Mexico Volcanoes: Adam Knoff Recounts Their Ixta Summit Day
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.