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Mexico’s Volcanoes: Team Prepares for Summit Attempt on Orizaba

The Mexico Team is resting comfortably at the Piedra Grande Hut on Orizaba. Yesterday we had a nice day off in Puebla, everyone took advantage of the good food, area surrounding the Zocalo and some visited a car museum.

Leaving Puebla this morning we took in more of the countryside and ended up at a century old soap factory turned climber’s hostel run by Sr. Reyes. We met his 93 year old father and enjoyed a nice lunch after sorting our gear for the climb.

Our drive up here is on a fairly rough road through pine trees and the grassy lower slopes of Orizaba. We are currently at 14,000’ sitting in a light cloud with views of the mountain from time to time.The team will wake around midnight and hopefully have good weather to climb.

Keep your fingers crossed that we get a chance to summit Orizaba!

RMI Guides Mike King & Steve Gately

On The Map

Good Luck ALEX S and team wishing you all the best in your summit attempt…

Jeff and the Gang from the TH53 Project in Northern MN

Posted by: Jeff Hall on 10/21/2016 at 3:12 pm


Mexico’s Volcanoes: Mike King Re-Caps Summit Attempt on Ixta

This morning around 12:30 we woke for our Ixta summit day. We had a relatively clear sky above us with a bright moon, but out to the east was a small cloud bank with some lightening radiating through the clouds. We got ready to climb since the storm looked to be moving away from the mountain.

As we approached our first break the storm clouds began to creep our way with the lightening increasing in the distance. The guides turned the group around and made the call to pack up camp and head to lower elevations. The team responded and broke camp quickly, transitioning into downhill mode.  Carrying heavy packs in rocky terrain at night isn’t easy and we all arrived tired but thankful to not be up at Ixta’s high camp.

Upon reaching the trail-head all signs of the storm had disappeared, clear above visibility unlimited. Some frustration and confusion pulsed through the team members and guides. When you’re in the mountains it is important to take the information available to you and make a conservative decision. Sometimes the storm rolls in and sometimes the skies clear.

We spent the morning resting and sorting gear for the next few days. Like clockwork, the skies turned grey, hail fell and thunder rolled high on Ixta. Our shuttles arrived to take us to Puebla for the next 2 nights.
The Team will enjoy a day off in the historic district and then we are off for Orizaba, the 3rd highest peak in North America.

RMI Guide Mike King & Team

glad everyone returned safely, climbing acancagua with RMI in january and hope to summit, but hope to return home even more

Posted by: Dave Folsom on 11/12/2016 at 7:07 pm

Bummer…Disappointed for you…Enjoy the town…Next mtn please…Waltero

Posted by: Walter Glover on 10/20/2016 at 3:36 am


Mexico’s Volcanoes: Team Turns Back on Summit Bid

RMI Guide Mike King checked in from Mexico.  Today the team made their summit attempt from High Camp but were forced to turn around at 16,000’ on Ixta due to a major electrical storm on the horizon.  The team descended and returned to the Altzomoni Hut where they packed up their gear, loaded vehicles and continued their descent.  They will travel to Puebla today as scheduled and explore this beautiful colonial city.

We look forward hearing more from them soon.

RMI Office

On The Map


Mexico’s Volcanoes: Team Prepares for Summit Bid

The RMI Mexico Team is nestled in their tents at 15,000’ after a heavy move day to our camp. We woke early to beat the heat and afternoon storms. Our route today took us to the base of the “knees” on Ixta over four hours. The camp is dry so we had some porter help carrying water for two days.

We enjoyed views of the expansive golden bunch grass as the hills and rock features making up the lower flanks gave way to volcanic rock and scree. Being in and out of the clouds allowed for cooler temperatures and the team climbed well. We will head for the summit tomorrow morning if the weather holds. Coverage has been troublesome for longer dispatches, we’ll get a longer one up from our day off in Puebla.

RMI Guide Mike King

On The Map


Mexico’s Volcanoes: Team Arrives at Altzomoni Hut

The Team has arrived at the Altzomoni Hut on Ixta, 12,000’. The goal today was to pack for our approach to high camp, get a walk in to continue acclimating and relax. While our drive today included a few detours, a late breakfast and some electrical storms, the team is doing well. So much of climbing in the big mountains can be’ “hurry up and wait”. Patience is tested, storms blow in making everyone stir crazy and it becomes easy to let the scenery just pass by without taking in your surroundings.

Our drive to the hut took us through beautiful countryside with acres of corn being harvested and up through dense forests of evergreen trees and shrubs. After passing through rolling pampas filled with grass we saw Popocatepetl, the neighboring volcano who watches over Ixtaccihuatl. Popo was on display today with steam and ash rising from it’s caldera.

Tomorrow we will move up to 15,000’ and hope the weather cooperates for a summit attempt on Wednesday.

RMI Guide Mike King

On The Map

OK: Weather Prayer.
Waltero

Posted by: Walter Glover on 10/18/2016 at 6:57 am

Following your progress, plan to follow in your footsteps next month (Nov.5-13). Wishing everyone strength (mental and physical) as well as good weather!

Posted by: Sierra Orr on 10/18/2016 at 5:50 am


Mexico’s Volcanoes: Team Takes Acclimatization Hike on La Malinche

Today we left Mexico City for the rolling hills of La Malinche National Park on a clear and beautiful day. Our climbing objectives, Ixta and Orizaba were on display with a light covering of new snow as our shuttle merged in and out of the maze of toll roads.

The goal for today was a hike to 14,000 ft to stretch our legs and lungs. On the ascent we passed numerous locals hiking and packing up camp sites from the weekend. As we got to tree line there were large dark clouds billowing over Malinche’s summit. With rain and lightening on the horizon we turned around at 13,000 ft and headed back down through a dense pine forest to our cabanas where will stay for the night.

The team is doing well and excited to get on Ixta tomorrow afternoon.

RMI Guides Mike King & Steve Gately

On The Map


Mexico’s Volcanoes: Team Arrives in Mexico City

October 15, 2016 - 9 pm PT

This is Mike, the entire RMI Mexico team arrived with all their gear and high spirits! We kicked the program off with a good dinner and meeting. Tomorrow we will head 75 miles east of Mexico City into rolling hills of Tlaxcala to the base La Malinche. This is where we begin our acclimatization program with a day hike and spending the night at 10,000 ft.
Thanks for following along.

RMI Guide Mike King


Chile Ski: Reid & Team Termas Bound

As promised, the storm hit Araucania last night. After a nice evening sunset on Villarrica, the rain came. We retreated from our camp this morning with heavy wet snowflakes falling from the sky, very happy to not be high up on Lanin. Now we are on our way to Peumayen, a beautiful lodge and termas (hot springs) outside of Pucon. This is our last night in Chile, and one to celebrate - this trip has been top notch. Great crew, great skiing conditions, a lot of great weather… Every year I’m always amazed how fast this trip goes.

Tomorrow we head for the airport and home to the US. Thanks for following along!

RMI Guide Tyler Reid and the Chile Ski Crew


Chile Ski: Reid & Team Ski Some New Terrain on Villarrica

With a gnarly low pressure system poised to strike our intended high camp on Lanin, in my experience the windiest mountain in the world, we decided a more prudent plan would be to focus our efforts on skiing some new terrain on Villarrica. This meant foregoing our two day attempt on Lanin (with the forecast, our odds of summiting were minuscule) so with a team consensus we decided to spend an evening camped on Villarrica instead.

Today we traversed around the mountain to the east and found a very long run down snaky lava tubes full of corn snow. We skied three runs today totaling 5800 vertical feet, and now we’re about to have dinner at our Villarrica camp. Another fun day in Chile - hoping the weather is merciful tomorrow.

RMI Guide Tyler Reid & the Chile Ski Team


Chile Ski: To the Summit of Villarica & A Ski Descent

Today was slated as a rest day in our itinerary, but one member of our group was psyched to forego rest in favor of another uphill skiing adventure on Villarrica - and this one resulted in standing on the summit. The weather was absolutely perfect today and the snow conditions were efficient for uphill travel, as well as great skiing.

With the nice weather and being a weekend, there were a significant number of local guided climbing groups plodding their way up the main route, but we found our own variation that made it feel like we had the mountain to ourselves. It took us 4.5 hours to the summit, and about 30 minutes to ski down. Love ski mountaineering.

RMI Guide Tyler Reid
& the Chile Ski Team

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