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Ixtaccihuatl

Ixtaccihuatl. The Aztec name means “White Woman,” the Spaniards call it, less euphoniously, La mujer gordata.

The first ascent was made in 1889 by James de Salis, a Swiss resident of Mexico City, and was closely followed by that of H. Remsen Whitehouse and von Zedwitz. Whitehouse, an American and a member of the Alpine Club, was then American Secretary of Legation and Consul-General of the United States in Central America. Heilprin’s ascent was the third, his aneroid figure being 16,960 ft.