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Ascent of Volcán Iztaccíhuatl on 2014-02-19

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Geoff Schellens
Zeb Blais
Gato
Michael Doherty
Dave Parker
David Llewelyn
David Wilson
Raj Joshi
Date:Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Volcán Iztaccíhuatl
    Location:Mexico
    Elevation:5220 m / 17126 ft

Ascent Trip Report

This peak is much easier than I thought it would be reading previous trip reports. Our group camped at the hut part of the way up the mountain around 15,000 ft or so. We arrived in the early afternoon and had time to set up camp and make a decent early dinner before retiring to our tents early for our alpine start up the peak. I ascended in my plastic mountaineering boots, the first climb of the trip that I used them. We put on crampons about halfway across the up and down ridge headed for the summit. There was less snow than expected. We actually moved quicker than expected and topped out before sunrise. It was not as cold as expected either, so we hung out on the summit for 30 minutes waiting for sunrise. I had absolutely no issues with the altitude and felt pretty strong on top and headed back to camp. The descent was more interesting as we could see the macro-scenery better. Overall, a great peak and a new elevation record for me, which would stand for just a few days before I broke it on Pico de Orizaba. This beat my previous elevation record set on Nevado de Toluca just a few days earlier.

Gato, Dave P, and I were the first to arrive in camp and I quickly set about the task of packing up and taking the tent down. After breaking camp, we all headed back to the vehicles for the long drive to Puebla for our rest day.

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Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1250 m / 4101 ft
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles, Guide, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1250 m / 4101 ft
    Route:South Ridge
    Trailhead:3970 m / 13025 ft
Descent Statistics



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