Ascent of Volcán La Malinche on 2016-02-11

Climber: Connor McEntee

Date:Thursday, February 11, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Volcán La Malinche
    Elevation:14501 ft / 4419 m

Ascent Trip Report

We spent the night camping at the Centro Vacacional. Since it was during the week, the place was almost dead except for a few stray dogs that slept right outside of our tent. We woke up at 3am to go for the summit and watch the sunrise. It turns out that the gate get closed during the night, and we were locked inside. We woke the guard up sleeping in the guardhouse, and he wasn't thrilled that we had done that. However, after ensuring that we signed the register, he let out and go on our way.

Overall, it's a good climb that starts out moderately as it follows a wide use trail that cuts the switchbacks on the road. Eventually, the trail reaches a 4 way junction and becomes quite steep afterwards all the way to the tree line. We pushed on at a consistent pace and made it past the tree line while it was still pitch black out. From there we went on to the summit ridge through slopes of grass and sand. The final 300 ft or so of climbing is a scramble up to the false peak and a short traverse over to the true summit.

I made it the summit and found a sheltered seat in the rocks to watch the sunrise. I was shortly joined by my partner and the two stray dogs that followed us all the way up from our tent.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles

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