Pico de Orizaba summit,
as seen from camp at the media
Naranja, March 1987.
On 29th of January in 2000, the first Hellenic Mountain Expedition of the new millenium will depart from Greece in order to gain a new mountaineering achievement. The expedition will try to conquer mountain of 'El Pico de Orizaba' in Mexico. The peak of 'El Pico de Orizaba' is the highest peak in Mexico and the third highest in Northern America.
It has to be mentioned here that the peak of 'El Pico de Orizaba 5.760 m' has never been climbed by any Greek climbers in the past.
The members of the expedition are all members of Hellenic Mountaineering Clubs of Thessaloniki, and are:
The expedition will depart on 29th of January from Amsterdam International Airport where the members will meet. (Argyris and Pablos will depart from Thessaloniki and they will meet Maximos in Amsterdam, where he would have arrived from England earlier). They will fly with KLM direct to Mexico City, and the flight will last about 12 hours.
View from Pico de
Orizaba summit, 1986.
The northwest face of Orizaba,
taken on the Road to the Piedra Grande
base camp on March 25th, 1999.
El Pico de Orizaba, or Citlaltepetl, is an active volcano and its highest peak lies 5.760 meters above the Gulf of Mexico. It located 180 miles from Mexico City and has the following coordinates: latitude 19° 01' N and Longitude 97° 16' W. It is the highest peak in Mexico, and the third highest in North America, behind Mount McKinley (20,322 ft.) and Mount Logan (19,550 ft.). Its steep snow-covered cone fills the sky from the town of Orizaba, which lies at the mountain's southeast base.
Best Climbing Months are December, January, February, March, April (dry season). First climbed in 1848, by F. Maynard & G. Reynolds. Its more recent eruption happened in 1687.
The views from high on the mountain are excellent, with the Gulf of Mexico visible to the east and Popocatepetl (17,887 ft.) and Iztaccihuatl (17,342 ft.), Mexico's second and third highest mountains respectively, visible to the west.