Mexico: Knoff & Team Summit Ixta!

Posted by: Adam Knoff | March 06, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 17,340'

Hola from Puebla, Mexico.  I am writing this from the comforts of Hotel Colonial which sits near the center of one of Mexico’s most beautiful city.  It will still be a few hours or so before we go sight seeing because the team is a bit tired after our long but successful summit of North America’s seventh highest mountain. 

At camp while in our tents waiting for the alarm to rattle us out of our fitful sleeps, the wind was doing that work already.  It was one of the most amazing shut offs I have ever seen.  At 11:30 the wind was blowing 20 mph and by midnight the skies were clear and the night was as calm as our bedrooms.  Taking full advantage of this great gift we rallied out of camp at 3:30 and pushed strongly upward to where the steep rock section of the route meets the long, winding ridge towards the summit. The beautiful lights of Mexico City shown down to our left and the same amazing view of Puebla shown down to our right.  As the sun came up, we could see Orizaba poking through the haze to the south.  All around it was a glorious morning.  When the entire team arrived at the summit, we were all relieved to have the uphill finished.

Two and a half hours later we were at camp packing up and getting ready for the long walk back to the van where beers and snacks were waiting.  We were lucky to have two porters there to help carry down tents and stoves, lightening our loads.  Three hours later we were celebrating with margaritas and world-class Mexican dishes.  A great day all around. 

RMI Guide Adam Knoff

Ixtaccihuatl's High Camp. Photo: Adam Knoff Overlooking glorious blue skies on the ridge leading to Ixta's summit. Photo: Adam Knoff

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Congrats team! Now I can’t wait til my turn comes.

Posted by: Robert on 3/23/2014 at 4:07 pm

Gods speed! Be safe.. :)

Posted by: Robert Putman on 3/7/2014 at 10:58 am

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