|| Mexican Volcanoes – Orizaba (18,475’) & Iztaccihuatl (17,350’)
||Roger J. Wendell
Pico de Orizaba 18,475’ , Izta 17,350’
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LEADER NAME: Roger Wendell
BEST WAY TO CONTACT LEADER: For a trip application packet, contact the trip leader at firstname.lastname@example.org
TRIP DATES: Mar. 1- Mar. 9, 2014
NUMBER OF DAYS: 9
TRIP OVERVIEW: Due to popular demand we're offering this 2nd trip of the season 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 a 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. 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’.
TYPE OF ACTIVITY/LEVEL OF ACTIVITY: Backpacking, snow climbing
ACCOMMODATIONS: In Mexico City, we will stay at the Canchola House B&B, which caters to American style travelers, with small bedrooms, meals cooked for us, and other amenities. Not a 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. On the mountains, we will not sleep in huts, but rather our own tents (see NOTES). Group will bring tents, bags, pads, stoves. We will hire locals to watch the gear on the mountains.
SKILLS & TRAINING REQUIREMENTS: Participants will be selected by qualifications and physical condition. Trip is intended for climbers with some basic glacier travel skills & mountaineering experience - the leader will consider any participant who can demonstrate a good level of safety, physical conditioning, and strong familiarity with the 14er environment and higher peaks.
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 the departure date.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN TRIP FEE: All ground transportation; lodgIng in Amecameca and Tlachichuca (breakfasts & dinners – double rooms) water, gas fuel, Sat phone rental and minutes; contingency; gratuities; leader expenses.
WHAT IS NOT COVERED IN TRIP FEE: Round trip air fare to Mexico City; travel & evacuation insurance; baggage fees; single supplement; food when at camp; lunches in town; bar tab; souvenirs; snacks, and other personal items.
Participants will bring tents, pads, bags, stoves from CO. Must possess crampons, axe, helmet, harness. Ropes provided, but will only use them if needed. Participants will be expected to bring their own food for our days on the mountain - preferably freeze-dried meals from Colorado for the flight down. Leader will provide more information as departure date approaches.