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Mexico’s Volcanoes: Knoff and Team at High Camp On Ixta

Posted by: Adam Knoff | March 04, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 15,000'

Hi There,

This is Adam Knoff calling. We the entire team and our local guide Fozzie as in “Fozzie” the Muppet from the great Muppet Show are established here at High Camp just over 15,000’ feet.  Everyone is definitely noticing the altitude, but did great coming up here.  We feel strong, healthy and psyched to be heading towards the top of our first big mountain.  The clouds are closing in at the moment and things are pretty windy and chilly, so we are crawling into our bags for a quick nap. We will have an early dinner and then hopefully at 2 o’clock or 3 o’clock a wakeup call.

Everyone is doing great, we’re happy and will call tomorrow when the summit is under our belt. Alright? We look forward to talking to you tomorrow.

Adios,
RMI Guide Adam Knoff and Team

Lower Slopes of Ixta. Photo: RMI Photo Collection


Adam Knoff Calling in from High Camp on Ixta

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Mexico: Knoff & Team at the Altzomoni Hut

Posted by: Adam Knoff | March 03, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 12,500'

Day two is coming to a close.  Last night we were sleeping at 10,000 feet and tonight is a whopping 2,500 feet above that.  For you math buffs that means the comfy Altzomoni Hut sits at 12,500 feet above the sea.  It is amazing the power of acclimating.  Last night some of us felt a bit tired and short of breath.  Right now after a fantastic homemade dinner by a team of local guides, drivers and porters doubling as gourmet chefs, we all feel strong, relaxed and ready for our big push to Ixta’s high camp sitting higher than any mountain in the lower 48.
 
We also feel prepared.  Today we had a mellow morning which transitioned wonderfully into Mexico’s best breakfast at a hotel 25 minutes down the road from the resort of La Malinche.  Breakfast is the day’s most important meal you know!  Afterwards the soothing 1.5 hour van ride helped digest the massive buffet in our guts and landed us in Amecameca where we finalized our food list and met out local staff.  By 2:30 we were running through our gear and getting squared away packing and tomorrow’s program at the Altzomoni Hut.  A nice hour walk brought us to the trail head and back where our chef crew was waiting.  The locals really know how to treat their guests.  We are very lucky to have them.
 
In closing the team has reminded me to mention that they all miss their loved ones.  I reminded them it is only day two.  Absence makes the heart grow fonder.  We will touch base from high camp tomorrow. 

RMI Guide Adam Knoff

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: Knoff and Team Hike La Malinche

Posted by: Adam Knoff | March 03, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 14,636'

Buenos Dias from Team Mexico, 

We are all tucked in safe and sound at La Malintzi resort a few hours down the road from this planet’s second largest metropolis, Mexico City.  Of course half the time getting here is spent literally getting the 20 kilometers out of town but witnessing the traffic of Mexico City is a great adventure in and of itself. 

Our morning started as most mornings do.  Coffee, breakfast and lots of Europeans.  Well the European thing probably more so in Europe but the hotel did feel very international.  After food and packing it was off to our first mountain, La Malinche.  At a height just higher than Mt. Rainier, reaching the summit was not our primary objective.  Starting our at 10,000 feet and cranking out 4500 vertical feet on our first go seemed a touch ambitious.  Although we did crest the 14k height, we left the summit in peace because of tired legs and threatening storm clouds.  The hike was beautiful nonetheless.  Everyone did great and are bonding well as a team.  Now we are ready for bed and the move to bigger mountains tomorrow.

Until Then, this is team Mexico saying good night. 

RMI Guide Adam Knoff & Team

Team on La Malinche. Photo: Adam Knoff

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: Team Reaches Summit of Orizaba

Posted by: Geoff Schellens, Zeb Blais | February 22, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 18,701'

Update: 8 pm PT

Summit day on Orizaba- Today our team bagged the 3rd highest peak in North America! This was quite a feat and the whole crew was feeling the effects of a hard and rewarding day on the mountain. We celebrated with dinner at the Reyes family dining room, sharing stories with each other and climbers we had met on the mountain before retiring for some much needed sleep.

Earlier in the day, and I mean a lot earlier in the day, we woke to perfect starry skies, grabbed a quick breakfast and began the climb. After warming up on the first stretch of the climb, the trail deteriorates into a jungle of rock, snow and ice known as the labyrinth. Our team made short work of this challenge and advanced to the Jamapa glacier. The struggle ascending the Jamapa was rewarded with an amazing sunrise, views Ixta and la melinche and the impressive summit crater.  Our team climbed strong back to the Piedra grande hut where we were transported back to town by 4x4.

All in all it’s been a great trip. Everyone is worn out but happy to have succeeded as a team on some impressive peaks.  It’s hard to believe 9 days in Mexico have already come and gone!

RMI Guide Zeb Blais

6:00 am PT
Hey all this is Geoff Schellens and team standing on the summit of Orizaba.  It was a tough climb but everybody is quite happy to be here and enjoyed very good climbing conditions.  It’s a beautiful day with light wind up here and a beautiful sunrise this morning.  That’s all for now.  We will check in when we get back down.

Adios,
RMI Guide Geoff Schellens

A climbing team on El Pico de Orizaba, 18,701 ft. Mexico. Photo Courtesy: Greg Buzulencia The Mexico Volcanoes team on the Orizaba summit! Photo: Geoff Schellens The view from the summit of El Pico de Orizaba, Mexico.  Photo: RMI Collection


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Mexico’s Volcanoes: Team Heads for Orizaba

Posted by: Geoff Schellens, Zeb Blais | February 21, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 14,000'

Today was a relaxed travel / rest day. After a good breakfast in Puebla we loaded our van and started driving to Tlachichuca. We arrived at Dr Reyes’ historic soap-factory-turned-climbers-hostel around 10:30 and began sorting our gear on the lawn. With our gear packed for Orizaba we went in for lunch. By early afternoon we found ourselves bumping along the dirt road in 4x4 truck towards the Piedra grande hut on Orizaba. When we arrived we were surprised to find the Refugio buzzing with activity. A few other climbing teams and a large group filming a documentary will be our company for the night. We ate an early and fantastic dinner of tacos with chicken, veggies, rice, and beans as clouds swirled around offering short glimpses of the upper mountain. We are all feeling good and heading to bed early before our summit bid tomorrow.
We will check in tomorrow from the summit.
Thanks for following us on our fantastic Mexican adventure.
RMI Guide Geoff Schellens

El Pico de Orizaba (18,701ft) as seen from Tlachichuca, Mexico.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: Schellens & Team Rest in Puebla

Posted by: Geoff Schellens, Zeb Blais | February 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

Hi All,

Today was a much deserved rest day in Puebla. The team slept in, did laundry, and enjoyed the sights here in Puebla. Famous for mole sauce, a thick chocolate and pepper salsa, so we had to go to one of the most well known mole restaurants for dinner. Everyone is well rested and excited for the next leg of our journey.

Thanks for following!

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens & Team

Dinner in Puebla. Photo: Geoff Schellens

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: Schellens & Team Recap Summit of Ixta

Posted by: Geoff Schellens, Zeb Blais | February 20, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

Successful summit of Ixta!

The team is resting in Puebla after our successful summit of Ixta today. We started off today just before 2:00AM from our high camp with perfect climbing weather, a clear warm night.  Battling loose scree, rock and hard snow our team made the summit just before the break of day.  Watching the morning light slowly pour over the landscape around us we snapped our last pics and began our descent. Snowy ridges and rocky slopes brought us back to high camp. After a well deserved rest we broke camp and made our way to the trail head where we were greeted with cotton cloths and a celebratory feast of sandwiches, beer, chips, and soda.  Soon we were back in our van bumping along the dirt road and dozing off one by one all the way to Puebla.

Congratulations to our team and thanks everyone for following!

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens & Team

Team in front of Ixta. Photo: Geoff Schellens Team on Summit of Ixta. Photo: Geoff Schellens Sunrise from Summit of Ixta. Photo Geoff Schellens

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: SUMMIT IXTA!

Posted by: Geoff Schellens, Zeb Blais | February 19, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 17,340'

Hi All,

This is Geoff Schellens and Team down here in Mexico calling from the summit of Ixta!  We had a wonderful climb a beautiful morning. Everything is absolutely as good as it gets. We are enjoying the sunrise right now.  We are going to pack it up and head down shortly. We will give a call this evening.

Adios!

View from the Summit of Ixta. RMI Photo Collection


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Mexico: Schellens & Team at Ixta’s High Camp Ready for Summit Bid

Posted by: Geoff Schellens, Zeb Blais | February 18, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

This is Zeb Blais checking in from the February Mexico Volcanoes climb. This morning we were greeted by the first rays of sun lighting Popocatepetl. We got a leisurely start to the day with a breakfast of huevos Mexicana. After breakfast we packed our gear and headed to the trailhead for our move to high camp on Ixta. The team did well and made it to high camp feeling good. After setting up tents, we spent the rest of the beautiful day relaxing in the sun. We wrapped up the day with a briefing on the climb ahead and a big dinner. Off to bed for now. We will check in from the summit. Adios.

RMI Guide Zeb Blais

Approaching High Camp on Ixta. Photo: RMI Collection Looking up towards the Ayoloco Glacier from High Camp on Ixtaccihuatl. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mexico: Schellens & Team Settle into the Altzimoni Hut

Posted by: Geoff Schellens, Zeb Blais | February 17, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 12,800'

Today was another busy day for us starting with a duffle shuffle and reloading the van.  After an hour drive we arrived to the best breakfast in Mexico, Mission Tlaxcala, a beautiful stone hotel over looking a stunning waterfall.  With full bellies we hopped back in our van and drove through the warm morning to Amecameca. A quick grocery shop for last minute food items and the conclusion to Mike’s quest for AA batteries put us back on the road. A beautiful two-hour drive winding through a wooded hillside and eventually the high grass covered slopes of Ixtaccihuatl (Ixta).  Our home for the evening is the Altzimoni Hut at around 12,800’. After settling in to our new accommodations, we went for a short stroll up the trail to stretch the legs. Once back at our hut we discussed gear and packing for tomorrow and ate a five-star taco dinner.  Now we are all doing a little packing and organizing our gear for mañana and turning in for a good night’s sleep.

Thanks for following along with us,

RMI Guide Geoff Schellens

Ixtaccihuatl, the seventh highest mountain in North America. Photo: RMI Collection

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