|| Mexican Volcanoes – Orizaba (18,475’) & Ixta (17,350’)
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Mexico. Orizaba, 3rd highest peak in North America and a country highpoint, is a straightforward climb on snow in good conditions. Izta has less snow climbing involved. However, the altitude and recent snowfall can quickly become factors affecting a climb. We’ll be there in the middle of the climbing high season.
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LEADER NAME:The trip is led by Dave Covill,
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Phone calls are OK, at 303-517-0355-cell.
LEADER QUALIFICATIONS: Leader of a 9-man 2009 Orizaba trip as well as numerous CMC trips in Colorado. Dave is a Denver Group Senior Instructor for Winter Camping, Knot Tying, Wilderness Trekking, and High Altitude Mountaineering Schools.
CO-LEADER NAME AND QUALIFICATIONS: Tom Chapel is the Ft Collins group Safety Chair, and has climbed Rainier and other peaks around the US.
TRIP DATES: January 11 - 19, 2014
NUMBER OF DAYS: 8TRIP OVERVIEW: It’s finally here; the first CMC trip in several years to the highest mountains in Mexico. Orizaba, 3rd highest peak in North America and a country highpoint, is a straightforward climb on snow in good conditions. Izta has less snow climbing involved. However, the altitude and recent snowfall can quickly become factors affecting a climb. We’ll be there in the middle of the climbing high season.
Expand your climbing experience on peaks far above the 14,000’ level, with a climb of at 17er and 18er. Moderate snow travel, some moderate angle icy sections on Orizaba. Interact with locals in Mexico, possibly time to visit cathedrals and museums in city of Puebla 2 hours away. The Mexican volcanoes are a logical next step for Colorado climbers wishing to test themselves for higher altitude, or moderate alpine snow conditions.
TYPE OF ACTIVITY/LEVEL OF ACTIVITY: We will climb Izta after Orizaba, unless nearby Popo is smoking excessively and travel there is prohibited, in which case we will climb La Malinche, 14,640’.
ACCOMODATIONS: We use the Canchola House B&B, which caters to American style travellers, with small bedrooms, meals cooked for us, and other amenities. No hostel-type environment. We will spend a minimal amount of time in Mexico City, both for personal safety reasons, and because this trip is designed to allow us the maximum time in the vicinity of the big peaks.We will hire locals to watch the gear on the mtns. These climbs will involve some tent camping and practice climbs on the icy sections and to become sufficiently acclimatized. We may be able to attempt La Malinche, 14,640’, if all goes well. This volcano is an hour away from the town of Tlachichuca.
Group will bring tents, bags, pads, stoves. We will not sleep in huts, but rather our own tents. We will engage with tent guards to make sure our gear does not wander off by itself. We will have local guides with us to both show the way, and also to assist climbers in need. Sat phone will be available.
SKILLS & TRAINING REQUIREMENTS: Participants will be selected by qualifications, not by date of application. HAMS graduation or equivalent. Pre-requisites are recent graduation from a Club high altitude or advanced mountaineering school, and good physical conditioning. Trip is intended for climbers with glacier travel basic skills & experience. Equivalent experience such as BMS and alpine climbs will be considered. D rating preferred; C considered.
Participants will bring tents, pads, bags, stoves from CO. Must possess crampons, axe, helmet, harness. Ropes provided, likely not needed.
PRE-TRIP ACTIVITIES: We will conduct several conditioning training hikes, at least one of which will be mandatory attendance. We will conduct high altitude training hikes closer to late December, with optional overnight sleeping up high.
INCLUDED IN TRIP FEE: Maximum group size is 12, including the leader. Minimum size is 11, including the leader. The posted trip cost includes all ground transportation; lodging in Amecameca and Tlachichuca (breakfasts & dinners – double rooms) water, gas fuel, Sat phone rental and minutes; conting
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