Pico de Orizaba Trip Report (#942)
- Signed By: Andres
- Date submitted: February 01, 2003
Just wanted to let everybody know that the snow-ice conditions on Orizaba are getting better. There is some crystal ice but over all you can climb through a series of hard snow paths that lead to the summit. there is a good nice track all over the mountain. The only section that is still covered with hard ice, is the mixed section below the rock rib that takes you to high camp. The mixed section gets a lot of shadow and that makes the hard snow turn to ice. It's now possible to climb through it. My suggestion is to climb it by mid day or 2:00 pm when the sun softens the ice. Make sure you carry a couple of ice screws and some rock pitons in case you feel too exposed and want to belay on the most iced sections. Please feel free to contact me for more information regarding current conditions on Orizaba.