Jump to content
  • Announcements

    • olyclimber

      WELCOME TO THE CASCADECLIMBERS.COM FORUMS   02/03/18

      We have upgraded to new forum software as of late last year, and it makes everything here so much better!  It is now much easier to do pretty much anything, including write Trip Reports, sell gear, schedule climbing related events, and more. There is a new reputation system that allows for positive contributors to be recognized,  it is possible to tag content with identifiers, drag and drop in images, and it is much easier to embed multimedia content from Youtube, Vimeo, and more.  In all, the site is much more user friendly, bug free, and feature rich!   Whether you're a new user or a grizzled cascadeclimbers.com veteran, we think you'll love the new forums. Enjoy!
Sign in to follow this  
Jbetoo

Orizaba, Ixta

Recommended Posts

Headed down to Mexico next weekend. For those who have climbed these two peaks, what was your acclimitization schedule? I don't think my 20,000+ schedule is necessary but don't want to feel like shit either. Basically, how many days since leaving the north country before summiting? Thanks for the help.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

When I was down there a few years ago, we summited Orizaba on day 7 of our trip, prior to travelling to Orizaba we spent several days hanging out on La Malinche, a nearby 14'er. There's a gov't ran resort at 10,000ft on La Malinche that is a nice cushy place to start your acclimitization. We arrived at the hut on Orizaba on day 5, on day 6 we hiked up to the base of the glacier and then back to the hut, next day we summited. Didn't need any diamox but could definitely feel the altitude when trying to sleep at the hut.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

fro ixta: i just went to la joya trailhead and climbed the fuker. day and a half. no drama.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My second trip to Orizaba i summited on day three of the trip. I was hurting a little bit, but my buddies had already been sitting in the hut for three or four days by the time I got there and just wanted to climb. I took diamox and was living at 6500ft at the time so maybe that helped.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm living at 7,500 feet so I figure I'll be fine heading up Orizaba on day 5, then bolting over (if that's possible in Mexico) and doing Ixta in one long day from La Joya.

Is camping at the base of the glacier on Orizaba worth it? I've heard too many stories about thieves at the huts. At least maybe that would minimize danger. Thanks for the info.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Is camping at the base of the glacier on Orizaba worth it? I've heard too many stories about thieves at the huts. At least maybe that would minimize danger. Thanks for the info.

 

If you are concerned about theft, you could slip a little tip to one of the folks that work for your 4WD service to get you to Piedra Grande. Señor Reyes often has folks that hang around for that purpose. The camp by the glacier can be done, but it is windy there usually and of course sleeping higher can give you a restless night due to altitude issues.

 

The main thing about the hut is don't leave anything out in the open unattended. Folks have gotten stove parts and stuff missing just because they were sitting on the counter. It isn't clear, but the sticky fingers could be your fellow climbers. There are folks that come up to the hut to stay overnight that have no intention to climb however.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

we did Orizaba pretty quickly, I guess day 6 of the trip, but it's only only a 2 day climb. Was living at 5k at the time. Flew in and slept one night in D.F. at 8k or so, then traveled to Malinche as well for a day hike. Then to Reyes, and had one night there (10k?). Up to the hut and pitched a tent nearby, 14k. Half day to 16k, bit of a nap, then summit and back down to town the next day. Didn't hurt at all. Nice peak.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  

×