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Ascent of Nevado de Toluca on 2012-01-07

Climber: Ryan Courtney

Others in Party:Duane Gilliland
Greg Slayden
Collin Kamholz
Adam Helman
Rob Woodall
Date:Saturday, January 7, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Nevado de Toluca
    Location:Mexico
    Elevation:4679 m / 15354 ft

Ascent Trip Report

I joined a Mexican team for the high scrambling portion, as my team (aside from Collin) traveled ahead. They were nice and helpful on the route and we exchanged food, conversation, and business cards while sitting at the very summit. I sent them a photo of their team on the summit after I returned to the US.

Most of us left our unnecessary axes and crampons at a saddle before the rock scramble; Duane didn't cache any gear, so got to head straight down from the summit on a different, direct route. Greg and Rob held back and helped Collin and I with a hand line as we finished the down-scramble. Collin was hit pretty hard by the altitude and I stuck with him for the remainder of our descent.

Tent camp the night before our ascent and hut after we came down.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Hut Camp, Tent Camp



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