endurance test--I recommend coming a little earlier in the season--snow was still just a little too soft after the sun came up. We stayed a night in the Servimont dorm room--a converted soap factory. The place is clean and the family helpful.

Please help Esteban's family [estebanlardone@hotmail.com]provide milk and clothes to the indian children of the neighboring towns of San Andrés Tzicuilan and Xocoyolo, on the outskirts of Puebla.

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