Ascent to Sierra Negra-Summit Plateau on 2017-01-06

Climber: Sean Casserly

Date:Friday, January 6, 2017
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Sierra Negra - Summit Plateau
    Elevation:14950 ft / 4556 m
    Remaining Elevation:76 ft / 23 m (100% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

We started at the saddle between Pico de Orizaba and Sierra Negra and ascended the northeast slopes. We reached the summit plateau via cross country climbing. The true summit was inside a fence line about 50 vertical feet above us. While I do not condone registering successful summits without standing on the very high point, there are certain cases where I make this exception. Some examples are if the true summit is within someone's homestead, next to aviation equipment or next to military buildings. If I have a failed summit attempt due to technical climbing difficulties or private property issues, I will not register the summit. In this case, the true summit was next to a very high cost research telescope. In 2012, 128 reel panels were stolen from the GTM installation, so the area is closely monitored with guards. With permission, the summit can easily be obtained by walking less than 100 yards up a road to the summit. It is possible to obtain permission somehow, however I value hiking up the mountain to the summit plateau more than driving to the true summit.


After further consideration and consultation from Keith Christensen, I have decided to change this to a failed attempt. The fact of the matter is, I did not stand on the summit, therefore, I cannot claim this peak. If I claim this as a successful summit, I will be not better than the cheaters who have registered Long Ridge (CA CoHP) while only walking to the edge of the property boundary. I consider this a breach in mountaineering ethics, and will update to maintain my integrity.
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