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Mexicos Volcanoes: Team Moves to Ixta High Camp

Posted by: Chase Nelson, Solveig Waterfall | February 17, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

After waking up to a nice breakfast of huevos Mexicanos at the Altzomoni Hut, we loaded up our packs and departed for our Ixta high camp! We hiked under mostly cloudy skies and chilly weather but were greeted by some sun breaks in the afternoon. Great views all day of Ixta’s actively erupting neighbor Popo, as well as the cities surrounding the mountain. We made it to the Refugio with plenty of time for some last minute prep and an early evening. The team is looking good and acclimatized for a summit bid tomorrow, it should be an exciting day!

RMI Guide Chase Nelson

An RMI Team at High Camp on Ixtaccihuatl.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Mexico: Waterfall & Team Settle in to Altzomoni Hut

Posted by: Solveig Waterfall, Chase Nelson | February 16, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 12,000'

Good evening everyone!

We are all nestled in here at the Altzomoni Hut, which is subsequently nestled between the summits of Popo and Ixta, just above the Paso de Cortez.

We started off the day with a buffet breakfast at the Mission Tlaxaca, the last in-town meal before the climb.  After meeting our local guide Cato and going for an acclimatization hike up the first few hundred feet of the route to high camp, we returned to the hut for rewarding hot drinks and a chips and salsa fiesta!

The rest of the evening has been spent organizing gear, practicing with our crampons, harnesses, and learning to set up expedition tents.  We are all excited to get up to camp tomorrow and get our eyes on the upper mountain!

Thanks for following along and we’ll check in tomorrow night!

RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall and the Team

Views of Ixtaccihuatl from the Paso de Cortez. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mexico: Solveig Waterfall & Team Acclimate on La Malinche

Posted by: Solveig Waterfall, Chase Nelson | February 16, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 12,000'

We awoke in Mexico City this morning to clearing skies, warmer temperatures, and relatively quiet streets. Leaving town early on the Sunday morning of a holiday weekend has its benefits! 

The team enjoyed a delicious traditional Mexican style breakfast provided by the hotel, and after efficiently transferring our mountain of luggage into the vehicle to go to the actual mountain, we stole a few extra moments prior to loading our bus to make a final run to the closest Starbucks. This last minute luxury is one which instantly triggers my Seattleite soul into an irrepressible mental fist-bump!

We sailed through the streets of District Federal with ease, making quick work of our exit from the metropolitan area.  We had discussed the need to “roll with the punches”, so to speak, at our evening meeting, as the logistics of traveling in this part of the world can sometimes be an exercise in patience.  Soon after we left the city center behind we were met with our first mental challenge of the trip!

Our driver pulled off the highway, jumped out of the bus, and made a break for the nearest field and distant buildings in what at first appeared to be either a desperate trip to get to the restroom, or an oddly-timed opportunity to get in a quick jog…either way we all followed suit and hopped off to snap a few quick selfies and capture the views of Ixta and Popo.

To our delight, our driver returned, with tools and additional man-power, and we soon discovered we were not being abandoned, but rather beginning the process of repairing a punctured tire.

After an hour of relaxing roadside, we re-boarded and continued toward La Malinche, eagerly anticipating stretching our legs on the slopes of the long-extinct volcano.  Once we arrived here at the La Malitzi Resort, we quickly moved into our Cabanas, organized our day packs, hit the trail, and hiked at a casual pace ascending to our high point of just over 12,000ft.

Back at the resort just before dark, we are enjoying a beautiful sunset here at 10,000ft, awaiting our dinner reservation and a hot shower to wash off the trail dust.

Tomorrow we head to Ixta to continue the acclimatization process and prepare for our first summit bid in a few days!

Buenos Noches!
RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall and the Team

Tire shop luckily on the way to La Malinche. Photo: Solveig Waterfall Ixtaccihuatl view on the way to La Malinche. Photo: Solveig Waterfall The Mexico team before La Malinche acclimating hike. Photo: Solveig Waterfall

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Mexico: Solveig Waterfall & Team Arrrive in Mexico City

Posted by: Solveig Waterfall, Chase Nelson | February 15, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

Hi Everyone!

Chase and I have been in Mexico City since last night and spent this afternoon grocery shopping and sorting equipment in preparation for the start of our program.  Climbers arrived throughout the afternoon and evening, and by 9:00 PM we were a complete team around the dinner table at the Holiday Inn here in the Zona Rosa.

We spent the evening discussing logistics, gear, and getting ourselves prepared to hit the trail, starting with our first acclimatization hike tomorrow. We are all excited to leave the sounds of the city behind and get into the mountains! Our first objective will be an afternoon stroll on the flanks of La Malinche.

Thanks for following along and we’ll check in again tomorrow evening!

RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall

Overlooking the Zocalo of Mexico City from RMI's hotel. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mexico Volcanoes: RMI Guide Zeb Blais Recaps The Team’s Orizaba Summit Day

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Robby Young | November 16, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

After a delicious breakfast at Dr Reye’s historic soap factory bed and breakfast, our team is on our way home.

A little more on the Orizaba climb:

We arrived at the Piedra Grande Hut on Friday afternoon. After a brief walk to help our bodies get used to the thin air, we settled into camp. Robby and I cooked the best chicken tacos Orizaba has ever seen. Fresh tortillas, guacamole, sautéed onions and peppers, rotisserie chicken and limes made for a great pre-climb feast. After the taco feed, we tucked into our tents for a few hours of sleep.

When we woke, the thick cloud that had engulfed camp before bed had cleared. It was a beautiful night without even a breath of wind.

We climbed through a maze of rock known as the Labrynth to the Jamapa Glacier. At over 16,000’ we donned crampons and ice axes and roped together to work towards Orizaba’s stunning summit crater.

Rest stepping, crampon technique and pressure breathing were the cornerstones of success as our team made switchbacks across the peaks northeast face. Our entire team climbed well until we were on the summit celebrating a hard fought ascent.

We enjoyed perfect, warm weather on top. After we had captured some photos and soaked in the amazing view, it was time to tackle the other half of the climb : the descent.

In keeping with the style they showed on the ascent, the team descended with great form and attention to footwork. Without a hitch, our team made it back to Piedra Grande.

A few hours of packing and 4x4 riding led us to a tasty meal and celebration at the Reyes soap factory. Sharing stories and jokes with the team was a terrific way to end a great climb and a rewarding trip.

Thanks to everyone on the team for their huge efforts and great attitudes!

Until the next climb ~

RMI Guides Zeb Blais & Robby Young

View while on Orizaba summit day. Photo: Zeb Blais The Mexico RMI team rest-stepping to the Orizaba summit. Photo: Zeb Blais The RMI team smiles for the camera on Orizaba, Mexico. Photo: Zeb Blais

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Mexico Volcanoes: Blais & Team On the Orizaba Summit!

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Robby Young | November 15, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 18,701'

All members of our team made it to the highest point in Mexico this morning- el Pico de Orizaba!  We lucked out with perfect weather and great snow conditions. Warm temperatures and great views coaxed us into spending a good chunk of time on the summit . We’ll follow up soon.

RMI Guides Zeb Blais, Robby Young and team

An RMI team above the clouds on Orizaba, Mexico. Photo: Zeb Blais The RMI Mexico team en route on Orizaba, reflected in RMI Guide's Zeb Blais' glasses. Photo: Zeb Blais RMI Guides Zeb Blais, Robby Young and team on the Orizaba summit! Photo: Zeb Blais

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Mexico Volcanoes: Blais & Team Ready for Orizaba

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Robby Young | November 14, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

Our team sorted our gear in Tlachichuca and is ready to tackle Orizaba tonight.  We’ve loaded up the 4x4 and are on our way up to Piedra grande.

We’ll check in upon return to Tlachichuca tomorrow.

Cheers,

RMI Guide Zeb Blais & Team

The Streets of Pubela. Photo: Zeb Blais The RMI Team loaded and ready to go. Photo: Zeb Blais

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Mexico Volcanoes: Blais & Team Choose Their Adventures in Puebla

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Robby Young | November 13, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

Checking in after a nice breakfast at Hotel Colonial in downtown Puebla.

Last night we arrived in Puebla tuckered out from a long day of climbing. We celebrated the exciting climb with a nice meal at La Compania and a full night of sleep- Woot woot!

Today is a ‘choose your own adventure’ day for the team, with many people exploring the Great Pyramid of Cholula and historic Puebla.

Tomorrow we’ll be back on the road headed for Pico de Orizaba.

Cheers from a well rested team~

RMI Guides Zeb Blais, Robby Young & company

In Puebla, Mexico- Team celebration dinner after successful Ixta summit! Photo: Robby Young Beautiful architecture and parks in Puebla, Mexico. Photo: Zeb Blais Marveling in the architecture in Puebla, Mexico. Photo: Zeb Blais

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Mexico Volcanoes: Blais & Team Summit Ixta!

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Robby Young | November 12, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 17,340'

Our team woke to less than ideal conditions at our high camp on Ixta this morning. Dense clouds, wind and light precipitation looked like it might thwart our summit bid. We waited as long as we could with the time we had for the summit, then it was decision time. The precipitation had stopped but wind and thick clouds remained.

The guide team made the call to begin the climb and see how the weather would pan out. The wind and cloud remained, but our team tougher it out and the weather didn’t get worse .

After a hard fought summit, our team is on our way to a well deserved rest day in Puebla.

RMI Guides Zeb Blais, Robby Young and team

RMI Guide Zeb Blais and his team on the Ixta summit! Photo: Robby Young

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Mexico Volcanoes: Clear Blue Skies as the Team Departs for Ixtaccihuatl

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Robby Young | November 11, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

A sunny morning greeted us on our way to high camp on Ixta today. We have our fingers crossed that the weather holds for our summit bid tomorrow morning .

The team is packed up and fired up to climb - Wish us luck!

RMI Guides Zeb, Robby and team

Winding roads lead the RMI team to Ixtaccihuatl, Mexico. Photo: Zeb Blais Beautiful skies greet the RMI team as they depart for Ixta, Mexico. Photo: Zeb Blais

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Recent Images From Mexico

  • The RMI August 10th Team taking a rest break in Mexico. Photo: Mark Tucker
  • The RMI August 10th Team taking a rest break in Mexico. Photo: Mark Tucker
  • Ixtaccihuatl at 17,340'. Photo: Mark Tucker
  • Preparing chicken at a restaurant in Puebla, Mexico. Photo: Mark Tucker
  • View while on the Orizaba summit day. Photo: Zeb Blais
  • Marveling in the architecture in Puebla, Mexico. Photo: Zeb Blais
  • Looking out over the historic city of Puebla, Mexico. Photo: RMI Collection
  • El Pico de Orizaba view from Puebla, Mexico. Photo: Chase Nelson
  • Approaching high camp through the lower slopes of Ixta. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Ixtaccihuatl's High Camp in Mexico. Photo: Adam Knoff
  • Views from the La Malinche trail in Mexico. Photo: Zeb Blais
  • RMI Guide Mark Tucker's team in Mexico City. Photo: Mark Tucker
  • Nearing the summit of Orizaba.   Photo: courtesy Chris Villar
  • An RMI Team on the summit of Orizaba, Mexico. Photo: Chris Villar
  • El Pico de Orizaba above Tlachichuca, Mexico. Photo: RMI Collection
  • View while on the Orizaba summit day. Photo: Zeb Blais
  • Descending from the toe of the Jampa Glacier on Orizaba. Photo: RMI Collection
  • El Pico de Orizaba, stands 18,701' in Mexico. Photo: RMI Collection
  • The Mexico team climbing to Ixta High Camp. Photo: Christina Von Mertens
  • The Mexico team all smiles on a rest break climbing Ixtaccihuatl. Photo: Christina Von Mertens
  • Overlooking the historic streets of Puebla. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Popo seen from the flanks of Ixta, Mexico. Photo: JJ Justman
  • Vibrant market in Amecameca, Mexico. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Views from the La Malinche trail in Mexico. Photo: Zeb Blais
  • Views from the rocky summit of La Malinche. Photo: RMI Collection
  • February 21, 2015- RMI team on the Orizaba summit. Photo: Solveig Waterfall
  • The shadow cast by Pico de Orizaba at sunrise. Photo: Solveig Waterfall
  • The Mexico Team making the final steps to the summit of Orizaba. Photo: Solveig Waterfall
  • Chase Nelson and his rope team cresting the Orizaba summit. Photo: Solveig Waterfall
  • Approaching the foot of Pico de Orizaba, Mexico. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Orizaba on the drive to Piedra Grande Hut. Photo: RMI Collection
  • Orizaba view from Puebla, Mexico. Photo: Chase Nelson
  • February 18, 2015- Mexico team on the Ixta summit! Photo: Solveig Waterfall
  • A climber on the ridge of Ixtaccihuatl en route to the summit.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • Sunrise on Ixtaccihuatl, Mexico.  Photo: RMI Collection
  • An RMI Team at High Camp on Ixtaccihuatl.  Photo: RMI Collection