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Mexico: Waterfall & Team Celebrating Their Successful Expedition

Posted by: Solveig Waterfall, Chase Nelson | February 21, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

A big thanks to everyone back home! All your wishes for good climbing weather were answered! We woke up at midnight after a deafening storm of rain and hail to perfectly clear skies and calm winds.

The ascent took us just over eight hours and we spent over 45 minutes on the summit enjoying some of the warmest, calmest, conditions I’ve experienced at 18,600’! After taking photos and celebrating, we descended in just over three hours.  We are all now safely back in town enjoying showers, cervesas, and awaiting a delicious dinner at the Reyes Compound.

Tonight we are looking forward to a well deserved rest and then heading home tomorrow!

Thanks for following along,

RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall

February 21, 2015- RMI team on the Orizaba summit. Photo: Solveig Waterfall

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Mexico: Waterfall & Team Summit Orizaba!

Posted by: Solveig Waterfall, Chase Nelson | February 21, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 18,701'

Summit!

Solveig called from the top of El Pico de Orizaba. It was just after 9:00 am Mexico time. The weather was nice with calm winds.

They were going to head back down to Piedra Grande Hut and will check after their descent.

RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall

The shadow cast by Pico de Orizaba at sunrise. Photo: Solveig Waterfall The Mexico Team making the final steps to the summit of Orizaba. Photo: Solveig Waterfall Chase Nelson and his rope team cresting the Orizaba summit. Photo: Solveig Waterfall

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Mexico Volcanoes: Solveig & Team at Piedra Grande Hut

Posted by: Solveig Waterfall, Chase Nelson | February 20, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 14,000'

Good Evening!

We are all doing great here at the Piedra Grande Hut at the base of El Pico de Orizaba. After a bumpy and dusty 4x4 drive, we arrived today around 3:30.  Up next was setting up tents and getting our gear together so we could all settle in and enjoy a delicious pasta and garlic bread dinner before tucking in for the night.

It’s cold here at 14,000’, and everyone is settled in for the night. We had beautiful weather on our climb of Ixta and also on our rest day, but here at camp we are in the clouds and we’ve been receiving mixed precipitation types of rain, snow, graupel, and hail. Cross your fingers this system moves out and allows us a shot at the summit!

RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall and the Team

Approaching the foot of Pico de Orizaba, Mexico. Photo: RMI Collection Orizaba on the drive to Piedra Grande Hut. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mexico Volcanoes: Solveig & Team Relax in Puebla

Posted by: Solveig Waterfall, Chase Nelson | February 19, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

After yesterday’s hard work and success, today was spent as a well-deserved rest day for the team in Puebla! We kicked things off with a full night of sleep and a casual start, and folks were free to spend the day exploring what the town has to offer. It was a very relaxing day for everyone, and a few members of the team even went for massages!

We gathered in the evening for a nice dinner at el Mural de los Poblanos, a short walk from the hotel. There we shared photos and reminisced about the days adventures and the climb. Spirits are high, and tomorrow we leave the city for Orizaba.

RMI Guide Chase Nelson

Orizaba view from Puebla, Mexico. Photo: Chase Nelson

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Mexico’s Volcanoes: Team Reaches Summit of Ixtaccihuatl!

Posted by: Chase Nelson, Solveig Waterfall | February 18, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 17,340'

We wanted to let you know that our team reached the summit of Ixtaccihuatl today!  Six of our climbers reached the summit.  We had good weather today, although it was a little windy up high.
We have arrived in Puebla and it’s been a long day.  We are looking forward to a good night’s sleep and a day of rest and exploration of this great town.

RMI Guides Solveig Waterfall & Chase Nelson

February 18, 2015- Mexico team on the Ixta summit! Photo: Solveig Waterfall A climber on the ridge of Ixtaccihuatl en route to the summit.  Photo: RMI Collection Sunrise on Ixtaccihuatl, Mexico.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Mexicos Volcanoes: Team Moves to Ixta High Camp

Posted by: Chase Nelson, Solveig Waterfall | February 17, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

After waking up to a nice breakfast of huevos Mexicanos at the Altzomoni Hut, we loaded up our packs and departed for our Ixta high camp! We hiked under mostly cloudy skies and chilly weather but were greeted by some sun breaks in the afternoon. Great views all day of Ixta’s actively erupting neighbor Popo, as well as the cities surrounding the mountain. We made it to the Refugio with plenty of time for some last minute prep and an early evening. The team is looking good and acclimatized for a summit bid tomorrow, it should be an exciting day!

RMI Guide Chase Nelson

An RMI Team at High Camp on Ixtaccihuatl.  Photo: RMI Collection

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Mexico: Waterfall & Team Settle in to Altzomoni Hut

Posted by: Solveig Waterfall, Chase Nelson | February 16, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 12,000'

Good evening everyone!

We are all nestled in here at the Altzomoni Hut, which is subsequently nestled between the summits of Popo and Ixta, just above the Paso de Cortez.

We started off the day with a buffet breakfast at the Mission Tlaxaca, the last in-town meal before the climb.  After meeting our local guide Cato and going for an acclimatization hike up the first few hundred feet of the route to high camp, we returned to the hut for rewarding hot drinks and a chips and salsa fiesta!

The rest of the evening has been spent organizing gear, practicing with our crampons, harnesses, and learning to set up expedition tents.  We are all excited to get up to camp tomorrow and get our eyes on the upper mountain!

Thanks for following along and we’ll check in tomorrow night!

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Views of Ixtaccihuatl from the Paso de Cortez. Photo: RMI Collection

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congrats Will W. and team on a great climb, keep safe and enjoy!

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Posted by: sherril jarosch on 2/18/2015 at 12:12 pm


Mexico: Solveig Waterfall & Team Acclimate on La Malinche

Posted by: Solveig Waterfall, Chase Nelson | February 16, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico
Elevation: 12,000'

We awoke in Mexico City this morning to clearing skies, warmer temperatures, and relatively quiet streets. Leaving town early on the Sunday morning of a holiday weekend has its benefits! 

The team enjoyed a delicious traditional Mexican style breakfast provided by the hotel, and after efficiently transferring our mountain of luggage into the vehicle to go to the actual mountain, we stole a few extra moments prior to loading our bus to make a final run to the closest Starbucks. This last minute luxury is one which instantly triggers my Seattleite soul into an irrepressible mental fist-bump!

We sailed through the streets of District Federal with ease, making quick work of our exit from the metropolitan area.  We had discussed the need to “roll with the punches”, so to speak, at our evening meeting, as the logistics of traveling in this part of the world can sometimes be an exercise in patience.  Soon after we left the city center behind we were met with our first mental challenge of the trip!

Our driver pulled off the highway, jumped out of the bus, and made a break for the nearest field and distant buildings in what at first appeared to be either a desperate trip to get to the restroom, or an oddly-timed opportunity to get in a quick jog…either way we all followed suit and hopped off to snap a few quick selfies and capture the views of Ixta and Popo.

To our delight, our driver returned, with tools and additional man-power, and we soon discovered we were not being abandoned, but rather beginning the process of repairing a punctured tire.

After an hour of relaxing roadside, we re-boarded and continued toward La Malinche, eagerly anticipating stretching our legs on the slopes of the long-extinct volcano.  Once we arrived here at the La Malitzi Resort, we quickly moved into our Cabanas, organized our day packs, hit the trail, and hiked at a casual pace ascending to our high point of just over 12,000ft.

Back at the resort just before dark, we are enjoying a beautiful sunset here at 10,000ft, awaiting our dinner reservation and a hot shower to wash off the trail dust.

Tomorrow we head to Ixta to continue the acclimatization process and prepare for our first summit bid in a few days!

Buenos Noches!
RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall and the Team

Tire shop luckily on the way to La Malinche. Photo: Solveig Waterfall Ixtaccihuatl view on the way to La Malinche. Photo: Solveig Waterfall The Mexico team before La Malinche acclimating hike. Photo: Solveig Waterfall

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Mexico: Solveig Waterfall & Team Arrrive in Mexico City

Posted by: Solveig Waterfall, Chase Nelson | February 15, 2015
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

Hi Everyone!

Chase and I have been in Mexico City since last night and spent this afternoon grocery shopping and sorting equipment in preparation for the start of our program.  Climbers arrived throughout the afternoon and evening, and by 9:00 PM we were a complete team around the dinner table at the Holiday Inn here in the Zona Rosa.

We spent the evening discussing logistics, gear, and getting ourselves prepared to hit the trail, starting with our first acclimatization hike tomorrow. We are all excited to leave the sounds of the city behind and get into the mountains! Our first objective will be an afternoon stroll on the flanks of La Malinche.

Thanks for following along and we’ll check in again tomorrow evening!

RMI Guide Solveig Waterfall

Overlooking the Zocalo of Mexico City from RMI's hotel. Photo: RMI Collection

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Mexico Volcanoes: RMI Guide Zeb Blais Recaps The Team’s Orizaba Summit Day

Posted by: Zeb Blais, Robby Young | November 16, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Mexico

After a delicious breakfast at Dr Reye’s historic soap factory bed and breakfast, our team is on our way home.

A little more on the Orizaba climb:

We arrived at the Piedra Grande Hut on Friday afternoon. After a brief walk to help our bodies get used to the thin air, we settled into camp. Robby and I cooked the best chicken tacos Orizaba has ever seen. Fresh tortillas, guacamole, sautéed onions and peppers, rotisserie chicken and limes made for a great pre-climb feast. After the taco feed, we tucked into our tents for a few hours of sleep.

When we woke, the thick cloud that had engulfed camp before bed had cleared. It was a beautiful night without even a breath of wind.

We climbed through a maze of rock known as the Labrynth to the Jamapa Glacier. At over 16,000’ we donned crampons and ice axes and roped together to work towards Orizaba’s stunning summit crater.

Rest stepping, crampon technique and pressure breathing were the cornerstones of success as our team made switchbacks across the peaks northeast face. Our entire team climbed well until we were on the summit celebrating a hard fought ascent.

We enjoyed perfect, warm weather on top. After we had captured some photos and soaked in the amazing view, it was time to tackle the other half of the climb : the descent.

In keeping with the style they showed on the ascent, the team descended with great form and attention to footwork. Without a hitch, our team made it back to Piedra Grande.

A few hours of packing and 4x4 riding led us to a tasty meal and celebration at the Reyes soap factory. Sharing stories and jokes with the team was a terrific way to end a great climb and a rewarding trip.

Thanks to everyone on the team for their huge efforts and great attitudes!

Until the next climb ~

RMI Guides Zeb Blais & Robby Young

View while on Orizaba summit day. Photo: Zeb Blais The Mexico RMI team rest-stepping to the Orizaba summit. Photo: Zeb Blais The RMI team smiles for the camera on Orizaba, Mexico. Photo: Zeb Blais

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