Mexico’s Volcanoes: Team Makes Acclimatization Hike

Posted by: Adam Knoff, JJ Justman | March 03, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 10,000'

Breakfast came early this morning at the BW Majestic Hotel, located in the heart of the world’s second largest city.  By 7 am the group was assembled on the Majestic’s top floor where the restaurant is located and to our surprise,  we could clearly make out the glaciated peak of Ixta far out to the south.  This was indeed confirmation that Mexico really does possess snow and ice.  A fact most North Americans are unaware of.  With our excitement clearly building we loaded the waiting van and headed straight to- oh ya!  Wal Mart.  Yup, glaciers and Wal Mart, these go hand in hand on successful mountain climbing trips.  After we saved a bunch of pesos on today’s everyday low price, we gunned it to La Malinche where we moved promptly into our dorm style cabanas and motivated for our first acclimating hike up the flanks of La Malinche itself.  With the summit laying a hop skip and jump out of our reach, the team took its final rest break at 13,700 feet and quickly descended.  Nothing better to toughen one up!  We are now off to dinner and preparations for tomorrow’s move to Ixta.  Team Orizaba out.

RMI Guides JJ Justman & Adam Knoff

Making an acclimatization hike on La Malinche.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Thanks for the video. Cute dogs. Do they live up there or someone bring them with?

Posted by: Kris on 3/4/2013 at 6:03 pm

Hey team Orizaba! Bill’s wife here. Glad to hear it’s going well. Good luck on Ixta! I teach 4th graders and am showing my class your blogs.

Posted by: Kris Westberg on 3/4/2013 at 10:19 am

I’m Dave Odell’s wife. Good luck to everyone. Can’t wait to read your posts. Tell Dave Oreo misses him.

Posted by: jill odell on 3/4/2013 at 7:54 am

I’m the wife of one of the climbers (Kevin). Just want to wish the team good luck this week. The posted photos are great—much better than watching the sky for the pending snowstorm here in MN.

Posted by: Lynn Larson on 3/4/2013 at 5:05 am

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