Popocatépetl (Popo), second highest mountain in Mexico at 5636m. (18,386')
Camp below Popocatépetl
Trash facilities, Popo camp.
Hiking above the lodge.
Near Popocatépetl is the 3rd highest mountain in Mexico, Iztaccíhuatl, at 5230m (17,154') elevation
End of the road below Iztaccíhuatl
Beginning the climb of Iztaccíhuatl
Looking back at Popo from Iztaccíhuatl
Popo from low on Iztaccíhuatl
Iztaccíhuatl from the valley.
A the trailhead to Iztaccíhuatl
Popo from near Iztaccíhuatl
Climbing low on Iztaccíhuatl
An abandoned hut low on the mountain.
The hut in which we slept (together with a sizable population of mice)
Looking into the commodious and luxurious hut.
The sleeping level in the hut. The mice owned the lower level.
Sunbathing on Iztaccíhuatl
The shadow of Iztaccíhuatl at sunset.
Dawn from the mountain.
Starting the climb, day 2
A high hut on Iztaccíhuatl, with Popo in the background. We did not use this hut.
The inevitable religious icons found on every Mexican mountain.
Approaching the summit ridge, Iztaccíhuatl
On a short descent, summit ridge of Iztaccíhuatl
Continuing up the long ridge
Finally enough snow to warrant crampons.
The summit from the long ridge.
Nearing the summit of Iztaccíhuatl
The summit, with Popo behind.
A hotel in Durango, Mexico. A welcome contrast to the huts on the volcanoes.
The climbing team at breakfast.
Roadside scene on the way to Pico Orizaba.
Plowing the traditional way.
Pico Orizaba (5636m., 18,490') from the village of Tlachichuca
Trying to place a phone call in Tlachichuca. There is one phone, and one must go through this operator.
Our driver (middle) and Sr. Reyes, legendary Orizaba mountaineer, who operates the hostal, guide service, and transportation service to the mountain. We stayed at his place, but were unguided on the mountain.
Preparing to leave for the mountain.
The road to Orizaba.
Picking up gear that fell out the rear doors of the Jeep. Not surprising, since the doors were secured with a rubber band.
The Piedra Grande hut at 14,000' - a grimy dump of a building where we had the privilege of spending a night before the climb.
Sharpening crampons in the Piedra Grande hut.
Several hours into the climb, the sky begins to brighten.
Approaching a welcome sunrise.
Sun for the first time, 4 hours into the climb.
Passing the only real formation on this otherwise symmetric cone.
Looking down from high on the mountain.
Nearing the crater.
On the crater rim.
Another view of the crater rim.
Traversing around the crater rim.
Almost at the summit, the celebration begins.
Nearing the summit (ironworks)
Panorama across the crater from the summit.
A broken-down cross adorns the summit. To the east the clouds of a much moister coastal zone are seen.
Leaving Tlachichuca for the coast.
Rush hour traffic on the road to Veracruz.
Roadside scene on the way to Veracruz. The women and children are picking up kernels of wheat spilled from the trucks.
Veracruz, on the Gulf of Mexico. From the hotel window.
Aztec temple ruins near Veracruz