Ascent of Volcán La Malinche on 2016-01-17

Climber: Dave Dunham

Others in Party:Alan Bernier
Date:Sunday, January 17, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Volcán La Malinche
    Elevation:14501 ft / 4419 m

Ascent Trip Report

Day 9 in Mexico (01/17) – Early morning wake-up at the hostel where Al and I were the only ones staying (even the owner was away for the weekend). I got my 4 mile run in (8,600’) and we were off for a 2 hour drive to Malinche. It was a Sunday morning and the mountain was absolutely packed with people. We parked a ½ mile from the entrance and at 9am started hiking from 10,035’. I have never seen this many people hiking at one time. It was crazy. It was an uphill parade with a couple of thousand people marching. Most wore jeans and sneakers. Al and I were outfitted for a real climb (boots, poles, crampons, ice ax). The mountain had received 4-6” of snow so the upper parts of the trail was muddy and icy. We worked our way through the masses. After 1:40 and 3.5 miles we reached the treeline at 12,800’. The next mile would climb another 1,600’! We passed a lot of people during this stretch as we switched to crampons. It was funny watching people come sliding down on their butts. Everyone appeared to be having a great time!
We reached the top in 3:10 and spent about 20 minutes on top taking pictures and enjoying the view. It was sunny and relatively comfortable (got to about 70 degrees at 10,000’). We zipped on down the slope doing the descent in about 2:00 flat. The last few miles we chatted with an Engineering student who really wanted to practice his English. In all the 9+ miles with 4,384’ of climb and descent took us 5:29:38. It was a great way to finish the Mexico trip on a positive note.

Grand total for the trip = 29.49 miles of hiking in 25:08:28 with over 17,000’ of climb and descent. Highest point reached = 16,695’ Lowest point during the trip = 7,500’
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4466 ft / 1361 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.1 mi / 13 km
    Trailhead:TH  10035 ft / 3058 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 0 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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