Ascent of Cerro Ajusco on 2012-01-06

Climber: Ryan Courtney

Others in Party:Duane Gilliland
Adam Helman -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Collin Kamholz
Bob Packard
Rob Woodall -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Greg Slayden -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, January 6, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cerro Ajusco
    Elevation:12917 ft / 3937 m

Ascent Trip Report

I arrived in Mexico City on the afternoon of the 5th and promptly found Greg and Collin at the airport. We picked up the rental car and spent quite some time navigating rush hour traffic to get to our hotel south of the center on Tlalpan. The rest of our group was separated and stuck on the roads, so we hit the town and walked to a more happening neighborhood where we had dinner at a mescaleria. The food was pretty good; the mescal was pretty smoky.

We met up with most of the rest of our party at the hotel, where they were having a late dinner; I had a beer and we got some sleep.

The next morning we navigated the two Dodge rentals and Bob's truck to the trailhead and headed uphill. Nice to be in the forest in Mexico! The trail meandered through the woods slightly then headed uphill above the trees straight for the summit of Pico del Aguila, which concluded with a nice, minor scramble. Steep descent to the saddle and back up the side of Cerro La Cruz del Marqúes, the highpoint. Aguila is imposing, when viewed from the south.

Having come from near sea level and spending only a night at about 7000' in Mexico City, I seemed to be affected by the elevation to some degree. I felt a loss of coordination, but never suffered from a headache. With Nevado de Toluca our next stop, I needed all the exposure to altitude I could get. Part of the descent was relatively steep and that loss of coordination led to me tripping and falling more than a couple of times. Many thanks to Duane for sticking with me to make sure I didn't seriously injure myself.

It was a pleasure to be able to hike the same mountain as Bob, with him heading north towards Texas after this, having already been peakbagging in Mexico for a week and a half.

There are a bunch of cabanas selling food at the trailhead. We paid a few pesos to leave our cars at one of these.

A beautiful area not far from Mexico City. Inside the D.F., Ajusco was my first Mexican state (equivalent) highpoint!
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles

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