Ascent of Pico de Orizaba on 2018-04-08

Climber: Rafee Memon

Others in Party:Emilio (Guide)
Date:Sunday, April 8, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Pico de Orizaba
    Elevation:18491 ft / 5636 m

Ascent Trip Report

I managed to get about five hours of sleep before our 11pm wakeup time in San Miguel Zoapan. We had a quick breakfast and left the lodge just before midnight. We arrived at the Piedra Grande hut around 1:15am after a rough drive on a tiny dirt road, and we started hiking at 1:30am. We put on our crampons after about an hour, and we donned our ropes and ice axes at the base of the glacier at 4:40am. It had snowed about a foot and a half the previous day, making the glacier ascent enjoyable, which I was thankful for since it was my first glacier climb. We summited at 7:42am and watched the spectacular sunrise. It was very cold and windy, so we only stayed for twelve minutes. On the way down the glacier, we met up with a member of another group suffering from altitude sickness, so we roped him in and continued down the glacier and to the trailhead, which we reached at 11:11am. We returned to the lodge around 1:30pm where I had lunch and a shower before heading to my hotel in Puebla for my early morning flight.

Stats: 6h12m up, 12m at summit, 3h17m down, 7.3 miles, ~4,500ft gained.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4383 ft / 1335 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles, Guide
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Low clouds with brief flurries in the early morning
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4383 ft / 1335 m
    Distance:7.3 mi / 11.7 km
    Route:Jamapa Glacier
    Start Trailhead:14108 ft / 4300 m
Descent Statistics
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