Ascent of Nevado de Toluca on 2016-01-11

Climber: Dave Dunham

Others in Party:Alan Bernier
Date:Monday, January 11, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Nevado de Toluca
    Elevation:15354 ft / 4679 m

Ascent Trip Report

Day 3 in Mexico (01/11) – We got up before sunrise and headed back up to the Trailhead for Nevado de Toluca, it was 30 degrees and sunny. We had the mountain to ourselves as we headed up to the crater rim (13,657’ to 14,078’) then dropped to the crater floor (13,809’). Then the real climbing began! I topped out at 15,200’, about 70’ below the very top. There was a 5’ section of exposed rock with a couple of scramble moves need to get up there. I didn’t feel comfortable doing that so I sat and took some pictures while Al went to the top. We reached that point in 2:50 and I hung out for about 10 minutes before we started our descent. Al thought the scree slope would be fun to head straight down and I could not disagree. We dropped 1,500’ in ½ mile! It was a blast storming down the dirt/rock slope. This got us back to one of the two lakes in the crater (at 13,800’) and we then picked up the 500’ climb to the top of Cerro Del Ombugo (14,173’). After that we had a short downhill before ascending back to the crater rim and then down to the car. We covered the 5.16 miles in 4:35 with 2,380’ of climb and descent. After the hike we drove to Amecameca and checked into the Hotel El Marques (rates for a night or four hours and porn on all TV stations). It was actually clean and comfortable. We did an easy four mile run (at 8,800’) and then headed to the town square where we bought hamburques from a street vendor. I was a little worried about maybe catching something and Al noted that the woman preparing the burgers coughed in her hand then pressed the burger and also handled cash with the same. Oh well!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2297 ft / 699 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2297 ft / 699 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.1 mi / 8.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1997 ft / 608 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1697 ft / 517 m; Extra: 300 ft / 91m
    Loss on way in:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Start Trailhead:TH  13657 ft / 4162 m
    Time:2 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1997 ft / 608 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1697 ft / 517 m; Extra: 300 ft / 91m
    Gain on way out:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    End Trailhead:TH  13657 ft / 4162 m
    Time:1 Hours 45 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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