14 October, 2012 04:12

Hi this is Stuart checking in for Mexico Volcanoes Team number 1, kicking off the season down here for Alpine Ascents. I am pleased to report all the climbers on the team consisting of Ed, Keith, George and Dan have arrived here safely today in Mexico City with all their bags. This evening we all met up in our hotel, the Maria Cristina 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 good Argentine steak restaurant for some steaks washed down with a little Malbec. Everybody is doing well, a little tired from the travel, but looking forward to the trip. It’s a nice cool, overcast fall evening here in Mexico city. 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 Amecameca for lunch and to pick up fresh fruit, bottled water and some other last minute purchases. 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. Again all is well here and thanks for tuning in. 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. Stu

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