Mexico Volcanoes: Adam Knoff Recounts Their Ixta Summit Day

Posted by: Adam Knoff, JJ Justman | March 07, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 17,340'

We began our summit day on the “princess” mountain of Ixtaccihuatl with an early alpine start.  We left the climbers’ hut at 2 am with our headlamps on and darkness all around us.  We soon realized this mountain wasn’t going to be a ” warm up” for the taller Orizaba to come.  After a strenuous climb covering a huge linear distance, we reached the top six hours after starting out from high camp.  I was really impressed with everyone’s efforts.  This climb was a great confidence builder for the group, especially those who broke personal altitude records.  During the hike down everyone seemed to be congratulated by the forming of nice foot blisters but all pain was forgotten in Puebla after a few cervezas and a great meal. 

RMI Guide Adam Knoff

The team on the Ixta Summit! Photo: JJ Justman

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Hi David Odell - we hope you are having a great time on this Mexican adventure.  We are thinking about you and praying for a safe time.  Blessings and love, Pat, Chrissy, Melissa and Leo

Posted by: Chrissy Odell DiNovo on 3/9/2013 at 9:13 am

Congrats to all! Nicely done Bill and Kevin. I’m having a wee dram of the Laphroig 18 year old right now in your honor.

Dave

Posted by: Dave Larson on 3/7/2013 at 3:41 pm

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