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“I climbed Mt.Usborne on Monday 27.02.17, on a glorious, really warm day. You really need to check the forecast as the weather can change very quickly. You also need to be fairly fit!
I left Stanley at 0800 and only returned at 1945 - so it is quite a long day, though, with permission, it can be shortened.
Take the road to MPA, then continue towards Darwin, but turn right, a little before Darwin, heading for San Carlos. Continue along this road for around 5km, when you will find a wide (10/15m) sort of rotorvated route across the 'moor' on your right. As this is private land, I parked just off the main road, but with permission, you can, if the weather is dry, drive along this rotorvated route for around 5km, thus saving much time. The owner is Goose Green Farm, but I didn't have their email address.
This initial route, heading more or less for the middle of the flat top of Usborne, is quite undulating, but easy going, passing a pond on the left, and will lead you to a fence-line, where there is a gate. The rotorvated route ends here. You can see the route to here on Google Earth.
Continue through the gate, soon veering slightly left, and later even more left, along a single 4x4 track, apparently heading along the base of the mountains. As I felt this was not quite the right direction, I turned off 45 degrees to the right when the track took a further turn to the left. I was then heading towards the saddle between Usborne summit on the right, and the next mountain on the left. You will find this part of the route is very uneven underfoot, and you need to take it relatively slowly for fear of twisting your ankle. Ahead of me, at about 1.5km was a junction of 3 fences, with a square wooden arch over a gate - aim for this point, then carefully climb the fence. From here, head generally in the direction of the middle of the flat table-top of Usborne, picking the easiest route between/over the stone runs, but watch your footing when crossing the stone runs. You are now climbing gently at first, though the gradient gets steeper as you get higher. Near the top, I actually saw a small group of goats, the first I have ever seen in the Falklands!
Once on the top, turn left to the actual summit, where there is a cairn with a pole (old exhaust pipe) in it, and a 'visitors book' in an old ammo box. I was surprised this was the highest point, as the other end of the 'table' looks noticeably higher, though this must just be an optical illusion. On a good day, the views are stunning, and don't forget to look over the other side at the tarns in their rock 'cirques'.
This route up, at roughly 11.2kms, took me 4 hours, and the return, roughly the same way, 3 hours. I found that coming down, it was easier to pick the best route between the stone runs.
If you have the time, and wish to see a fine example of the C19th stone corrals (for herding the wild cattle of the time), proceed to the gate at the end of the rotorvated route, then head east along the fence line for a few hundred metres, until you drop down into a shallow valley with a stream in the bottom (you can cross an old rickety bridge here). Opposite, on the other side, is a narrow rocky valley, and just inside this valley, on the right, is the corral, built against the rocky side.
If you get permission, and are able to drive along this first bit of the route, you should have plenty of time for this diversion. Anyway, good luck. Let me know how you get on.”
Ken. from UNITED KINGDOM - 09 Mar 2017
“Our group of 12 hikers did Thabana Ntlenyana on Saturday 4 March 2017. We slept at Sani Top Backpackers on Friday night and set off at 6am with 2 guides from the Lodge. The hike from the Lodge is 32kms there and back and took us just under 11 hours. It is not a technical hike, lovely scenery along the way – the altitude did get to a few of our party. We had bitterly cold conditions, driving rain and then full sunshine. You have about 8 river crossings, plus walk thru a lot of marsh and wetlands. Most enjoyable.”
Alison Chadwick from SOUTH AFRICA - 07 Mar 2017
Which roughly translates as white woman, due to the glaciers existing around 15,000 feet (5,000 meters) above sea level and that still to this day survive, is an extinct volcano offering spectacular views of the central Mexico's Sierra Madre and the valleys of Mexico City (Tenochtitlán), Puebla City and Toluca. Iztaccíhuatl is also often called the "Sleeping Lady" because of the obvious shape of a laying down woman, face up, as though she was by a spell, asleep through millennia.
The climbing on the classical routes is mostly very moderate "hiking" to slightly technical "scrambling" or glacier (now s lot of them drying up), with some alternative routes which offer some added adventure (beware loose rock and poor ice conditions). Most climbers stick to the two main routes "la normal" or the "Portillos" route or the "Ayoloco" route which attacks the summit from the State of Mexico side up to the "Belly" glacier of the Sleeping Woman shape of the mountain. Guide services are provided from different cities but the most reputable ones are either from Mexico City or Puebla, Mex City being only a couple hours away driving or by bus, but since local transports are inconsistent, driving or hiring a guide service is better than taking the bus and missing the last bus down to any city.
A Mexico City based company called "Mexico Climbing" (on Facebook) offers premier all included service to the summit on a two day logistic. Climbing Izta is a safe trip from nearby Amecameca town, since an isolated crime incident made Mexico Climbing guides spring into action and perform a series of negotiations with the Mexican government, starting with a televised march/ascent against crime and violence started by yours truly Paco Trad and a few brave volunteers that resulted in the first Mountain Police ever in Mexico. Now a days the mountain is very peaceful, but climbing up from the town of San Rafael as opposed to Amecameca, is still not advised and best be avoided until deemed safe again. Seems illegal timber/logging is a very profitable business and local mobsters from the San Rafael side are reluctant to give free passing to hikers.
All in all, climbing Iztaccíhuatl is very safe from Amecameca for either of the two most popular routes and hopefully some rock climbing and bouldering might find it's way into the local talent's curiosity. There is some potential in adventure rock climbing and possibly some bouldering, ice is receding as in all the rest of the world but some years you will still find good snow covered glaciers and maybe some steep ice for the more experienced mountaineers.
High Altitude Sickness is to be taken seriously since rescues are not very swift and helicopters cannot fly in because of nearby Popocatepetl active volcano. Unless you are a well experienced climber mountaineer, a guide will be most useful to keep you safe and communicated via VHF radio with the local Mountain Police.
Have a safe and fun climb and as we say in Mexico Climbing:
FELICES ESCALADAS!!! Happy Climbing!!!”
Paco Trad from MEXICO - 27 Feb 2017
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