Pico de Orizaba Trip Report (#982)
- Signed By: Michael Day
- Date submitted: February 11, 2002
Excellent climb and very affordable introduction to high altitude. Living and playing in the rockies, I grossly overestimated my ability to acclimatize last year, drove to piedra grande and tried to summit after one miserable day and two even more miserable nights at piedra grande. My mistake as pulmonary edema turned me back at 16,000. This year I took diamox, spent one night in Tlachichuca, walked from 10,000 ft. to 11,800 spent a night, then walked to piedra grande, spent night and rested the next day with just small day hikes (nothing above piedra grande), and then summited February 7, 2002, and felt great, and did not experience even the slightest headache. If you are new to altitude, take time to acclimatize (the walk from 10,000 to piedra grande is actually quite nice). I highly recommend La Familia Canchola for lodging and transport in Tlachichuca. Not only are they less expensive than Reyes but I found them to be less americanized which I beleive adds to the cultural experience. They are very friendly and accomodating and Maribell speaks english.