Entries From Mexico’s Volcanoes 2-11-12

Mexico’s Volcanoes:  Team Meets in Mexico City

Posted by: Jake Beren | February 11, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 7,300'

Hello from Mexico City,
Tonight the team arrived, all with the same number of bags they left the states with and ready to go.  We had a great intro dinner at a classic Centro Historico restaurant and retired to get a good night’s sleep before leaving the city tomorrow.  Off to a good start down here and we’ll check in from La Malinche tomorrow.

RMI Guide Jake Beren


Mexico’s Volcanoes: Team Meets in Mexico

Posted by: Jake Beren | February 11, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 7,300'

Hello from Mexico City,

Tonight the team arrived, all with the same number of bags they left the states with and ready to go.  We had a great intro dinner at a classic Centro Historico restaurant and retired to our rooms to get a good night’s sleep before leaving the city tomorrow.  Off to a good start down here and we’ll check in from La Malinche tomorrow.

RMI Guide Jake Beren


Mexico’s Volcanoes: Team Arrives in Mexico City

Posted by: Jake Beren | February 12, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 7,300'

Hello from Mexico City,

Tonight the team arrived, all with the same number of bags they left the states with and ready to go.  We had a great intro dinner at a classic Centro Historico restaurant and retired to our rooms to get a good night’s sleep before leaving the city tomorrow.  Off to a good start down here and we’ll check in from La Malinche tomorrow.

RMI Guide Jake Beren


Mexico’s Volcanoes: Acclimatization Hike on La Malinche

Posted by: Jake Beren | February 13, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 10,000'

Hello this is the RMI Mexico’s Volcanoes Team checking in from La Malintzi, which is at the base of La Malinche (14,636 feet) this is the mountain we went hiking on today. For the first time that I’ve ever seen there was a fair bit of snow to hike through up top to get to the ridge.  The team did very well getting through some pretty good conditions; a little bit of snow, a little bit of wind, and a little bit of rain.  A real mixed bag. It was a great day and everyone did very well. We are going to grab some dinner and get ready to head toward the Altzimoni hut tomorrow which is at the base of Ixta. 

That’s all from here, everyone is doing great and we will keep you posted.

RMI Guide Jake Beren


RMI Guide Jake Beren checks in from Mexico after the team's acclimatization hike.

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: Team Heads to Altzimoni Hut

Posted by: Jake Beren | February 14, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 12,000'

Hello from the Mexico’s Volcanoes Team,

Today we left our high altitude training site ready to go higher. After a lovely brunch overlooking the Txacala waterfall we continued to the town of Amecameca to finish acquiring our provisions for Ixta. Loaded with plenty of food we drove to Paso de Cortez, the col between Ixta and Popo, to finish our approach to the Altzimoni hut. Here we rest, with full bellies, and finish our last preparations before hitting the trail to our high camp on Ixtaccihuatl.
The weather has been a bit unseasonable so far, with rare snow at these elevations. Folks from the surrounding towns have been driving up to check out the snow and we have passed more than a few cars with tiny snowmen perched on their hoods. Our fingers are crossed that the “White Woman” (as Ixtaccihuatl is known because it resembles a woman sleeping on her back, and is often covered with snow) will be without her blanket of clouds tomorrow.

Wish us luck,
RMI Guide Jake Beren

Ixtaccihuatl (17,340), the seventh highest peak in North America.  Photo: RMI Collection Altzimoni Hut (12,000') on Ixtaccihuatl.  Photo: RMI Collection The Mexico's Volcanoes Team in front of Ixtaccihuatl.  Photo: Jake Beren

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Good Luck Team Hermano!

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Posted by: Hannah on 2/15/2012 at 6:51 am

Hope you had a brilliant summit.  Post some pictures and send my love to mr. Rogers.

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Posted by: Bonny Rogers on 2/15/2012 at 5:48 am


Mexico’s Volcanoes:  Team Readies for Summit Attempt

Posted by: Jake Beren, JJ Justman | February 14, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 14,750'

Hello everyone,

This is RMI Guide JJ Justman checking in. We want to let everyone following our Mexico’s Volcanoes Expedition know that we are at high camp on Ixta (14,750ft).  The Team is doing fantastic. We are preparing for our summit bid tomorrow, so we are getting our water ready. We are planning on waking up around midnight and getting hot drinks going for our crew.
It is pretty unusual right now, there is a ton of snow that you don’t normally see here on Ixta, but it is actually making for some pretty nice climbing.  Weather is calm there is no wind, so we will keep our fingers crossed.  It’s looking like it is going to be a great day tomorrow, so stay tuned.  We will check in again tomorrow and will hopefully have some great news.  We are looking at a nice safe climb of Ixta.

Ciao from Mexico!

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: Team Ready for Orizaba Climb after Rest

Posted by: Jake Beren | February 17, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

Yesterday was a rest day in the colonial town of Puebla. This is a fun day for the team, one where everyone gets a chance to explore the town a get taste of this beautiful Mexican city. We reconvened at dinner to share the day’s exploits. Trips to the city’s fort, churches, shopping and general exploration were the missions recounted at dinner. Now it’s off to Tlachichuca, where we will rig for our attempt on Orizaba. The weather looks more promising today, and we all hope it holds and improves for another few days. Wish us luck amigos.

RMI Guide Jake Beren

Exploring the Colonial City of Puebla.  Photo: Jake Beren Over looking the city of Puebla.  Photo:  Jake Beren From Puebla we can see La Malinche where the team took their first acclimatization hike.  Photo: Jake Bere
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Good luck. I hope the weather cooperates this time so you can summit Orizaba.

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Posted by: Bonny on 2/17/2012 at 3:51 pm


Mexico’s Volcanoes: Orizaba Summit!

Posted by: Jake Beren | February 18, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 18,701'

Hello everybody. This is Jake, JJ, Fernando, Mike, Mav, Bob, Jim, Peter, April, Cyrus, Christopher and Matt. We are all on the summit of Orizaba! Everybody did super well. We got 100% of our team up.  Everyone climbed super strong.  Light winds, beautiful day. We can see all the mountains in Mexico that we’ve been around and everyone is doing super great. Wish us luck on the descent and we’ll call in later.  Nice job everybody.  Thanks a lot!

RMI Guide Jake Beren

The team organizes their gear. Headed for Orizaba. The Top of Orizaba!


Jake Beren calls from the Orizaba summit!

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Congratulations to all! First summit for the ‘Cuse crew! Safe trip back.
Love,Mama Beck

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Posted by: Ann Beck on 2/18/2012 at 3:14 pm


Mexico’s Volcanoes: Team Returns to Tlachichuca After Orizaba Climb

Posted by: Jake Beren, JJ Justman | February 18, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

Hello from Tlachichuca,

Upon our arrival to the Piedra Grande Hut, we heard from fellow guides that they had been turned due to bad weather the night before on Orizaba. It appears as though Central Mexico has been getting hit hard these days by the weather demons, and not just on Ixta. When we woke last night a different story was being written. It was downright balmy!  It did cool off as we climbed, but we enjoyed near perfect weather as we climbed through a little bit of new snow to the glacier where most fresh precipitation had been blown far away.

The team did a great job on a huge day and we all stood on top together, with great views of Mexico’s volcanoes even Ixta came out for the first time all week.

Thanks to a great team, Mexico crew and fellow guides JJ and Fernando for an awesome trip!

RMI Guide Jake Beren

The RMI team ascending Orizaba at sunrise. RMI Guide JJ Justman and his rope team headed to the Orizaba summit.