Ascent of Pico de Orizaba on 2014-03-16
|Date:||Sunday, March 16, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Pico de Orizaba|
| Elevation:||5636 m / 18491 ft|
Ascent Trip ReportI climbed this with a Mexican guiding company owned by a friend of mine. This is a great peak and after getting up to the Pierre Grande hut we did a short acclimatisation hike on the first day. The summit day we were away at 1.15am and after a night time slog up the shale/rocky path to the Labyrinth we found that there was quite a bit of ice on the route that required front pointing and pick work. This was done in rope teams but it was easy enough. After getting through the Labyrinth we started the three hour cold, windy slog that took us up the steep 40 degree slope up to the summit. It was cold and very windy this day but we were rewarded with top summit views. A hard 8 hour slog in total to the summit. Quite a good time and we took 4 hours on the decent. All in all a great mountain day but hard work.
|Summary Total Data|
| Quality:||1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Glacier Climb|
| Gear Used:||Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles, Guide, Hut Camp|
| Weather:||Very Windy, Clear|
Very cold wind and strong.
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