Mexico: Knoff & Team at the Altzomoni Hut

Posted by: Adam Knoff | March 03, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 12,500'

Day two is coming to a close.  Last night we were sleeping at 10,000 feet and tonight is a whopping 2,500 feet above that.  For you math buffs that means the comfy Altzomoni Hut sits at 12,500 feet above the sea.  It is amazing the power of acclimating.  Last night some of us felt a bit tired and short of breath.  Right now after a fantastic homemade dinner by a team of local guides, drivers and porters doubling as gourmet chefs, we all feel strong, relaxed and ready for our big push to Ixta’s high camp sitting higher than any mountain in the lower 48.
We also feel prepared.  Today we had a mellow morning which transitioned wonderfully into Mexico’s best breakfast at a hotel 25 minutes down the road from the resort of La Malinche.  Breakfast is the day’s most important meal you know!  Afterwards the soothing 1.5 hour van ride helped digest the massive buffet in our guts and landed us in Amecameca where we finalized our food list and met out local staff.  By 2:30 we were running through our gear and getting squared away packing and tomorrow’s program at the Altzomoni Hut.  A nice hour walk brought us to the trail head and back where our chef crew was waiting.  The locals really know how to treat their guests.  We are very lucky to have them.
In closing the team has reminded me to mention that they all miss their loved ones.  I reminded them it is only day two.  Absence makes the heart grow fonder.  We will touch base from high camp tomorrow. 

RMI Guide Adam Knoff

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