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Mexico’s Volcanoes: King & Team Finish Expedition with Two Successful Summits

The Mexico team is back safe at Sr. Reyes’ climbers hostel after a long summit day on Pico de Orizaba. Following our dusty drive down from the hut we spent the evening cleaning gear and packing for our flights tomorrow. This trip flew by and we were fortunate to have great weather, two summits and a wonderful group of climbers. Thanks for following along!

RMI Guide Mike King

Looks fantastic! Congratulations. I wish I still had it me to do this.

Posted by: Duncan Mckinnon on 3/5/2017 at 5:01 pm

Awesome!!!!! CONGRATS!!!

Posted by: Dave Kestel on 2/26/2017 at 2:53 am


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.”

On The Map


Mexico’s Volcanoes: King & Team Set Up Camp on Orizaba

We are currently setting up tents at the Piedra Grande Hut on the lower flanks of Pico de Orizaba. The Team had a very productive rest day in Puebla. Several of them took a city tour while some cruised the markets and town square for people watching and amazing food. The view from our hotel roof was a highlight since all the peaks we have been on and traveling near are visible among the colorful backdrop of Puebla’s cathedrals and colorful neighborhoods.

The Team is excited for the summit attempt and looking forward to another beautiful sunset here in Mexico. We will hopefully be checking in from the summit tomorrow morning. Thanks for following along!

RMI Guide Mike King

On The Map


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.

Congratulations.

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!

On The Map


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

On The Map

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

On The Map


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

Pepper,
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

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