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Mexico: Waterfall & Team Rest Day in Puebla

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Geoff Schellens | January 23, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

We have had a nice relaxing recovery day here in the beautiful city of Puebla. Geoff and I met up with a few of the team members for coffee in the morning while the rest of the team slept in.  The city has an almost European feel with lots of sidewalk cafés near our hotel.  Later in the day some of the guys explored the cathedrals while others visited a local climbing shop.  We all met back up for dinner and now we’re back at the hotel getting ready for the Big day tomorrow.  Here’s a pick from our approach to Ixta a few days ago.

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Approach on Ixta looking toward Popocatapetl. Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: Waterfall & Team Travel to Puebla after Ixta Summit

Posted by: Geoff Schellens, Seth Waterfall | January 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

Seth here, checking in from the Hotel Colonial in Puebla.  The group has just returned from dinner and everyone is headed to their rooms for a little shut eye.

The climb went well today and the weather was fantastic.  We awoke just after one AM and hit the trail before three.  We ascended ‘The Knees’ route on Ixta which involves several ups and downs along the way to the summit.  We started with some steep rock then moved into some ridge climbing and crossed two glaciers to reach the summit.  It was a spectacular day of climbing.

Everyone is looking forward to the rest day in Puebla tomorrow.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

The view on Ixtaccihuatl, looking toward Popocatepetl.  Photo: Seth Waterfall The RMI Mexico's Volcanoes January 18th team on the summit of Ixtaccihuatl.  Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: SUMMIT ON IXTACCIHUATL!

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Geoff Schellens | January 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 17,340'

Hey! This is Seth checking in from the summit of Ixta. We came up from high camp in just under five hours. We had a great climb and we are taking a bunch of photos.  We are going to turn around and head back to where we stashed our packs in the crater. We will then head back to high camp and finally onto Puebla tonight. Everybody is psyched and feeling good! We will check in when we are at the hotel.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall

Sunrise on Ixtaccihuatl. RMI Photo Collection


Seth from Summit of Ixta 1-22-14

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: Waterfall and Team ready for Summit Bid on Ixta

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Geoff Schellens | January 21, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 15,000'

Hey this is Seth checking in from High Camp on Ixta, that’s just over 15,000’ for us. We came up today from our last camp. We spent about four and a half hours on the trail, everyone is doing excellent. Tents are all set up and we are firing up the stoves getting ready to have dinner. Then we will talk about our strategy for the climb and have an early bedtime.  We will be getting up in the middle of the night and will head out for the summit.  We will call you when we reach that point.  Hope all is well back home.

RMI Guide Seth Waterfall and Team.

High Camp on Ixta. RMI Photo Collection


Seth Waterfall calling in from High Camp on Ixta.

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: Waterfall and Team Head for Ixta

Posted by: Geoff Schellens, Seth Waterfall | January 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 12,000'

Good morning!  We’ve moved on from La Malinche and are currently enjoying the best breakfast in Mexico at the Mission Tlaxcala.  After breakfast we’re headed for the village of Amecameca and then on to the base camp at Ixta.  Our plan is to get an acclimatization hike in this afternoon and tomorrow head to high camp.

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The RMI Team enjoying breakfast at Mission Tlaxcala.  Photo: Seth Waterfall

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Mexico: Waterfall & Team Acclimate on La Malinche

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Geoff Schellens | January 19, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 10,000'

Hey this is Seth checking in from La Malinche over here in Mexico. We just had a great day climbing up the mountain actually of La Malinche. We made it to just about 13,500’ from our cabanas here at 10,000 feet. It was getting to be around 4:15 at that point so we turned around, descended back down here to 10,000’ and just finished with a nice dinner and we’re getting tucked in. There’s actually TVs in the room here so we were able to pipe in the Seahawks-49ers game. We started a fire in the fireplace and we’re gonna watch them. [Connection lost.]

Tomorrow the team will depart La Malinche and drive toward Ixtaccihuatl’s Altzomoni Hut.

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La Malinche's summit rising above the valley of Puebla, Mexico. Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide Seth Waterfall calls in with a team update.

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Mexico: Seth Waterfall & Team Arrive in Mexico City

Posted by: Seth Waterfall, Geoff Schellens | January 18, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 7,300'

Buenas Tardes!  The team is all here and excited to kick off the Mexico’s Volcanoes trip.  Everyone arrived today and we had our first team meeting in the evening.  Some of the group went on to bed while the rest of us went out for a delicious Mexican dinner.

We made an early night of it since tomorrow we hit the ground running and head for our first destination, La Malinche.

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Overlooking the Zocalo of Mexico City from RMI's hotel. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mexico’s Volcanoes:  Team Descends From Orizaba

Posted by: JJ Justman, Solveig Waterfall | October 26, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

We are back from the mountain safe and sound. It was a wild morning and it kept rolling throughout the early morning. First, we woke up to a constant rain at the hut. Solveig and I stayed up and kept checking the weather for improvements. And alas at 2 am the weather cleared. The team was so excited to climb.

We donned our packs and began our ascent. It was a beautiful early morning on Orizaba. As we inched our way up to the lower glacier I began to notice the snow underneath me doing something unusual. It was settling with a giant whoomph.  A clear indication of snow instability. Solveig and I conducted a few snow stability tests and it wasn’t looking good. As a matter of fact the snow settling under my feet was the worst I felt.

We contemplated a bit and it was an easy decision. Orizaba was not safe to climb. It can be disappointing not making the summit but with what the team experienced they all understood. Safety is number One. And as Sr. Reyes mentioned as he picked us up…Orizaba isn’t going anywhere. We will climb it another day.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

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

Posted by: JJ 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, JJ 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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