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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!

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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!

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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!

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Mexico Volcanoes: Team Summits Pico de Orizaba!

Posted by: Adam Knoff, J.J. Justman | March 09, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 18,701'

Hey there, this is Adam Knoff and JJ Justman- Team Mexico. We’re happy to say that we had a successful climb of Pico de Orizaba today with beautiful weather.  But we did it the old-fashioned way, we earned it.  It was not an easy climb.  Seven hours just climbing up the mountain and four hours coming down so eleven hours round trip of constant movement.  We’re all very relieved to be back at Senor Reyes’ compound where we will be having dinner and relaxing for the evening before flying out tomorrow.  All is well and we’re happy to be coming home to our loved ones.  This is Adam and JJ signing off.  Adios.

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 Sunrise on Orizaba about 1 hour from the summit - Photo: Adam Knoff Team on Summit - Photo Adam Knoff


RMI Guide Adam Knoff checks in after the team's Orizaba summit.

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Mexico Volcanoes: Our Team Readies for Orizaba Summit in Tlachichuca

Posted by: J.J. Justman, Adam Knoff | March 08, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 14,000'

Hello everyone, this is JJ and Adam with the Mexico Volcanoes team.  We had a great day of rest yesterday in Puebla, but we’re back to business.  We are currently sitting in Tlachichuca at Dr. Reyes’ facility.  We’re busy organizing gear and getting ready for our 4-wheel drive adventure up to the hut on Orizaba.  We had a good day getting in here, everyone’s rested up and feeling good. The weather is absolutely beautiful and we believe that is going to continue. So knock on wood and cross your fingers, wish the team good luck, but hopefully by tomorrow, we will be on our way down from the summit of Orizaba.  Take care everyone and we will touch base tomorrow hopefully from the summit.

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Orizaba above Tlachichuca. Photo: RMI Collection Approaching the foot of Pico de Orizaba. Photo: RMI Collection Orizaba on the drive to Piedra Grande. Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide JJ Justman checks in while the team prepares for Orizaba summit.

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Mexico Volcanoes: Adam Knoff Recounts Their Ixta Summit Day

Posted by: Adam Knoff, J.J. 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. 

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The team on the Ixta Summit! Photo: JJ Justman

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Mexico Volcanoes: Ixta Summit!

Posted by: J.J. Justman, Adam Knoff | March 06, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 17,340'

Hey everyone, this is JJ Justman with the Mexico Volcanoes climbing team. We are looking up at Ixta right now and the reason why is we are safely down from of successful summit of Ixta. The team did great today. Definitely a little tired but we had a beautiful day climbing to the top of Ixta. So wanted to give a shout out to all our family and friends. We’re loading up the van and we’re gonna have a little bit of R&R in Puebla for the next day and a half.  Well deserved. But again, the team did absolutely outstanding.  We’ll touch base when we are in Puebla but everyone is safe and sound.  Having some cokes and gonna get some fresh quesadillas on the way.  But hope everyone’s doing well back at home and we will talk with all of you very soon.  Ciao from Mexico.

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Ixtaccihuatl, the seventh highest mountain in North America. Photo: RMI Collection RMI Climbers descending from the summit of Ixta. Photo: JJ Justman


RMI Guide JJ Justman after successful Ixta summit.

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Mexico Volcanoes: Our Team Checks in from Ixta’s High Camp

Posted by: Adam Knoff, J.J. Justman | March 05, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 14,750'

Hello everyone, this is Team Mexico. JJ Justman and Adam Knoff as guides. We are at high camp on the mountain of Ixtaccihuatl. This is our first real mountaineering challenge of the trip and we are sitting comfortably at 14,500 feet.  We are taking a different route than the normal route that other teams generally take because the mountain this year is so dry.  We have a great view of the upper mountain from where we are sitting and have a new route picked out that keeps us on ridge lines to keep us safe from rockfalls. We’re very excited for tomorrow’s summit bid and will keep you posted on how that all unfolds. Stay tuned for more action tomorrow. Hasta manana.

RMI Guide Adam Knoff

An RMI Team taking a rest break on the approach to Ixtaccihuatl High Camp. Photo: JJ Justman Watching the sunset from high camp of Ixta. Photo: RMI Collection Looking up towards the Ayoloco Glacier under a full moon from High Camp on Ixta. Photo: Tyler Reid


RMI Guide Adam Knoff checks in from Ixta's High Camp.

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Mexico Volcanoes: Team at Altizmoni Hut on Ixta

Posted by: J.J. Justman, Adam Knoff | March 04, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 12,000'

Hello everyone! The Mexico Team is officially at the lower hut on Ixta. The morning started out in style with a terrific buffet breakfast at La Mission Hotel and Spa. I love sitting in that restaurant sipping coffee overlooking a waterfall.

After we had our fill we did a last minute grocery shop and then we made our way to the mountain. It is always flattering when the team says tonight was the best dinner yet. Carne asada, fresh sautéed veggies, black beans on top of cheese on fresh corn tortillas.

The team is doing great and we are prepared to head on up to high camp tomorrow.

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Approaching high camp through the lower slopes of Ixta. Photo: RMI Collection

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