Relaxing in Puebla

The Team is enjoying a well deserved rest today in the beautiful city of Puebla after our success on Iztaccihuatl yesterday. We are all greatly looking forward to our next objective El Pico De Orizaba tomorrow. It seems a couple of my cyber casts did not successfully go through so I will give you a brief recap of our progress so far.

We awoke yesterday at our high camp hut the Otis Macallister at the base of the Ayoloco Glacier in the early hours to precipitation and very poor visibility which was somewhat disheartening . The remnants of hurricane Patricia it seems had not fully blown through the area. Danny and I decided it was prudent to give it a bit more time before leaving the hut to see if things improved and to make navigation a little easier with daylight. Unfortunately from a summit viewpoint perspective little changed with the weather however we decided to give it ago at 5.00am and once we topped out certainly were glad we gave it a shot. Myself, Danny Ted and Jason all made the summit in good style at around 8.30am. It certainly required a little more tenacity and perseverance from the team than is usually required. After that we descended down to the La Joya trail head where we were meet by Arnoldo, our driver and tour guide who had kindly prepared a lunch for us and had our welcome change of dry clothes. The team spent today on a tour with Arnoldo, sightseeing in the historic old town and relaxing in our beautiful boutique hotel the El Sueno. They say a picture is worth a thousand word so I have included some here to give you a glimpse of our trip so far. Everyone says “hello” and sends their love and we are all looking forward to future successes on Orizaba in the coming few days.

Thanks for tuning in.



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