Ascent of Pico de Orizaba on 2014-03-16

Climber: David Howells

Date:Sunday, March 16, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pico de Orizaba
    Elevation:5636 m / 18491 ft

Ascent Trip Report

I 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
    Elevation Gain:1069 m / 3507 ft
    Distance:5 km / 3.1 mi
    Quality:10 (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:Frigid, Very Windy, Clear
Very cold wind and strong.
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1069 m / 3507 ft
    Distance:2.5 km / 1.6 mi
    Route:Normal-Piedra Grande Hut
    Trailhead:4567 m / 14984 ft
    Time Up:5 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Distance:2.5 km / 1.6 mi
    Route:Standard-Piedra Grande Hut
    Time Down:4 Hours 

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