Ascent to Volcán Iztaccíhuatl-Just below the hut on 2016-01-12

Climber: Dave Dunham

Others in Party:Alan Bernier
Date:Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Ascent Type:No Summit Goal
Point Reached:Volcán Iztaccíhuatl - Just below the hut
    Elevation:15419 ft / 4699 m

Ascent Trip Report

Day 4 in Mexico (01/12) – This was a day for an acclimatization hike with no summit goal. We headed up to Volcán Iztaccíhuatl or Izta but the park gate hadn’t opened so we had to hang out for a bit. The view of Popo was great. Popo is active and no hiking is allowed, on this day we saw it “burp” a few times (some plumes of smoke). Eventually we made it to the trailhead at 13,060’. I felt pretty good as we headed up and then up, and then even more up. Eventually I asked Al where the lower peak was and found we were well beyond it. I was ready to turn as we were 2:15 into the hike and at 15,420’. Plenty high enough for me and there were a couple of rocky parts ahead that I did not want to do. Al wanted to go higher so we set a turn-around time for him and parted ways. I got back down in 1:20 despite stopping three times to chat with people coming up the trail (everyone seemed very friendly). I was down in 3:36 for the 4.5 miles with 2,400’ of climb/descent. Since I had time before Al arrived I decided to do my daily 4 mile run from there, despite it being 13,000’. I figured I’d take it easy. It wasn’t bad at all on flat and downhill, but any little uphill bump had me sucking wind. I ran on a great dirt trail that was reasonably flat and even added in a little bushwhack to a small peak (13,030’) that had great views of the valley. Never have 12 minute miles felt so tough! Al showed up soon after, he’d gone as high as the glacier (16,800’) before heading down. The long drive to Puebla was really rough. The road was nasty and we started seeing “ghost humps”. All of the roads have big speed bumps or humps that usually appear out of nowhere. We coined the phrase “ghost hump” for those times you think you see a bump but it was a shadow or something. Al wasn’t feeling well from either the altitude or something he ate so we crashed at the Hotel Kapu which had a nice late check-out time.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2439 ft / 743 m
    Extra Gain:40 ft / 12 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Trailhead:TH  13060 ft / 3980 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 20 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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