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Climbers on Pico de Orizaba’s summit, Mexico 8th December 2010

3 Responses to “Climbers on Pico de Orizaba’s summit, Mexico”

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    Très belle photographie avec un traitement de qualité. Félicitations pour l’ascension et pour la photo.

    admin Reply:

    @Kevin, merci pour tu commentaires :) Est une sommet tres jolie

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    Popocatepetl from Paso de Cortez, Mexico, stock photography by|ExposedPlanet:

    […] to climb Popo. It is 5,426 m (17,802 ft) and therefore the 2nd highest mountain of Mexico, after Pico de Orizaba.The name Popocatepetl comes from the Nahuatl words popōca ‘it smokes’ and tepētl […]

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Climbers on Pico de Orizaba’s summit, Mexico

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A guide embraces his client on the summit of Pico de Orizaba at dawn, happy for a safe ascent to the highest point of Mexico.


“The Pico de Orizaba, or Citlaltépetl (from Nahuatl citlal(in) = star, and tepētl = mountain), is a stratovolcano, the highest mountain in Mexico and the third highest in North America. It rises 5,636 meters (18,490 feet) above sea level in the eastern end of the Eje Volcánico Transversal mountain range, on the border between the states of Veracruz and Puebla. The volcano is currently dormant but not extinct (..) It is the second most prominent volcanic peak in the world after Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro.

The Pico overlooks the valley and city of Orizaba, from which it gets its name. The name Citlaltépetl is not used by Nahuatl speakers of the Orizaba area, who instead call it Istaktepetl (Iztactépetl in the traditional orthography for Classical Nahuatl) ‘White Mountain’.

A regionally dominant peak, and in fact the highest peak between Colombia and the Yukon, the Pico de Orizaba is ranked 7th in the world in topographic prominence. It is the second most prominent volcanic peak in the world after Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro. Although it is about 110 km (75 miles) inland, to the west of the port of Veracruz, its peak is visible to ships approaching the port in the Gulf of Mexico, and at dawn rays of sunlight strike the Pico while Veracruz still lies in shadow. The Pico is ranked 16th in the world for topographic isolation.

The peak is one of three volcanoes that contain permanent snow and glaciers in Mexico. The others are Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl.”

(Note: Actually the glaciers on the mentioned 2 mountains have all but gone and also Pico de Orizaba’s glaciers are melting at an alarming rate…)

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