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Mexico’s Volcanoes: King & Team Summit Pico de Orizaba!

RMI Guide Mike King called in from the Orizaba summit!

“This is Mike King with Team Mexico. We are standing on top of el Pico de Orizaba, the third highest peak in North America! Light winds and visibility all the way out to Ixta and Popo. It was a great climb. We will check back in with you when we get back down to high camp.”

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: King & Team in Puebla After Ixta Summit

This is Mike, we had a long descent from the Ixta summit and high camp. Everyone is well and getting cleaned up in Puebla. Tomorrow is a day off to rest, eat tacos and hangout at the beautiful square in historic Puebla. Your loved ones have Internet and cell coverage, hit them up for details on the trip thus far. Friday we are off to Piedra Grande to prep for our Orizaba attempt!

RMI Guide Mike King

Time for huevos rancheros and cerveza, the breakfast of champions.


Posted by: Art Muir on 2/24/2017 at 1:26 pm

It looks like some awesome scenery!  Best of luck! Enjoy the experience!

Posted by: Debbi Ersch on 2/23/2017 at 5:28 pm

Mexico’s Volcanoes: King & Team Summit Ixtaccihuatl

RMI Guide Mike King called from the summit of Ixtaccihuatl (17,340’) at 6:15 am PT today. His team was taking photos and enjoying the views from the summit.  They will descend to High Camp, pack their gear and continue their descent from the mountain.  The team will travel to Puebla later today.

Congratulations to the team!

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: King & Team at Ixta’s High Camp

We are all nestled in at our high camp on Ixta at 15,500ft. The team carried heavy packs while taking in the amazing vistas with a cool breeze keeping the temperature manageable.
We will plan on getting an early start for our summit bid so the team can pack up camp and descend into the rest day and tacos al pastor that awaits us in Puebla. Getting to the top of Ixta is just another step in acclimating for our chance at standing on top of Pico de Orizaba, the third highest peak in North America.
Everyone is doing well and sends their best back home.

RMI Guide Mike King

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Go Kierstie and Justin, soak it all in and enjoy the mountains!
Love Dad

Posted by: Scott Cameron on 2/21/2017 at 7:14 pm

Mexico’s Volcanoes: King & Team Travel to Ixtaccihuatl

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 5:32 pm PT

The Team continues to enjoy the food and rolling countryside here in Mexico. We are spending the night at the Altzomoni Hut, at 13,200’ that overlooks Popo, the neighboring volcano. While today was mostly a travel day between La Malinche and Ixtaccihuatl, we did manage to hike for 2 hours through the lower slopes surrounded by dry bunch grass and a cool breeze.

We spent the afternoon sorting gear and getting ready for our move up to high camp in the morning. Everyone is acclimating well and eager to start our first climb of the trip.  The mountain is dry this time of year and we have some high winds forecasted. We will keep our fingers crossed for clear skies and calm winds.

RMI Guide Mike King

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: Team Acclimatizes on La Malinche

Day two in Mexico was very successful.  We climbed to 13,400 feet for our acclimatization hike on La Malinche then made it back to the cabins at the old Olympic training facility for time to shower and lounge on the grass.  For dinner we had sizzling cactus and steak served on hot coals.  The group is healthy and happy and starting a game of counting stray dogs.  Off to Ixta tomorrow!  Here’s a photo of lounging in front of La Malinche.

RMI Guide Christina Dale

Mexico Volcanoes: King & Team Arrive in Mexico City

Saturday, February 18, 2017 8:35 pm PT

This is Mike with RMI’s Mexico Volcanoes trip.  All the climbers arrived in Mexico City with luggage and enthusiasm. We had a nice team dinner and got to know each other a bit.  From here we will leave the sprawling grasp of Mexico City for the scenic and rolling country side of La Malinche.  Tomorrow’s plan is to have an acclimatization hike to stretch the legs and lungs so the Team is prepared for our first objective, Ixtaccihuatl 17,340’. We’ll check in each day and update those back home.

RMI Guide Mike King

Aconcagua: Liken & Team Finish Expedition in Mendoza

All good things must end and this Aconcagua Expedition is no different.  The team went on our final walk out of the Vacas Valley together yesterday, and within five hours we were back in civilization.  After watching the dirt and trip dust wash off us in the shower, we all went to a fancy celebration dinner.  Even though the team enjoyed peppers cooking, it was agreed the restaurant was a bit better.  Everyone is now excited to head home and reflect on an excellent adventure.

RMI Guide Ben Liken

checks are in the mail to Ben and Pepper, they are sent to RMI c/o Ben and Pepper at the Ashland washinton address.
hope this note finds you well, it was a great experience!! My urine has gone back to its normal yellow as opposed to the dark rusty red color it was at high camp. Nothing but cheery memories from here on out!!
dave folsom

Posted by: dave folsom on 2/25/2017 at 2:41 pm

I need an address so I can send your tip. This was an amazing adventure for me,  and you and Ben were great guides. I will be reliving the adventure again and again, probably getting a little closer to the top each time. After a year or two who knows I may have summited. Get me your address so I can send some $$, you guys deserve it.
P.S. you will always have a warm bed and good food if passing through Medford.
dave folsom

Posted by: dave folsom on 2/21/2017 at 9:40 am

Aconcagua: Liken & Team Descend to Base Camp and Begin Trek Out

Hi all! Due to technical difficulties we were unable to get a blog off last night, but suffice it to say that everyone made it back to Base Camp yesterday in fine form. We supped on champagne and lasagna to celebrate a safe descent from the upper mountain, and awoke this morning to a last minute gear shuffle before the long walk downhill. Our plan is to hike down the Relinchos Valley, and take a right when we hit the Vacas River. Camp tonight will be at Las Lenas, which was our very first stop on this long and eventful journey.

“Today was a good day!”

RMI Guides Ben Liken & Pepper Dee

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Aconcagua: Liken & Team Summit!

Update 3:44 pm ART time, 10:44 am Pacific time
The team woke up this morning at 4:30 am to clear skies and no wind, so it was time to head to the upper mountain.  The weather remained on our side all the way up and down, giving us excellent views from the top.  Also fresh snow from the night before meant we were breaking trail through shin-deep powder up high.  As soon as we got back to camp, a thunder storm had us hiding in the tent.  We will stay here at high camp one more night before we descend back to Base Camp.

RMI Guide Ben Liken

RMI Guide Ben Liken called with great news this morning.  His team reached the Aconcagua summit this morning at 11:45 a.m. local time!  They climbed strong and were one of the first teams on top.  They really lucked out as the winds were starting to increase.  The plan is to head down to Base Camp shortly.


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Congratulations to Ben Liken, Pepper Dee and Team! Major accomplishment!

Posted by: David Clemmons on 2/14/2017 at 7:30 am

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