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Mexico’s Volcanoes: King & Team Summit Ixtaccihuatl

We got an early start to our summit day. The first section is a steep scree slope, a big bite to chew when you wake up at midnight. As we gained the ridge we were surprised by the amount of snow, making for efficient climbing. The weather was warm for 15,000’+ and light winds allowed us to wear a few layers and stay comfortable while winding up and down the five false summits of Ixtaccihuatl. With the city lights glowing in each direction and shooting stars across the horizon the Team kept plugging away until we reached the summit. So many climbs ascend with the sunrise to thier backs. The unplanned benefit to summiting in the dark was that we descended into the rising sun with stellar views of Orizaba poking through the clouds. Alpineglow on the snow flanked sides of Ixta was a nice reward. We are back down and headed to Puebla for a day of rest, culture and tacos al pastor. Thanks for following along. RMI Guide Mike King

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Excellent. Get some rest for Saturday!!

Posted by: Jon & Lynda Jones on

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