Pico de Orizaba Trip Report (#984)
- Signed By: Eric D. Smith
- Date submitted: February 04, 2002
Beautiful mountain. Weather was excellent the days we were there--1/11-1/12, 2002, until the night of our summit attempt. The winds howled, and up high on the glacier, conditions were white-out, blowing snow, and dangerous to climb in extremely high winds. We got only up to 17,200' when our group turned around out of concern for safety. Saw many climbers on the mountain, but didn't hear of anyone summitting that day. Never saw the upper flanks of the mountain that entire day, and that was our only summit window due to our schedules. Too bad, but we had a helluva week. Nice trip, great people at the hut, and terrific climbing while it lasted! May have to give it another go.