Volcanoes of Mexico comes to a close

The Volcanoes of Mexico team had a successful summit of Sierra Negra, the 5th highest peak in Mexico! Due to icy conditions and wind on Jamapa Glacier, the group was unable to summit their final objective, El Pico de Orizaba. Spirits are high as the team heads back to Mexico City to connect with friends and family back home. Thanks for following along on our expedition to Mexico’s highest peaks!

Call from the summit of Sierra Negra!

Volcanoes of Mexico prepares to Climb Sierra Negra

The team is currently in Zoapan (10,000’). Today, they are off to Sierra Negra (15,354’) today for acclimatization hike. Fun fact, Sierra Negra, in addition to being the fifth highest peak in Mexico, is the site for two of the world’s premier astronomical instruments, the Large Millimeter Telescope and the High Altitude Water Cherenkov Observatory. After their hike, they will head to Piedra Grande (14,000’) later this afternoon.

Team prepares to climb

The Volcanoes of Mexico team is enjoying good weather as they prepare to climb. The team is now resting from today’s acclimatization hike. Everyone is in good health, and the group is doing well and feeling strong. Stay tuned for more updates!

Greetings from Mexico City

Hi, this is Stuart checking in for Alpine Ascents Mexico Volcanoes trip, the last of 4 trips this season. I am pleased to report all the climbers on the team have arrived here safely today and yesterday with all their bags.

This afternoon we all met up in our hotel, in Roma in the heart of Mexico City for a quick gear check, orientation and Team introductions. We then went out a few blocks away to a great little Mexican Restaurant I stumbled upon last night. The food I thought was excellent.

Everybody is doing well, some a little tired from the travel, but looking forward to the trip ahead. It’s a nice cool, overcast fall evening here in Mexico City. We had a little rain in the afternoon which seemed to clear up the mugginess. Tomorrow, after a quick visit to the National Museum of Anthropology and the The Zócalo which is the main square in the heart of the historic center of Mexico City, we will leave the city and head east to the mountains. En route we will stop off at Tlaxcala for lunch and to pick up fresh fruit and vegetables, bottled water, and some other last minute purchases.

Our first objective is La Malinche, a dormant volcano which is the nation's 6th highest peak. Sometime in the 17th century, the volcano took on its current moniker, La Malinche, after one of Mexican history’s most controversial figures. Born around the year 1500, La Malinche was a native Nahua woman who was sold as a slave to Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés. She would go on to serve as his translator and advisor, and Cortés would also choose her as his consort. Fluent in Nahuatl, Chontal Maya and eventually Spanish, La Malinche played a pivotal role in the conquest of Mexico. Officially, its summit reaches 4,461 metres (14,636 ft) above sea level

I am greatly looking forward to piecing together a successful expedition, success not solely based on whether we summit or not, but having a safe, fun time down here. I will try and cybercast each day but no news is always good news and no need to worry, your family and friends are in good hands. Again, all is well here and thanks for tuning in.

Here's a photo from our welcome dinner in Condesa.

Our guide was excellent! He was very approachable, knowledgeable, patient and added great energy to the group. I would highly recommend anyone join any of his future climbs.

High camp on Izta at the Otis Mcallister hut
Final push on the summit ridge of Orizaba
Looking over the Valley of Mexico and Mexico City from high camp on Izta
Alpine Ascents Mexico Volcanoes
Photo: Mario Simoes
Alpine Ascents Mexico Volcanoes
Photo: Mario Simoes
Summit ridge of Izta
Street artist in Cholula, Mexico
The Aztec calendar on display at the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City
Climbers on a day hike to acclimate near Izta
High camp on Izta at the Otis Mcallister hut
Summit ridge on Izta with Popo in the background
Early morning sunrise with Orizaba castings its shadow
Looking down the summit ridge of Orizaba
Architecture in Mexico City
Mesoamerica artifacts at the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City

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