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Jan. 4th Mexico Volcanoes – Final Transcript

We woke up at 1130pm “this morning” to start our ascent of the 3rd highest mountain in North America: Pico de Orizaba. The weather was perfect throughout our climb and four climbers and three guides made the summit. We climbed … Continue reading

AAI Mexico Volcanoes Jan. 3

Hello All, The team travelled to 13,700 feet yesterday afternoon and setup camp at the Orizaba Basecamp. We had some ridiculously good burritos for dinner and then turned in for an early night. Most folks enjoyed 10-12 hrs of rest/sleep … Continue reading

Jan. 2 Mexico Volcanoes

Hey Everyone, We all enjoyed another rest day today and are currently en route to our Basecamp at the base of Pico de Orizaba, the third highest mountain in North America. The plan is to setup camp and then have … Continue reading

Jan. 1 Mexico Volcanoes Update

Hello All, The team had a well deserved rest day in Puebla today. We had a leisurely breakfast, relaxed and then had a great lunch overlooking the incredible Zocola Square. After lunch the team went on a nice walking tour … Continue reading

Summit Success in Mexico!

Not a bad way to spend the last day of 2021…The Alpine Ascents team summitted Iztaccihuatl earlier today. At over 17000 feet, this was several people’s highest point yet in their climbing careers! We are now en route to the … Continue reading

Mexico Volcanoes Dec. 30

After a cold night, we were all glad to see the sun hit camp this morning. Although we are almost I’m the tropics it still gets cold at 13,000 feet! We enjoyed an excellent breakfast with ham, eggs and the … Continue reading

Kilimanjaro Team 3 now known as Team Walimu Wazimu

Kilimanjaro Team 3 has chosen a team name and is now known as “Walimu Wazimu” which means “Crazy Teachers” in Swahili. Everyone on the team is a doctor or teacher and a little crazy to be tackling wacky adventures so … Continue reading

Alpine Ascents Mexico Volcanoes Dec. 29

Hello Followers, A beautiful day here in Mexico! We left the lodge behind and traveled to higher ground at the base of Iztaccihuatl. After registration with the park service we established our first camp of the trip and then went … Continue reading


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    by Brooke Warren People often ask if it’s boring to climb the same mountain over and over again. Honestly, it doesn’t get boring, because the route is constantly evolving and it’s amazing to witness the life cycle off the flora and fauna throughout an entire season. While summiting a mountain is a laudable goal, it’s […]

  • Dear Alpine: Foggy Glacier Glasses

    Hey Alpine, My glacier glasses get so foggy when I’m hiking up the Muir snowfield that it’s like my eyeballs are in a sauna.  How can I beat the steam and get my visibility back?   Help! Sincerely, Blinded by the Exertion  *** Hi Blinded, We’ve all been there!   Heavy breathing and eyewear are not a match […]

  • Guide Skills: What’s in the Kit?

    By Trevor Husted As part of our Guide Skills Development Series, this next post focuses on the essential items to include in your first aid kit if you are guiding an alpine climb. Have you taken an opportunity to look into your med kit lately? Perhaps question why something is even in there or maybe […]

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