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Mexico Volcanoes: Schmitt & Team at Ixtaccihuatl’s High Camp

Hello from Ixta high camp!

We woke up this morning at the Altzomoni Hut to a crisp and clear morning. The moon, out in all its glory, was suspended just above Pico de Orizaba, far in the distance, and Popo was periodically producing puffs of smoke, creating an incredible view for us to begin our day with. Although it was a sight to behold, we had little time to sit and watch, because we had a high camp to get to!

Everyone made it up to approximately 15,500 feet in great style! The day proved to have as beautiful weather as the morning provided, and we enjoyed the blue skies the whole way up to high camp. The loads were a bit heavy, and the air a bit thin, but that was no issue for this team.

Now we are all relaxing in our tents and in true Mexican style enjoying a little siesta before dinner. In the morning we plan on waking up and climbing to the summit of Ixta!

Hasta luego!

RMI Guides JT Schmitt & Grayson Swingle

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WOW!  What a beautiful sight, especially with someone I know in it!  (:-)

Posted by: E J Fisher on 10/16/2019 at 11:47 am

Mexico Volcanoes: Schmitt & Team Enjoy a Feast at Altzomoni Hut

It has been another beautiful sunny day here in Mexico! Today the team moved from La Malinche through the town of Amecameca to the base of Ixta at 13,000 feet. Here, we did a final gear check and packed our bags to begin our two day journey up Ixta. The volcano next to Ixta, Popo, has been giving us quite a show today with big plumes of ash and gas coming from its crater.

Tonight our local logistics manager, Rehulio, is cooking us a Mexican feast as clouds begin to roll in on our perch! Rehulio does tons of work behind the scenes to make this trip run smoothly along with his porters and guides who help us along the way. Big shout out to them!

The plan for tomorrow is to ascend to our high camp on Ixta at 15,500 feet. It’s going to be a big day! Wish us luck for good weather for climbing to the summit!

RMI Guide Grayson Swingle

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Great going, guys!  Keep it up, up, up. (:-)

Posted by: E J Fisher on 10/16/2019 at 11:42 am

Have a great couple days on ixta enjoy the beauty within and around.

Posted by: Joe on 10/15/2019 at 2:02 pm

Mexicos Volcanoes: Schmitt and Team Take Acclimatization Hike at La Malinche

Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 3:07 pm PT

Hey everyone, our Mexico Volcanoes Expedition is off to a great start! This morning we left the busy streets of Mexico City for the mountains. We arrived to La Malinche, the former training ground for the Mexican Olympic team. Here we went for our first hike to prepare our bodies for higher elevations to come. The team made it to about 13,000 feet! Tonight we will stay in quiet cabins at 10,000 with great views of the Mexican countryside.

Tomorrow we will head to the base of Ixta, our fist big peak! So far the team is having a great time enjoying the food, scenery and culture that Mexico has to offer! Thanks for tuning in and we will check in mañana!

RMI Guide JT Schmitt

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Mexicos Volcanoes: Schmitt and Team Arrive in Mexico City

This is the Mexico’s Volcanoes Expedition checking in from the beautiful Zona Rosa in Mexico City. All climbers have arrived safely to our hotel, along with all of our baggage.  After a delicious meal of authentic Mexican food, we are about to get some sleep to prepare for our early start to La Malinche tomorrow. Stay tuned for more dispatches once we reach the mountains.

RMI Guide JT Schmitt

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Mexico Volcanoes: Frank & Team Call from Summit of Orizaba

Hello, this is Eric Frank calling from the summit of Orizaba. I’m up here with the team and this completes three of three summits for us this week. It’s been a pretty incredible time of climbing. We summitted La Malinche, then we summited Ixta and now we are standing on top of Orizaba. Everyone is stoked.  We are going to spend a few more minutes enjoying the thin air and then we’re going to start heading down. So we’ll call to check-in once we are down. We look forward to seeing everyone soon.

RMI Guide Eric Frank

RMI Guide Eric Frank calls from the summit of Orizaba, Mexico.

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I am beyond thrilled for you Dave, and the team! Sending great vibes for your descent of Orizaba! Enjoy!!


Posted by: Lori Macaluso on 3/9/2019 at 11:24 am

Mexico Volcanoes: Frank & Team Settle in at Orizaba High Camp

RMI Guide Eric Frank checked in from 14,000, High Camp, on Pico de Orizaba.  The team arrived at the hut today and will try to get a few hours of sleep tonight before their early alpine start.  If weather and conditions allow they will check in tomorrow from the summit of Pico de Orizaba.
We wish them luck and a safe climb!

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Mexico Volcanoes: Frank & Team’s Rest Day in Puebla

After our summit of Ixta, the team made the journey to the quaint Mexican town of Puebla. We spent today relaxing and soaking up the amenities of the city. The activities ranged from visiting the local artist quarter, seeing the town’s oldest library, buying hand made pottery from local artists and catching an afternoon siesta to dodge the heat. We reconvened for dinner at one of the town’s favorite restaurants and followed up our meal with some of the best ice cream Mexico has to offer. Currently the team is tucked in for the night, ready for another good night of sleep and looking forward to the final climb of the trip. 

RMI Guide Eric Frank

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Mexico Volcanoes: Frank & Team Summit Ixtaccihuatl

What a jam packed 24 hours it has been! After a fitful night of rest at the Altzomoni Hut, the team packed up and made the climb up to our high camp at 15,300ft. Our packs weighed between 35-40 lbs and that always makes the terrain much more challenging.  Regardless, the team climbed well and we were lounging in our tents by mid afternoon. Around 4 pm we roused everyone from their siestas and gathered together in the “Refugio Los Cien” to have some soup and quesadillas.
Not long after we finished eating, the first ping began. It sounded like a child was throwing small handfuls of gravel at the side of the refugio, but then the sound intensified. In a few minutes we were engulfed in a hail storm that lasted an hour. Pellets of ice, ranging from the size of a pencil eraser to a grape, covered the ground. Slowly the hail turned into snow and we all hustled out to our tents. Over the next three hours the storm turned into an epic thunder and lighting event, making us wonder if the climb would even be possible.
At 2 am this morning when the first alarm went off, everything had changed. The skies were clear, the weather warm, the wind was gone and only a few inches of snow on the ground remained to remind us of the previous evening.
The climb was flawless. I would say textbook, but it was better then textbook. We summited at 7:45 am under blue skies with small puffs of smoke from a local volcano to keep us company.

RMI Guide Eric Frank

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Happy to hear this trip is going great for everyone! Dave Kestel your Rainier gang is proud of this accomplishment! Can’t wait for you to talk our ears off about it!

Posted by: Jodi Kirincich on 3/7/2019 at 1:30 pm

Mexico Volcanoes: Frank & Team at the Altzomoni Hut for the Night

The stoves are whistling and the Mexican Volcanoes team is enjoying a well deserved rest in our new home for the night: the Altzomoni Hut. Today was partially a rest day and partially logistics day to get ourselves in position for the next climb. 
We woke this morning up slightly sore, but proud of yesterday’s accomplishment. After a few hours on the bus, we made a pit stop in the small city of AmecaMeca to grab lunch and some last minute groceries. From there we drove a winding mountain road back into the clouds.

RMI Guide Eric Frank

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So great to hear you guys had success and reached the Top!! So Cool! All the best from your Canadian climbing buddy Dave K!

Posted by: Darcy M on 3/7/2019 at 2:39 pm

Round and round he goes, where he stops, nobody knows: thanks for the adventurous spirit, John. Your friends and family!

Posted by: Peg Wilson on 3/7/2019 at 7:03 am

Mexico Volcanoes: Frank & Team Meet in Mexico City and Start Acclimating

Greetings! Yesterday, the March Mexico Volcanoes team arrived in the heart of Mexico City, after catching flights from various parts of the country. It is always a long day of travel, but we all managed to arrive without excessive delay or loss of bags. That is a big first victory that puts us in position to get out in the mountains as soon as possible. 

The team met for a short chat last night before going to dinner. There is a lot of experience represented in the group and with a good weather forecast, we expect to have a fun and successful trip.

After an early departure this morning from Mexico City, the team arrived at La Malintzi around 11am. We did a quick gear sort, then headed uphill. The skies were clear and the air warm as we made our way up towards the summit. After about five hours of hiking, the team reached the summit of Malinche and was rewarded with sweeping views of the surrounding areas. A quick descent led us back to hot showers and a delicious dinner of grilled meats, fresh chips, and guacamole. We’re all headed off to bed after a great day, looking forward to tomorrow’s adventures.

RMI Guide Eric Frank

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