Hi, this is Stuart and Danny checking in for Alpine Ascents Mexico Volcanoes trip 2. I am pleased to report all the climbers on the team consisting of Alex, Josh, Phil, Wolfgang and Carl have arrived here safely today and yesterday with all their bags.
This afternoon 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 great Argentine steak restaurant Quebracho for some steaks washed down with a little Malbec. I have used it for the welcome dinner for the past couple of years and found it to be excellent and again it did not disappoint this time around. It furthermore got Danny’s stomach accustomed to good Bife de Chorizo and Malbec before his two upcoming Aconcagua trips. Perhaps though we should have skipped dinner and gone to watch Mexico’s International football game at the Estadia Azteca. I will get there one day!
Everybody is doing well, some a little tired from the travel, but looking forward to the trip ahead. It’s a nice cool, overcast fall evening here in Mexico City. We had alittle rain in the afternoon which seemed to clear up the mugginess. 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 and vegetables, 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.
Danny and I are greatly looking forward to piecing together a successful expedition, success not solely based on whether we summit or not, but having a safe, fun time down here. 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. Again, all is well here and thanks for tuning in