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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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Mexico Volcanoes: Blais & Team at Altzimoni Hut

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Robby Young | November 10, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 12,000'

Greetings all!

Following our massive breakfast buffet feast in Tlaxcala this morning, our team began the drive towards Ixta.  After a quick food and water refuel in the town of Amecameca, followed by a National Park check in at Paseo de Cortez, we found ourselves at the 12,000’ Altzimoni Hut, our home for the evening in preparation of our upcoming two-day climb of Ixta.

In order to continue our process of acclimatization, the team set out for an afternoon hike on the lower slopes of Ixta. After a quick climb to 14,000’, we were rewarded with some amazing views of the sunset on Popocat├ępetl, an active volcano neighboring closely to the south.

The team is winding down for the evening and preparing for a high-altitude taco feast. We’re looking forward to the coming climb and physical test on Ixta over the next two days. Thanks for following!!

RMI Guides Zebulon, Robby, and Team

The RMI team acclimating on Ixtaccihuatl, Mexico. Photo: Zeb Blais Viewing the sunset over Popocatepetl, Mexico. Photo: Zeb Blais

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Mexico Volcanoes: RMI Guide Zeb Blais & Team Acclimate on La Malinche

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Robby Young | November 10, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 14,636'

Our crew is on our way to a big buffet breakfast and Ixtaccihuatl after our first day in the mountains.

Yesterday’s acclimatization hike on La Malinche was a tough introduction to altitude. Dark clouds had gathered at the top as we started and we watched them closely as we pushed up into thinner air.  With a short summit window, our entire group pushed hard and worked together to make the top. The weather gods smiled on us and clouds cleared briefly as we scrambled up the last bit of rock to the top.

After a few photos, it was time to get ourselves down to thick air and a warm dinner. La Cabana restaurant set out a generous spread for us and we ended our day with great food and full bellies.

We’ll be checking in soon from Ixta.

Cheers from RMI Guides Zeb Blais, Robby Young and the crew!

Views from the La Malinche trail in Mexico. Photo: Zeb Blais The RMI team on the summit of La Malinche, Mexico. Photo: Zeb Blais

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: Trip Ends In Mexico

Posted by: Elias de Andres Martos, JJ Justman | October 26, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

Hello RMI Blog Followers!! This is our last blog from Mexico and I am going to be a writer with no words. Instead…take a look at our summit video of Orizaba. Our team were absolute rock stars!!!

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Mexico Volcanoes:  Team Summits Orizaba!

Posted by: JJ Justman, Elias de Andres Martos | October 25, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 18,701'

Hello everyone on the RMI Blog. I hope you’re paying attention. We have a great news to report. Team Mexico is on the Orizaba summit right now. We had just a beautiful day climbing. It took us just under eight hours to get up here. Sun is all out. Clouds below. We’ve got a beautiful view.  We actually can see Popo, La Malinche, as well as Ixta. We of course climbed La Malinche and Ixta, so we have just beautiful views of those mountains we were on just a couple of days ago. And now we capped it off, and it couldn’t have been better, on a beautiful day on Orizaba, the third highest peak in North America. Everyone says hello to friends and family. They are all excited, all happy, gaining some strength for the way down. It was a tough climb but they all did really well. This is Elias and JJ here with Team Mexico. We’ll check in with you when we get down to Senor Reyes’ tomorrow.

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The shadow cast by Pico de Orizaba at sunrise. Photo: RMI Collection Climbers shadows overlooking the fields far below from near the summit of Orizaba. Photo: RMI Collection


RMI Guide JJ Justman calls from the Orizaba summit.

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Mexico Volcanoes: Team is Ready for Summit Bid on Orizaba

Posted by: JJ Justman, Elias de Andres Martos | October 24, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 14,000'

Hello everyone,

This is Team Mexico calling in from the hut at Orizaba. We had a great day yesterday in Puebla, a day of rest and relaxation. We’ve all recovered and recuperated after our big day on Ixta. But we’re here now setting up tents. There is a hut here, as I mentioned, but it’s a little nicer to stay outside. We’ve got some great Mountain Hardware tents that we’re setting up right now for the team. The weather was beautiful coming in, we were able to see Orizaba all day long. But, now we’re actually in a cloud but it’s one of those happy clouds that surrounded the mountain, real calm winds really non existent winds right now, and we’re having some good high hopes for tomorrow. Our plan is to wake up around midnight, and start climbing right around 1:30 - 2 o’clock in the morning, and if all goes well will be getting to the top of Orizaba right around 9 or 10 o’clock in the morning, so thanks for following along. Stay tuned, because hopefully tomorrow will have some great news for you.

Take care everyone, adios from Mexico.

RMI Guide JJ Justman, Elias deAndres Martos & Team

The View of Orizaba. RMI Photo Collection


JJ Justman and Team Calling in from High Camp on Orizaba

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Mexico Volcanoes: JJ’s Summit Day Video

Posted by: JJ Justman, Elias de Andres Martos | October 23, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

RMI Guide JJ Justman created a video of the team’s Ixta summit day.  Please see link below.

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Mexico Volcanoes: SUMMIT IXTA!

Posted by: JJ Justman, Elias de Andres Martos | October 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 17,340'

Hey everyone, this is Team Mexico, and believe it or not! Well, you should believe because I tell what this team is you rocking and rollin’! Hey team on the summit of Ixta what do you say? “Whaoo!” Yeah, I tell you what, that says it all. The team did just a fantastic job. We are on top of Ixta 17,300+ feet! It’s a beautiful day, the sun us shining, there are some low lying clouds out in the distance. You can see Orizaba which is our next objective, but the team had a good a good day to get here on top, they did a great job. We are doing a little hydrating, and taking some hero shots on the summit by the crosses here on top, and that is about it! So, Elias, myself and Ulises, our guide here in Mexico all say hello to everyone back home. Hey gang, just give a big shout out to anyone and everyone you want to say hi to back home. (Shouts & Cheers from team)

RMI Guide JJ Justman

Looking down the summit ridge of Ixta. Photo: RMI Collection


JJ and Team checking in from the Summit of Ixta

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: Team Prepares for Summit Bid

Posted by: JJ Justman, Elias de Andres Martos | October 21, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 15,400'

Hey everyone, this is Team Mexico calling in from high camp on Ixta. We are at 15,000 plus feet, about 15,400’, so we have oh about a couple more thousand to go. The team here is doing really, really well. We’re kinda finishing putting up the tents and guiding out the guidelines. And we’re gonna start in on some hot drinks and some dinner for this evening. The weather was beautiful this morning as we climbed up here to high camp with heavy packs. Right now we’re in a little bit of a cloud but there’s light winds and just a little bit of precipitation. We are thinking it’s gonna be one heck of a day. I don’t wanna jinx us so my fingers are crossed and hopefully your fingers are crossed too for us. Because if all goes well we’ll be waking up early in the morning and heading on out to the summit of Ixta at 17,300 plus feet. Again, everyone’s doing really, really well and having a lot of fun. Hopefully we’ll some great news, one way or another will have some great news for you, but hopefully will be giving you a call on the summit of Ixta tomorrow. Thanks for following along and look forward to another call from us tomorrow.

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Recent Images From Mexico

  • 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
  • Views of Ixtaccihuatl from the Paso de Cortez. Photo: RMI Collection
  • 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
  • Overlooking the Zocalo of Mexico City from RMI's hotel. Photo: RMI Collection
  • 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
  • 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
  • The Streets of Pubela. Photo: Zeb Blais
  • The RMI Team loaded and ready to go. Photo: Zeb Blais
  • 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