Mexico: Schellens & Team Acclimatize on La Malinche

Posted by: Geoff Schellens, Zeb Blais | February 16, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 14,640'

La Malinche summit!

Today was a busy day.  After a fantastic breakfast at our hotel in Mexico City we met our driver and loaded the van to the brim with all our gear.  By 9:00 we were bumping along the streets working our way out of the city and towards the hills.  After a few hours we found ourselves winding through the forests on the flanks of La Malinche.  We arrived at La Malintzi, an old Olympic training facility at 10,000 feet around noon and stowed our bags in our cabins.  With day packs packed and the noonday sun warming us, we started our acclimatization hike.  After two hours hiking through the forest, we broke out of the trees and began climbing up the scree trail to gain the ridge.  At 4:30 we found ourselves on the summit of La Malinche, 14,640’. Higher than any point in the continental United States. With perfect weather we began our descent scree skiing through the sandy section and back into the forest.  Happy and tired we all enjoyed our delicious dinner back at La Malintzi and headed to bed for some well-deserved rest.

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RMI Guide Geoff Schellens

Looking towards Pico de Orizaba from the summit of La Malinche.  Photo: RMI Collection

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