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Mexico’s Volcanoes: JJ & Team Ready for Summit Bid on Orizaba

Posted by: J.J. Justman, Solveig Waterfall | October 25, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 14,000'

Hi Everyone,

The team is at Sr. Reyes and we are all set to go. The sun is shining and we enjoyed great views of Orizaba on the drive in. We will now drive a 4x4 vehicle up to the hut, set up camp and prepare for our summit day tomorrow.

Wish us bueno suerte!

JJ, Solveig & Team

JJ & Team enjoying meal at Sr. Reyes

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: Team Resting in Puebla

Posted by: Solveig Waterfall, J.J. Justman | October 24, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

It is a day to explore the city of Puebla. The team is enjoying a day of rest and there’s no better place to do that than in this colorful city. Some of the teammates are on the search for cowboy boots. Some of us are going to partake in a culinary class to learn how to make Puebla’s signature dish…Mole Poblano! And of course, we will be sampling all the authentic cuisine we can.
The weather is improving so don’t go too far. Tomorrow we begin our adventure on Orizaba!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Popocatepetl from the flanks of Ixtaccihuatl.  Photo: JJ Justman RMI Mexico Volcanoes Team Members Ascending.  Photo: JJ Justman The October 19th Mexico Team ascending Ixta with new snow.  Photo: JJ Justman

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Mexico’s Volcanoes:  JJ & Team Check in from Ixta High Camp

Posted by: J.J. Justman, Solveig Waterfall | October 23, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 14,700'

Hey everyone this is JJ and Solveig with the Mexico team here on Ixta.  First we do want to let everyone know that everyone here on the team is safe and sound and second, we haven’t heard any news but we hope that everyone in Acapulco and the coast land of Mexico is ok with that hurricane.  Here on Ixta at High Camp at 14,700’, we have received the inland storm, I believe the remnants of what happened with that hurricane.  We received over a foot of snow last night, heavy winds and no visibility.  The winds have died down, it is not snowing any more.  We still don’t have good visibility.  But everyone is still in good spirits.  Needless to say, the mountain certainly said no to us for going to the top today but this is a day that is pretty obvious that the mountains are to be enjoyed and not conquered.  We are making the best of it, everyone is in great spirits, having fun and smiling.  Now our focus is packing up and getting down off of Ixta and into Puebla. Everyone says hello on the team and thanks for following along.  We will definitely show you some of the sites and sounds from Puebla, Mexico and maybe some of what it looked like yesterday getting up to high camp.  Everyone is doing great and we will touch base soon.  Our next objective is Orizaba and we are definitely keeping our fingers crossed for better weather.  Take care everyone.  Bye.

RMI Guide JJ Justman


RMI Guide JJ Justman checks in from high camp on Ixtaccihuatl.

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Mexico: Justman & Team at Ixta High Camp

Posted by: J.J. Justman, Solveig Waterfall | October 22, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 14,700'

We are camped in tents at 14,700’ high camp on Ixta. We have had clear mornings, then some clouds, and light precipitation in the evenings.  Our forecast remains fine- 70% chance of rain diminishing in a couple of days. The hurricane in the area is not affecting us. Tomorrow is our summit day.  Wish us luck!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Watching the sunset from high camp of Ixta.  Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide JJ Justman checks in from Ixta High Camp.

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: Team reaches hut on Ixta

Posted by: J.J. Justman, Solveig Waterfall | October 21, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 12,000'

It feels good to be in the mountains! Our team is nestled in the Altzomoni Hut near 12,000 feet! Of course we enjoyed a great breakfast fit for Kings and Queens before we arrived here. After a brief stop to do some last minute food shopping we arrived at camp early afternoon.

The rest of our day was filled with final packing preparations for our endeavor to make high camp on Ixta tomorrow. Everyone is doing fantastic. The weather is a little dreary but it’s not stopping us from having fun! And just because we are in the mountains doesn’t mean we have to act like it. Instead of freeze dried food, Solveig and I prepared a fresh Mexican carne asada dinner for the team. The fresh guacamole was a hit. It was devoured in seconds!

RMI Guides JJ Justman and Solveig Waterfall

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Mexico’s Volcanoes:  Team takes acclimating hike on La Malinche

Posted by: J.J. Justman, Solveig Waterfall | October 20, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 10,000'

Hi! This is Solveig Waterfall checking in from our Cabana at the La Malitzi Resort at the base of La Malinche.  We had a great acclimatization hike this afternoon and made it all the way to 13,000ft!  Everyone did great and the weather held off nearly long enough.  At the first sounds of thunder we began a hasty descent back to relative safety below tree line and then motored all the way back down to our cabins under heavy rainfall.  Everyone is in great spirits after a delicious dinner and we are all cozied up drying out clothing and boots next to the fireplace enjoying the sounds of the continued rain and thunder.  Quite the first day here in the mountains of Mexico! 
Tomorrow we will travel to the Altzomoni hut near the base of Ixta and begin preparations for our first big climb.  Crossing our fingers for an improvement in the weather!! 

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Mexico: JJ Justman and Team Arrive in Mexico City

Posted by: J.J. Justman, Solveig Waterfall | October 19, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

Here we are! Once again in Mexico City with another great climbing team. Yes, we are about to head into the mountains.  However, one of the greatest parts about international travel is experiencing the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of the beautiful countries we visit.

I’d like to disclose the name of the restaurant we had our orientation dinner. However, I cannot give away our secrets. How was it you may ask?....Amazing!!! And guess what! It only gets better!

RMI Guide JJ Justman

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Mt. Rainier: September 21st Summit!

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Solveig Waterfall | September 21, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Mt. Rainier Summit Climb led by Seth and Solveig Waterfall reached the summit at 7:00 this morning.  The guides reported clear and cold weather conditions. After spending some time on the summit, the team began their descent at 7:45 a.m.  We look forward to congratulating them back in Ashford at Rainier Basecamp this afternoon!

Views over Mt. Rainier's crater. Photo: Seth Waterfall
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Mt. Rainier: Summit Climbs on Top September 16th

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Solveig Waterfall | September 16, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 14,410'

The Four Day Summit Climb teams September 13 - 16 reached the summit of Mt. Rainier this morning just after 7 am.  RMI Guides Seth Waterfall and Solveig Waterfall reported clear skies above with a light wind from the SW.  There is a cloud deck lower on the mountain 9,500’.  The teams will enjoy some time on the summit before starting their descent to Camp Muir and continuing to Paradise later this afternoon.

Congratulations to today Summit Climb teams!

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Mt. Rainier: September 7th Update

Posted by: J.J. Justman, Solveig Waterfall | September 07, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mount Rainier
Elevation: 11,600'

Hi everyone. You know…it certainly can be disappointing. I guess that’s why they call it Disappointment Cleaver, which is where we are right now.

However, our team is having fun and smiling. Hey! That’s part of climbing. The mountain said no and we have to respect that. We will climb another day and we are happy about that.

Now, we will finish taking photos and focus on the most important part of climbing, getting down safely.

Ciao from Rainier.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

9/7/13- Summit climbers all smiles on the mountain this morning. Photo: JJ Justman Four Day Summit Climb at sunrise. Photo: JJ Justman Summit climb led by JJ Justman on the descent. Photo: JJ Justman
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