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    anybody know "el nevado de toluca"??

    hey guys, well at least the guys in Mexico... Im planing a trip to El Nevado de Toluca on monday with a couple other friends. We dont know for sure which trail were doin or anything...plus ive never ridden there. (Puebla local rider.) so anyways.
    i need to know a couple of things... 1) how cold does it get?? and 2) would it be too hard if I bring my girlfriend along?? (hard as in technical... shes got good stamina)
    chido gracias

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    Quote Originally Posted by triphop
    1) how cold does it get?? and 2) would it be too hard if I bring my girlfriend along?? (hard as in technical... shes got good stamina)
    chido gracias
    I've hiked up it and it can be hard. I think the top is close to 15,000ft. At least that's what my friend's altimeter said. We got caught in a hailstorm on the way back down - in September. I imagine it would be pretty cold now. Maybe some snow on top. You could take the fireroad up and there is some nice singletrack to descend. I don't know names of trails or anything though - others might be able to help you on that.

    As for your girlfriend, that's a tough call, not knowing her. You could always go up and down the fireroad, but I think the decider would be the weather and altitude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by triphop
    hey guys, well at least the guys in Mexico... Im planing a trip to El Nevado de Toluca on monday with a couple other friends. We dont know for sure which trail were doin or anything...plus ive never ridden there. (Puebla local rider.) so anyways.
    i need to know a couple of things... 1) how cold does it get?? and 2) would it be too hard if I bring my girlfriend along?? (hard as in technical... shes got good stamina)
    chido gracias
    Hello
    Im from Mazatlan and i am planning to climb el Nevado too.
    I`ll make a mountain biking trip to center Mexico.
    For what i ahve heard it is preetty hard.
    It is cold, the altitude will make climbing WAY harder.
    There are two ways up you start at the park and go up on a fireroad up till almost half the way up where you encounter La bajad del diablo and you go up to it... echnical rocky singletrack that leads you to the crater.
    Or you can continue along the fireroad to the antenas where youll pass through a downhill course after that youll climb again up to the crater on fireroad... and then you can try the bajada del diablo after you are really tired
    You should start your journey around 10 am so when you start descending the snow and ice has melted.
    I`ll hope to climb iton the 26th.
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    Be sure to post pictures of it, when you do go.

    When I was there, they had a rally race going on, so the fire road was closed. We hiked up nice singletrack.

    My buddy in Colorado has ridden it before, so I'll drop a line to him and see what he says. He may have just shuttled it though.

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    great! thanx for all the input guys, that downhill course sound interesting. so I take it the GF isnt coming along this time (better safe than sorry). Ive got some cold weather gear so I hope I dont freeze, and hope the altitude wont do much damage... I ride above 2200mts anyways... but Ill take it easy just in case.

    I will take pics... but I need someone to teach me how to upload them in a message... like I was a 4yr old. (Is there a sticky somewhere on the boards for this?)

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    Hi, you can do "EL Nevado" in 3 ways as far as I know:
    a) From Toluca you pack your bike on cab and tell him to take you to the "terraceria" (fire road?) next to the town of "Rices", (about 19 km) from there you can pedal your way to "The first chain"; about 3km of climbing on loose soil. From there you take the fire road that goes up... for obout 17 km and takes you to 3600 m ASL. There is a second chain there, with 4km more to go, in the end you will be at 4200 m ASL...
    b) You can leave your car at the first chain and start climbing from there...
    c) You can doi only the last 4 km...
    I haven't been there yet, this are the directions I have received from the locals, I plan to go on a recognaisance at least to the sencond chain next wednesday so I can give more precise directions to Mr. Pornstar, I'm hopping to ride with him next dec 26 (I'm I right?).
    About the local climate: There isn't any snow on the volcano yet; today we were at about -2 deg. C in the morning, we are now at 17 deg C (noon) so I would recomend start climbing at 9 am in order to reach the complicated parts of the ride when the ice has melted and it's not too hot to get dehidrated.
    How hard is it? Well, I can only give you the comments I've received from the locals:
    - The hardest part is from the firs chain to the second chain, the climbs are more step than on the second part.
    - Try to be rested on monday and well hydratated (sp?), as there isn't any snow yet you may only need a jacket or a jersey, something you can put in your back pack when it gets hot.
    - Full gloves are almost mandatory, it really gets chilli with the speed!
    - Let someone knows at what time are you starting your ride and at what time you are planning to go back (anything from 2 to 4 hrs.)
    I'll be working on monday (in Toluca) but if you need further assistance send a PM or mail.

    Antonio Rivas

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    Quote Originally Posted by triphop
    great! thanx for all the input guys, that downhill course sound interesting. so I take it the GF isnt coming along this time (better safe than sorry). Ive got some cold weather gear so I hope I dont freeze, and hope the altitude wont do much damage... I ride above 2200mts anyways... but Ill take it easy just in case.

    I will take pics... but I need someone to teach me how to upload them in a message... like I was a 4yr old. (Is there a sticky somewhere on the boards for this?)
    Good luck with the ride!!!

    This is a ride we had been longly planning but I hope we could make it for real on next january.

    Just because you have ridden above 2200m don't get too confident! At 3000 there's a ugly air-lack kick. Nevado is above 4000m!!! Certainly it can be a death march if you dont take it easy by the beginning.

    We're riding usually between the 2600m and 3000m marks... and I'd take it with a lot of respect even on the fireroad.

    Have fun and post pictures!!!
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    Nevado here we go

    Yei! Mr Rivas...
    I am glad you are gonna be able to make it.
    Well it doesnt sound as that bad 21 kms of climbing is a doable task if you pace yourself.
    I am sure going to take along an extra pair of batteries to handle the way back.
    BTW i have a map for the Nevado... it has the fireroads and the singletracks as wll as the downhill section and "la bajada del diablo"
    But i dont know how to post it
    If anyone needs it i`ll email it or something like that.
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    To post a picture yo have to scroll down to where it says "attach files" and there is a big button called "upload images". Another window will open. Click on the button which says "examinar" or "examinate" and search the picture you want to post. Then click on upload and wait until the black text says "image uploaded". Then click on "close this window".
    Some firiends hiked the nevado last weekend. They said to me it was friggin cold and had lots of mist.

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    ok it`s done
    good luck
    Lesson of the month: Don`t run of a cliff on your Mountain Bike. It`s quite painful.

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