The Team heads to El Pico de Orizaba for some acclimatizing and a burrito dinner before attempting the summit in the morning

Friends, family, loved ones, Stuart here calling in from the Piedra Grande Hut on El Pico de Orizaba, just a little under 14,000 feet I believe.

Yesterday we left Puebla, we drove to Tlachichuca, where we boarded 4×4 vehicles at the Canchola compound and we worked our way up the mountainside, always an interesting drive.

El Pico de Orizaba, completely different character really from Iztaccíhuatl, Popocatépetl, which look out onto big urban conurbation of Mexico City and Puebla. Here I think the strongest feeling is one of isolation and solitude on this mountain, a beautiful mountain.

Today we did a little acclimatization hike, we worked our way up towards the Sarcophago, nice and easy. Everyone’s feeling good. We’re looking at going in the early hours tomorrow morning. So looking good, weather’s good, good crowd.

Tonight we’re going to enjoy a burrito meal with some chips and salsa if Kevin doesn’t eat all the chips before dinner.

So thanks folks for tuning in and we’ll maybe take the phone up tomorrow and look forward to hopefully reporting a safe and successful trip. It’s certainly going to be safe. So thanks a lot for tuning in and look forward to chatting in the near future. Bye for now.


  • Puffy

    Down Fill-Weight vs. Down Fill-Power: Why the Latter Doesn’t Matter

    How exactly can you shop for a down jacket…and be confident it’s going to be warm enough? Here, we break down one aspect of down jacket selection. Alternatively, check out the insulation we offer for men and women, and email us with your questions. How much down is in this jacket? The key question to […]

  • Boots for Mount Rainier: Singles or Doubles?

    Easily the most common question we are asked is, “What kind of boots will I wear on my Rainier climb?” Here, we break down how we decide. Two Boot Types We use two main types of boots in Washington’s Cascades Range, which includes Mount Rainier and Mount Baker among other peaks: double boots and single […]

  • Bigr

    The Notebook: When Should I Climb Rainier?

    Alpine Ascents climbs Mount Rainier from May through September. We are often asked which dates to choose, so here we break down the merits of each month. Mount Rainier’s Climbing Season(s) Mount Rainier can be climbed year-round. For climbers willing to adventure, even the more challenging shoulder seasons can provide interesting climbing or skiing. A […]

Partners & Accreditations

Alpine Ascents International is an authorized mountain guide service of Denali National Park and Preserve and Mount Rainier National Park.
© Copyright 2019 All Rights Reserved. Alpine Ascents International