National Geographic : 1940 Sep
Like Japan's Sacred Fuji, Orizaba Thrusts a Perfect Snow-white Cone toward the Heavens To many a traveler approaching Veracruz by steamer, this symmetrical mountain silhouetted on the horizon ishis first view ofMexico. Here itisseen from Juarez Park in Jalapa. Orizaba (18,077 feet) is exceeded in height in North America only by Mount McKinley in Alaska. Officers ofGeneral Scott's U.S.Army first scaled the cone in 1848. Experienced climbers have little difficulty in the ascent, and find glissading down the steep snow slopes thrilling sport.