Pico de Orizaba
Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt
“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” C.S. Lewis
Why This Mountain?
I first heard of Pico de Orizaba a few years ago from my friend Miguel, who is an avid climber. As I was just newly gaining interest in mountaineering, he advised me that Pico de Orizaba was another great climb for beginner mountaineers to work on skills and gain more experience with higher altitudes. I remember listening to him talk about the mountain and feeling very excited about the idea of attempting to climb it one day. I researched the mountain facts and instantly made the decision that it was too much for me to handle. I looked at various itinerary’s for this over the past few years and never felt comfortable attempting it. I’ve now done a few comparable mountains already this year, and know that despite the difficulty, it’s definitely time I make my visit to Orizaba. I’m still nervous but excited about it too.
Mountain & Route Facts
The Pico de Orizaba sometimes known as Citlaltépetl (from Nahuatl citlal(in) = star, and tepētl = mountain), is a stratovolcano, the highest mountain in Mexico and the third highest in North America, after Denali (formerly known as Mount McKinley) of the United States and Mount Logan of Canada. It rises 5,636 metres (18,491 ft) above sea level in the eastern end of the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt, on the border between the states of Veracruz and Puebla. The volcano is currently dormant but not extinct, with the last eruption taking place during the 19th century. It is the second most prominent volcanic peak in the world after Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro.