High Mountain Course
The goal of this activity is to achieve the Summit of the two highest mountains in Mexico: Iztaccihuatl and Pico de Orizaba.
Usually these ascents are done in two day trips, the first day hikers arrive at the Mountain Shelter in order to acclimatize and maybe start hiking a stretch and the second day early in the morning start climbing to the Summit.
We prefer to do it in a one day climb. This way we will summit in approximately Protected content and will come down in around Protected content . The benefits of reaching the summit in one day is basically that you will require less equipment (tent, sleeping bag, gear for camping) and that you will achieve a great physical condition after you manage a one day climb.
Requirements for High Mountain Climbing
• Good Physical Condition
• Acclimatization at high altitude
• Special gear and equipment
The training will be divided in two phases:
In order to train we’ll start with increasing our physical condition and test our ability to acclimatize al high altitude. For this phase we need basic equipment: Hiking boots, backpack, helmet, gloves, headlamp and trekking poles (if you use).
During this phase we’ll hike frequently in mountains over 3,000 and 4,000 high, among them:
• Cerros Blancos
• Nevado de Toluca
• Iztaccihuatl base camps (refugio de los Protected content Ayoloco)
The participants in this group must be able of keeping pace with the group. We’ll climb and Summit peaks at 4,000 / 5,000 m, in order to train in high altitude.
• Nevado de Toluca.
• Refugios Iztaccihuatl
• Rodillas de Iztaccihuatl
• Pico de Orizaba ruta norte
For this phase we’ll need to have special equipment and gear: crampons, piolet (ice axe), waterproof and cold weather sport clothing, boots that allow use of crampons.
Usually it’s not snow covered, except when it has snowed recently. For this reason the use of crampons and axe is not frequent. For this climb you’ll need very good physical condition and good acclimatization at high altitude. We’ll require technical climbing knowledge on rock and loose gravel with very difficult elevation gain.
We will Summit at the second breast, not the first one, which is the commercial summit, the difference is 40 minutes more of route.
Pico de Orizaba (5,636).
The North Route, this is the side where the glacier is located. The use of crampons and ice axe is mandatory. During Protected content glacier was frozen solid, so the ascent was very dangerous. Complete rope teams with their guide struggled and fell, because snow-climbing techniques do not work under these conditions. We’ll consider the conditions of the mountain in order of going ahead with the climb.
In order to ascent The North Route of Orizaba it’s necessary to have experience with crampons and ice axe.
For additional information please contact Arturo Esquivel at Protected content .
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