Peak(s):  Pico de Orizaba - 18406
Iztaccihuatl - 17159
Date Posted:  01/15/2015
Date Climbed:   12/28/2014
Author:  Kevin Baker
 Christmas on Orizaba and Iztaccihuatl   

There are a couple of recent Orizaba TR's including Chris Doucet's from my group, so some of this report is redundant. I also wrote about our climb on Iztaccihuatl, which some may find useful for planning purposes. Here is the Summitpost link:

Summitpost link

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

Comments or Questions
Awesome report!
01/16/2015 15:55
The next year of prep will be exciting and make me chomp at the bit.

Great motivation for a future trip!
01/16/2015 16:33
Thanks for TR.
I plan on a Christmas 2016 trip; this is very helpful.
I might have to go solo if I can’t find any takers.
Seems like this is very doable solo, since no crevasses?

Did you consider Malinche also, or not enough time?
I was wondering about logistics from where you were.

Thanks again. Perfect

Kevin Baker
Solo, yes
01/16/2015 21:42
jwendling, Yes, going solo is certainly a reasonable alternative if you are decent with routefinding assuming conditions don’t change on the glacier much before your visit. We didn’t have enough time for La Melinche, but 2 acclimatization days on Orizaba has the same effect. I think it’s a full day trip with the drive time from Tlachichuca. The logistics might be tough to do that solo, though. There was a large CMC group who did it while we were there, but I think they had a special transportation arrangement with the Canchola’s for La Melinche.

Great report!
05/11/2015 00:00
I’m seriously considering doing this in late 2015/early 2016 and you have some good info. Two quick questions––first, what was your reasoning behind doing Orizaba before Itza? Second, with Itza, would it be possible to stay at the Grupo de los Cien hut for this climb? What kind of condition is it in?

Input on the hut
06/06/2015 14:48
So I was in Kevin’s group for both climbs. He’s attempting Denali right now so he probably hasn’t seen this. We climbed Orizaba first only because not everyone in our group was interested in doing Izta as well. Actually Izta was sort of an afterthought. I’m really glad we did it though because I thought the area was much prettier and the mountain far more interesting than Orizaba. We did peek in the hut on the way down and I thought it was pretty primitive and dirty. Even with all the snow we had, Izta was very doable in a day so I don’t think it would be worth staying in the hut. Just my 2 cents.

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