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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Good call glad everyone is safe.

Posted by: Mic Walter on 10/26/2013 at 8:22 pm

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