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Orizaba Hut Needs Repair Help

Posted on: March 10th, 2010 by admin

Temporary repairs to the Piedra Grande hut on Pico de Orizaba.

The Mexican Federation of Mountain Sports and Climbing (FMDMyE) is working to repair the roof of the Refugio Piedra Grande on Pico de Orizaba, which is North America’s third-highest mountain and a popular training climb for U.S. and Canadian mountaineers. The Piedra Grande hut is located at about 14,000 feet on the 18,490-foot volcano near Mexico City; it serves as base camp for the standard Jamapa Glacier route on the north side of the peak.

In February, members of FMDMyE made two trips to the hut to complete preliminary repairs to the roof, which has been badly damaged by high winds, causing numerous leaks. In May, the president of the FMDMyE, Alfredo Velázquez, plans to lead another group to complete more permanent repairs. However, the federation has raised only about one-third of the estimated budget for the job, and is seeking additional funding.

Contributions for the repair of the Piedra Grande hut can be sent to the FMDMyE account in Mexico:

Bank: HSBC
CLABE (routing number): 021180040380302196
Account: 4038030219
Federacion Mexicana de Deportes de Montaña y Escalada, A.C.

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