Ascent of Volcán Iztaccíhuatl on 2016-02-13

Climber: Scott Larson

Others in Party:Connor McEntee
Date:Saturday, February 13, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Volcán Iztaccíhuatl
    Elevation:17126 ft / 5220 m

Ascent Trip Report

Day 7, Friday 12 Feb, 2016: We had a traditional Mexican breakfast in Cholula, then ordered a Domino's pizza for dinner later at the Izta hut. The drive to Paso de Cortes from the east was a long, winding dirt road. At the top of the pass is a ranger station where we picked up our permits (30 pesos each) for Izta. We then drove the 9 km to the parking lot at La Joya. There, we packed up our sleeping gear and hiked 2.4 miles (4 km) in 2 hours 20 minutes to the refugio hut at 15420 ft (4700 m). Watching the sun set and eating pizza up there was amazing. There was maybe 15 people in the hut, but we got a level to ourselves. It was another noisy night with poor sleep, and I had a headache from the altitude. This was the highest I've ever slept. I popped a couple of Ibuprofen throughout the night.

Day 8, Saturday 13 Feb, 2016: We awoke at sunrise and lazily started our hike up Izta. I chose the path less scrambled, which turned out to be a slow, sandy slog all the way to the ridgeline at 16400 ft (5000 m). Traverseing the ridgeline to the summit was fun. I covered the 1.8 miles (2.9 km) to the summit in a conservative 2 hours 30 minutes. I still had a light headache. Connor, of course, like on every other peak, beat me to the top. The flat glacier crossing was mild, no crampons necessary. There are three potential summits. I went to the closest, which I think is the highest. Connor tagged all three.
I returned to the hut in 1 hour 40 minutes, taking the slightly shorter standard route, with some fun down scrambling. When I got back to the hut, I threw up from the altitude and took a short nap waiting for Connor. We then packed up our sleeping gear and made our final descent to the car in 1 hour 20 minutes. Four out of four peaks complete!
We then drove to Teotihaucan, got a room at the Hotel Posada Sol y Luna, and had delicious tacos al pastor at an awesome taqueria. Back at the hotel we cleaned out the car and packed all our gear.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Hut Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Main Trail
Descent Statistics
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