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Date Saturday  4/8/2017
End Date Saturday  4/15/2017
Group Denver
Event Title Orizaba - 18,491 feet (Citlaltépetl) - Highest Point in Mexico - This is NOT a HAMS or Adventure Travel Trip!
Start Time 5:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader Roger J. Wendell
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants 1
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Moderate
Classification Difficult D
Trail Mileage 7
Elevation Gain 4,500
Driving Distance


Pico de Orizaba is located about 240 kilometres (150 miles) east of Mexico City.

For more info Contact

Leadder: Roger J. Wendell -

cell/text: 720-443-3944 HOWEVER, the leader's cell phone will not be in use in Mexico - participants will be provided the guide and outfitter's contact info.

Please submit your climbing resume, training history, and any other pertanent information to the leader at my email address (above).

It is estimated that the total cost for this trip, including airfare, will be just under $2,000.00 US Dollars.


This is NOT a Hight Altitude Mountaineering (HAMS) or Adventure Travel trip - therefore each participant will be responsible for their own travel, expenses, and paying for the guide and outfitter service. The guide and outfitter will be providing some of the food necessary during the actual climb. However, food in town (and throughout Mexico) will be the responsibility of each participant. Also, participants will be required to have all the gear necessary for a climb of this nature and be prepared for the proper use of crampons, ice ax, and even possibly ropes, anchors, and belays.







There will be a total of only five (5) people on this trip. It is expected that there will be a considerable amount of interest from potential participants. Therefore the screening for this outing will be SEVERE so do not be surprised (or upset!) if your application is not accepted.

Although this is not a "big" mountain (by world mountaineering standards) it is much more difficult than almost all of the standard routes up Colorado's 14ers and Centennials. Therefore, potential participants are expected to be in excellent physical condition, posses the appropriate gear, and have experience with an ice ax (self arrest), crampons, and other technical equipment.

Pico de Orizaba, sometimes known as Citlaltépetl, is a stratovolcano and is the highest mountain in Mexico and the third highest in North America (after Denali of the United States and Mount Logan of Canada). It rises 5,636 metres (18,491 feet) above sea level in the eastern end of the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt, on the border between the states of Veracruz and Puebla. The volcano is currently dormant but not extinct, with the last eruption taking place during the 19th century. It is the second most prominent volcanic peak in the world after Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro.