I’m happy to report that the team was able to successfully summit Orizaba! We left early in the morning and the first couple folks arrived at the top around 7:30am on Jan 5. Other members arrived shortly afterwards and we enjoyed another day of perfect climbing weather. Back in base camp, we loaded up our gear and began the journey back down the mountain and on towards Mexico City. We had one last group dinner and now folks are preparing to fly home or spend some extra time exploring Mexico City. Thanks for following along and I hope to see folks on future climbs!
Today was an excellent recovery day from climbing as we explored the cathedrals, pyramids, and cultural sites of Puebla and the neighboring city of Cholula. Folks learned a lot about the history of Mexico and we enjoyed a couple delicious meals, including one of the best restaurants in Puebla, El Mural de los Poblanos. With Izta behind us and the rest day complete, we are now looking forward to our next summit attempt. Tomorrow begins the journey out of Puebla and towards base camp of the flanks of Orizaba. Thanks for following along!
Pictured below: Approach to Izta high camp – Mexico City from Izta high camp – Sunrise from Izta summit ridge – Final push to Izta summit with Popo in the background – Izta summit! – Oldest library in North America – Pyramid steps in Cholula – Live music during lunch – Outside the oldest theater in North America – Puebla’s central Cathedral.
We had a great trip (in every way). Could not have asked for a better planned trip. We were unable to summit Orizaba because of weather, but the weather provided an element that created a new set of challenges and with it a new set of goals. It all worked!