Summit Success for the Mexican Alpine Beavers!

Hola! We got up for a 230am breakfast and started off from camp at 330am in pleasant temperatures. After climbing up through a maze of rocks and ice, we got a beautiful sunrise as we finally approached the glacier. Another couple hours of enjoyable, steep snow climbing the team reached the highest point in Mexico and 3rd highest in North America! As it is winter season in Alaska and Canada, it is highly likely that we were the highest people in North America this morning! After a long descent the entire team is safely back down and at the climbers lodge in Zoapan, ready to celebrate. Thanks again for following along and we will have another update for you tomorrow as we complete the cultural exploration part of our trip! Ari and team Mexican Alpine Beavers

Prepping for Summit Attempt

Hola! Today we had a leisurely morning and big breakfast before heading up a bit higher for a short acclimation hike. We then came back for lunch, reviewed our gear and climbing techniques, and had some more down time to organize for tomorrow. The team is all very excited and ready to attempt Pico de Orizaba! We will check back in at some point tomorrow after our climb and let you know how it goes. Thanks for following along! Ari and team Mexican Alpine Beavers

La Sierra Negra

Hola! Today we had breakfast at Orizaba Mountain Guides, then drove to Sierra Negra and hiked to 15,354ft/4680m ! We had great weather and the team is feeling strong. For 7 members, this was a new highest altitude record for them! We then headed back and had lunch before taking 4×4 vehicles up to our Orizaba basecamp. Everyone is excited to finally set foot on our main objective! We will update you again tomorrow, thanks for following along! Ari and the Mexican Alpine Beavers

Rest day for the Mexican Alpine Badgers!

Hola! Today we had breakfast in the beautiful courtyard of our hotel, then the team went for a walking tour of Puebla including seeing a 1500’s cathedral and the oldest library in the Americas. We had lunch at a historic hotel then left Puebla and headed to our next location; Orizaba Mountain Guides compound in Zoapan. We enjoyed a cervesa on the rooftop watching sunset over Orizaba, our first good view of our main objective. We will check back in tomorrow! Thanks for following along! Ari and team Mexican Alpine Beavers

Mexican Alpine Beavers summit La Malinche!

Hola! The team got up early and spent 5 hours climbing to the summit of La Malinche, at 4461m/14646ft! We were joined by a whole group of dogs on the summit that climbed all the way from our resort! We then descended, hopped in our vans and drove to the city of Puebla. We are staying in a beautiful hotel and had an amazing traditional Mexican meal at Los Murales restaurant. The team has also come up with the team name of "Mexican Alpine Beavers" based on an inside joke that has formed. Thanks for following along! Team Mexican Alpine Beavers

I think the expedition was great. I have nothing but praise for our guide and everyone I spoke with in your office. Reasonably priced, great guides.

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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