Our Mexico Volcanoes Team has arrived in Mexico City then feasted on steaks and Malbec with plans to sightsee before heading for the mountains

Hi, this is Stuart checking in for Alpine Ascents Mexico Volcanoes trip. I am pleased to report all the climbers on the team consisting of Mario, Matt, Alex and the two Kevins have arrived here safely today and yesterday 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 great Argentine steak restaurant Quebracho for some steaks washed down with a little Malbec. I used it last year and found it to be excellent and it did not disappoint this time around. Perhaps though in retrospect we should have gone to the Estadio Azteca for the Mexico-Panama game and bypassed dinner! It sounded fun and eventful.

Everybody is doing well, some 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. It is a fun group and I am sure we are going to have a safe and successful 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.

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