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Mexico’s Volcanoes: Justman & Team Hike La Malinche in Inclement Weather

The team left the bustling Zona Rosa District in Mexico City and headed for the hills. We arrived in La Malinche at noon and we quickly settled into our private cabanas and dinned our trekking shoes.

The weather was less than ideal with steady rain; however, our team made the best of marginal conditions not to mention rain gear! The park police actually were not going to let us up because of the weather.

You see, the park sees a lot of tourists…locals from the city dressed in sandals and sweatpants. Which, is nice on a beautiful day. For us, the weather wasn’t actually that bad so with my best Spanish I sweet-talked our way to trek up to 13,000 feet.

The team did great! We had a fun time and did our bodies good adjusting to higher altitudes. We are now settled back in our cabanas and we are getting ready for another great dinner here in Mexico.

Heh! After a wet day at altitude this team deserves a little pampering!

RMI Guides JJ Justman and Mike King

On The Map


Mexico’s Volcanoes: Justman & Team Arrive in Mexico City

The team is all here! We are in Mexico City on a beautiful evening and we are looking forward to beginning our expedition. Tomorrow we will head for the mountains to get some fresh air. The weather is nice and we are hoping it continues for us. Stay tuned to the RMI blog for updates.


RMI Guides JJ Justman and Mike King


Mexico’s Volcanoes: Beren & Team Finish Their Trip in Tlachichuca

What great luck!  After arriving at the hut on Pico de Orizaba, it soon began to rain. Our team remained optimistic and were rewarded to a starry night!  While clouds and small storm cells circulated in the distance, our mountain stayed clear and the team did a wonderful job moving through the terrain. The sunrise was exceptional and a little wind didn’t do much to slow us down. It was about as perfect of a day as one could hope for and we made the most of it!  The climb was relatively smooth (for 18,700 ft above the sea) and we returned to Tlachichuca tired, but happy.
Now the team has gone their separate ways, off to different adventures. Thanks for a great adventure and best of luck in the future!

RMI Guide Jake Beren


Mexico’s Volcanoes: Beren & Team Summit Pico de Orizaba

Hello, this is Jake and team on the top of Pico de Orizaba under an absolutely beautiful sky today. It’s a little stormy around us, but it’s blue above us.  And we had just about perfect conditions today on the way.  So we are super happy, everyone did very well and we’re at the halfway mark. So we’ll give you a shout when we get down, and let you know how everything went.  For right now, I’m super proud of the team.  Everyone did well and the halfway mark has been reached.  So take care everybody.  Talk to you later.

RMI Guide Jake Beren


RMI Guide Jake Beren checks in from the summit of Pico de Orizaba, Mexico.

On The Map


Mexico’s Volcanoes: Beren & Team Check in from Camp on Orizaba

Buenas noches from our camp on Pico de Orizaba
Today we traveled from Puebla well rested and ready for our next adventure. Arriving in Tlachichuca we rigged for the mountain in the familia Reyes compound, our base of operations. It is always a treat to come here and enjoy the hospitality (and lunch!) of old friends. What a way to start off the climb!
 
Now we are tucked away in our sleeping bags and off to the night land for a while before launching upward under the moonlight!  Wish us suerte!

RMI Guide Jake Beren

On The Map


Mexico’s Volcanoes: Beren & Team Recap their climb of Ixtaccihuatl

We awoke yesterday from our odd “hut” at the base of Ixtaccihuatl (a hut for sure, but surrounded by a peculiar number of antennae) to clear skies and a perfect view of our lady and her fuming lover, Popo. These two volcanoes picked up a dusting of new snow with the weather of the last few days and could not look more beautiful in their fresh duds.

With a possible closing of this weather window the team launched towards high camp on Ixta, accompanied by grumbles from Popo as huge plumes of ash and steam spewed from the angry mountain. Ixta remained calm and welcoming to her respectful visitors. We made our camp and turned in for our first night up high on our host and awoke to perfect climbing conditions.

As we climbed this anthropomorphic mountain, up and down the anatomy of a passionate princess of the past, we eventually found ourselves on the unsupported summit at sunrise. We can only assume that Popo admired our approach as he belched approval on our descent.
It was quite a day and as we returned to the land of mortals in beautiful Puebla, a fresh blanket of clouds covered our hostess. We are grateful for the hospitality and look forward to resting in the lowlands of Puebla for a day. Perhaps Pico de Orizaba will shun the blanket for us mountain lovers from the North in a few days time. Put in a word for us will you?

RMI Guide Jake Beren


Mexico’s Volcanoes: Beren & Team Summit Ixtaccihuatl

Hello, This is Jake calling in from the summit of Ixta.  The entire team is sitting on top watching the sunrise on a beautiful morning.  We have light winds and temps are pretty pleasant.  We did a great job today, and everybody climbed super strong [call lost].

RMI Guide Jake Beren


RMI Guide Jake Beren calls from the summit of Ixtaccihuatl.

On The Map


Mexico’s Volcanoes: Beren & Team Check in from High Camp on Ixta

Buenos tardes from High Camp on Ixta.

The team is doing great, and we are about to shut down for the night so that we can get up super early and go for the climb. But the team is strong, spirits are high, and everybody did a great job getting to camp today. We’ll give you a shout from as high as we get tomorrow and look forward to checking in then.

Buenos noches.

RMI Guide Jake Beren


RMI Guide Jake Beren checks in from High Camp on Ixtaccihuatl.

On The Map


Mexico’s Volcanoes: Beren & Team Hike to 12,500’ on La Malinche

Yesterday our exodus from the beating heart of Mexico City brought us to the cloudy base of La Malinche, an extinct Volcano and site of our first foray to altitude. The clouds stayed saturated with moisture, but didn’t really unleash on us for the bulk of the hike. We were able to make it to around 12,500 feet before the wet cloud was accompanied by some wind and it became clear that we weren’t going to get much benefit by soaking ourselves for a few hundred feet more of elevation. Keeping things civilized, we returned to our cabin in the hills for a little R&R, some gear sorting and a nice fire after dinner. The team is doing great and we are now enjoying a fantastic breakfast next to a waterfall before getting rustic on Ixta. The weather looks to clearing up a little and just in time! Keep those fingers crossed for some good weather for our team and we will check in from high camp on Ixta!

RMI Guide Jake Beren

On The Map


Mexico’s Volcanoes: RMI Guide Jake Beren & Team Check in from Mexico City

Last night our crew assembled for the first time in the lobby of our hotel to start the process of building a team. There is quite a lot of experience spread throughout our squad and I look forward to seeing everyone get to know a few of Mexico’s big mountains.

Today we will leave this bustling metropolis and head for La Malinche, our first acclimatization hike. We ought to be on the trail this afternoon for our first taste of some thin air. Tonight we will stay at the old Olympic training facility to sleep around 10,000 feet above the sea. We’ve hit the ground running (or efficiently jogging) and look forward to getting started.

Off to a good start!
RMI Guide Jake Beren

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