Ascent of Nevado de Toluca on 1991-11-22

Climber: David Olson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, November 22, 1991
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Bus
Peak:Nevado de Toluca
    Elevation:15354 ft / 4679 m

Ascent Trip Report

I set out at 8:30 am and traversed south toward the Pico del Fraile. The trail ran out and I did not care to cross the Cañada del Oso to get to the long west-south-west ridge of P. Fraile.
I decided to go straight up and ridge run over to P. Fraile. The ridge run was more troublesome than I expected, more thin ridges. I got up the P. Fraile at 2:00 pm and then ridge ran back north, debating whether to climb Pico del Aguila. Along the way a rock smashed my right pinkie finger.
I made it up the P. Aguila after 4:00 pm. Both Picos were cloud-enshrouded. Both Picos are narrow on top and P. Aguila is quite a rock. I headed straight down the mountain on lousy footing. Two thunderclaps made me anxious. I got back to the Albergue at 6:18 pm, as it started to get dark.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3149 ft / 959 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3149 ft / 959 m
    Grade/Class:class 2
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3149 ft / 959 m
    Route:Bushwhack towards and straight up
    Start Trailhead:Albergue  12205 ft / 3720 m
    Time:5 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3149 ft / 959 m
    Route:over to Pico del Aguila, then straight down west-n
    End Trailhead:same as start point  12205 ft / 3720 m
    Time:2 Hours 18 Minutes

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