Ascent of Pico de Orizaba on 2018-04-08
|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 ReportI 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
| Gain on way in:||4383 ft / 1335 m|
| Distance:||7.3 mi / 11.7 km|
| Route:||Jamapa Glacier|
| Start Trailhead:||14108 ft / 4300 m|
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