Ascent of Volcán Popocatépetl on 1987-04-24

Climber: David Olson

Others in Party:Todd Ficken
Winfried Herz
Date:Friday, April 24, 1987
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Volcán Popocatépetl
    Elevation:17717 ft / 5400 m

Ascent Trip Report

Friday Apr 24 1987. Winfried got us up at 3:00 am and after
a snack we were out the door at 3:35 am. I had worn long
johns to bed and I wore them outside. It was not as cold as
I had expected. It was easy to follow the road, except where
it crossed gullies. We got to Las Cruces (ruined) before
dawn, stopped for breakfast a few hundred feet higher and
they put on crampons. I climbed up someone else's descent
path and kept a good rate. Eventually that was blown over,
the snow got powdery and they got to the rim. I had to stop,
remove long johns, put on crampons. I got to the rim at 9:05
am. I had no headache, mild (usual) nausea and couldn't go
20 steps before stopping to let the heart and lungs catch up.
On the last slope I passed Todd (he claimed the sulfur was
overpowering) and got on top at 10:07 am. After half-an-hour
we returned as we came. I collected a little garbage at Las
Cruces. They returned ahead and I got back at about 1:00 pm.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4768 ft / 1453 m
    Grade/Class:class 2
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Hut Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4768 ft / 1453 m
    Route:Standard route
    Start Trailhead:Albergue Tlamacas  12949 ft / 3946 m
    Time:6 Hours 32 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Route:retrace of ascent route
    Time:2 Hours 23 Minutes

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