Pico de Orizaba Trip Report (#932)
- Signed By: Rick, Linda and Laurie
- Date submitted: March 13, 2003
Our goal was to climb above the 14,000 ft peaks we had all experienced in California and Washington--and what a terrific time we had! We really advise a few days to acclimatize. We spent two nights at 10,000 feet at the IMMS resort at the foot of La Malanche, with a great hike to 14,600 during the day. When we reached Piedra Grande there were several people there who had altitude problems and had to descend. We camped at a mid camp about 15,500 rather than stay at Piedra Grande. Left our camp at 6:30 AM and were on the summit before 11:00 AM--incredible day--the only 3 on the Mountain that day. Definitely a great opportunity to see how one's body will perform at a higher altitude. The people we met from Mexico were most warm and supportive. Even with language barriers we had a multitude of great experiences and memories. Senior Gerar's Hotel and his services were excellent. Many thanks to Francisco for his advice. We all feel like we have a new circle of friends! The only "downer" on the trip were the folks from New Hampshire who took my good Mountain Hardware shorts from the hut! Shame on you! I have learned that the karma of of our behavior on the Mountains returns to us -- so perhaps that is why you have yet to summit. On to higher adventures for the three of us in 2004! Good climbing to all of you!!