The Team is enjoying a well-deserved rest today in the beautiful city of Puebla after our success on Iztaccihuatl yesterday. We are all greatly looking forward to our next objective El Pico De Orizaba tomorrow.
We awoke yesterday at our camp on Izta in the early hours to a beautiful night with a full moon and spectacular views of the lights of Amecameca, Tlalmanalco and Mexico City. 5 of our team members and one of our local guides Alfredo all made the summit in good style just after the sun was rising. Each team member at some point had to dig deep and their success is testament to the tenacity and perseverance they all exhibited. They were rewarded with spectacular views, I am sure. I turned around with two of our team members Waco and Zane just a few hundred feet from the summit. Unfortunately we were not able to join the main group on top this iteration , however both tried their best and got high on the mountain and I have the upmost respect for prudent, conservative decision making in the mountains, After that we all descended down to the La Joya trail head where we were meet by Arnoldo, our driver and tour guide who had kindly prepared a lunch for us and had our welcome change of clean clothes. The team spent today on a tour with Arnoldo, sightseeing in the historic old town of Puebla, Cholula and relaxing in our beautiful boutique hotel the El Sueno. They say a picture is worth a thousand word so I have included some here to give you a glimpse of our trip so far. Everyone says “hello” and sends their love and we are all looking forward to future successes on Orizaba in the coming few days.
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Hi, this is Stuart checking in for the Alpine Ascents Mexico Volcanoes trip . Our last trip of three this season down here. After prudently cancelling trips last season due to the worldwide COVID pandemic we have worked hard this year to make this happen safely. I am pleased to report all but one of our climbers on the team consisting of Victor, Mark, Brett, Zane, Keith, Waco and Kent have arrived here safely today or in the past couple of days with all their bags. Katelyn’s flight was delayed and she will, I am sure, be with us a little later this evening. All are repeat Alpine climbers which is great to see and the Mexico volcanoes will be a valuable progression as they take climbing a little further and higher
This afternoon we all met up in our hotel gardens, the Maria Cristina in the heart of Mexico City for a quick gear check, orientation and Team introductions. The gear check went smooth which is a testament to the individuals’ preparedness and attention to detail. We then went out a few blocks away to a great Argentine steak restaurant Quebracho for some steaks washed down with a little Malbec, Pino Noir and some cactus drink. I have used it for the welcome dinner for the past 10 or 11 years and have always found it to be excellent and again it did not disappoint this time around.
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 fairly heavy rain a couple of days ago in Mexico City but that seemed to clear up the mugginess and improve air quality. Today was mostly sunny and pleasantly warm. Hopefully these systems are bringing some needed snow to the mountains as well, there have been a few too many low snow seasons down here in the recent past. Mexico City is particularly vibrant this time of year with Valentines day coming up. This trip already touches on the senses and the holiday just adds to it
Tomorrow we will be joined by Arnoldo and his son who do our driving and tour guiding. Arnoldo is the best of the best, you don’t get any better. We normally do 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. Unfortunately the former is closed with the COVID pandemic so we will likely just leave the city and head east to the mountains. En route we will stop off at Amecameca for lunch and to pick up fresh fruit and vegetables, bottled water, and some other last minute purchases at the local market
Our first objective is Iztaccíhuatl, a 5,230 m (17,160 ft) mountain. It is the nation’s third highest, after Pico de Orizaba 5,636 m (18,491 ft) and Popocatépetl 5,426 m (17,802 ft). The name “Iztaccíhuatl” is Nahuatl for “white woman”, reflecting the four individual snow-capped peaks which depict the head, chest, knees and feet of a sleeping female when seen from east.
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 almost always good news and no need to worry, your family and friends are in good hands. It seems in the past few years in particular satellite reception on Izta is somewhat spotty and it all too frequently cuts out. Again, all is well here and thanks for tuning in.
The trip was highly enjoyable. Good mix of touring and experiencing the local culture, as well as preparing and executing objectives. Our guide was highly knowledgeable and capable. His guiding experience and ability to make well-informed decisions on the mountain inspired confidence. The program is perfect as is. I’d recommend it to friends.