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Join Mazama members and climbers Yunlong Ong and Sándor Lau as they share stories and tips from climbing Pico de Orizaba, the tallest mountain in Mexico at 18,491 feet.
Pico de Orizaba, or Citlatépetl (Star Mountain) as it is known in the Nahuatl language, lies on the border between the Mexican states of Veracruz and Puebla, a few hours' drive east of Mexico City near the town of Tlachichuca.
Beyond endurance, the technical skills needed are limited to roped high-angle snow travel without crevasses. After acclimation, the climb up the North/Jamapa Glacier route can be accomplished in a single day from Piedra Grande Hut. Sándor and companions also climbed nearby Iztaccihuatl (meaning The White Woman in Nahuatl), the third tallest mountain in Mexico at 17,159 feet as part of the journey.
Photo: Julie Kentosh
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