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.

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