Ascent of Volcán Popocatépetl on 1989-04-29

Climber: David Olson

Others in Party:Doug van Zet
Date:Saturday, April 29, 1989
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hitchhiking
Peak:Volcán Popocatépetl
    Elevation:17717 ft / 5400 m

Ascent Trip Report

We got up at 2:30 am and Doug felt like shit. Ultimately we headed up, Doug vowing to turn back at first light. At first light he was feeling so good we kept going up the Ventorillo route. From the Teopixcalco hut we tried to climb the Ventorillo. Doug
made it. I wisely passed on the last 70 feet. That took an hour. We headed straight up the glacier, passing the glaciers on the right and made the top at 10:50 am. On the way down we took the long way around the rim to Las Cruces and found that 7/8 of the Las Cruces glacier was gone and the rest was furiously melting. Had to put the crampons back
on. At the bottom we saw a large scale example of the water trickle in the gutter phenomena, where the water became a slurry became lava-like flowing sand and mud in a very short distance. Just before Tlamacas we bought some plums from some vendors. We saw Mountain Rescue go out, do not know how it turned out.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4725 ft / 1440 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4725 ft / 1440 m
    Route Conditions:
Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Hut Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4725 ft / 1440 m
    Route:Ventorillo route
    Start Trailhead:Albergue Tlamacas  12992 ft / 3959 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4725 ft / 1440 m
    Route:Long way around the rim, then Las Cruces
    End Trailhead:same as start point  12992 ft / 3959 m

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