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  Alpine Ascents Mexico Volcanoes:  Team #1 Summits


Mexico Volcano team sends their love as they enjoy stunning views from the summit of Iztaccíhuatl!
Posted on October 17, 2012 by alpineascents

Friends, family, loved ones, Stuart here from Mexico, Team #1. Just pleased to inform you that we are standing on the summit of the third highest peak in Mexico at the moment, Iztaccíhuatl, 17,136 feet.

I’m up here with Roberto, a local guide from Orizaba guides, it’s a privilege to work with that gentleman also. And, who else do I have? I’ve got a few people here who would like to say hello, so I’m just going to pass the phone around, hopefully this doesn’t cut out, if it does we’re all safe and well. And I’ll put a better post when I am back at Puebla tomorrow, or tonight, staying at the Marriott Hotel, after a little rest and recuperation, but here’s the phone, hopefully this is all going through.

“Hi, this is Keith in Mexico, and hi everybody, all the family. We’re having a great time, spectacular views, great crowd, atop of the 7th highest peak in North America, and can’t wait to see you guys again.”
“Hi, Ed Bauer here, It’s a long dream come true, Izta, great place, great people, and we’re doing well take care.”
“Hi Dan Kupres here, doing well doing great, it’s been a great climb. Heather, thank you for being such a loving, supporting wife, can’t wait to see you.”

So not sure if that all went through, hopefully we’re not speaking in cyberspace, but thanks for tuning in, all is safe and well on the summit here, just about to start descending down, beautiful day on the 3rd highest peak in Mexico, speak to you all later, bye!

Mexico Volcano team spends a beautiful day hiking up to a delicious Indian meal at the Ayaloco Hut at 15,100 feet
Posted on October 17, 2012 by alpineascents

Friends, family, loved ones, Stuart here from Mexico, Team #1. Today we left the Altzimoni Hut and we climbed up to the Ayaloco Hut, just a little over 15,000 (about 15,100 feet up here). It’s situated on the crest of a huge moraine which separates the Glacier de la Rodias, which is the News Glacier, and the Ayaloco Glacier, which we will be climbing tomorrow.

Hard day for folks, it was, you know, carrying those bigger packs at altitude, but everybody got up here in fine style and we enjoyed an Indian meal, just bedding down and we will be climbing in the early hours. Beautiful day up here, some fantastic views down towards Mexico City, and the other volcanoes in the area, so looking forward to a good climb. The weather is really conducive at the moment, we got these afternoon clouds building up, but the mornings and the evenings are clear. Looking forward to a safe and successful climb tomorrow, thanks for tuning in, bye.

Mexico Volcano team enjoys acclimatization hike on Iztaccíhuatl today (continuation of previous post)
Posted on October 16, 2012 by alpineascents

Stuart here again from Mexico Volcanoes Team #1, looks like I just got cut off on that last cybercast. Just to reiterate, just in case it didn’t go through, we’re staying at the Altzimoni Hut, just a little under 13,000 feet. Today we went on an acclimatization hike, up the route normal, Arista del Sol route, up towards the Grupo de los Cien Hut. Everyone is doing really well and sends their love.
Tomorrow we are going to plan to break camp and then move on up to the base of the Ayaloco Glacier, where we’ll climb from. Just bedding down for this evening, we enjoyed a great burrito meal and some chili soup. The weather so far has been really great, some spectacular views of the mountains, and out to the urban accommodations of Mexico City and Puebla. Again, all is well here, everyone is looking forward to a safe and successful climb, thanks a lot for tuning in, take care, bye.

Mexico Volcano team tours Mexico City, shops the market at Amecameca, then acclimatizes on a hike at 14,000 feet, before heading to bed at the Altzimoni hut
Posted on October 16, 2012 by alpineascents

Friends, family, loved ones, Stuart here from Mexico Volcanoes, team #1. Just reporting in to give you a heads up on our progress so far. Yesterday we enjoyed an excellent tour of the museum of anthropology in Mexico City from our tour guide and driver, Arnold. We left the city early afternoon, we first headed out towards Amecameca, where we had lunch and we picked up some fresh fruit and vegetables at the local market which is always a good experience. We then continued our drive up through the Paso de Cortes, between Popo, which was putting off some steam and our first objective, Iztaccíhuatl. We spent last night and tonight at the Altzimoni Hut, just a little under 13,000 feet and today we went on an acclimatization hike, that went very well. We headed up the normal route on…(transmission ends)

14 October, 2012 04:12
Posted on October 14, 2012 by alpineascents
Hi this is Stuart checking in for Mexico Volcanoes Team number 1, kicking off the season down here for Alpine Ascents. I am pleased to report all the climbers on the team consisting of Ed, Keith, George and Dan have arrived here safely today in Mexico City with all their bags. This evening we all met up in our hotel, the Maria Cristina in the heart of Mexico City for a quick gear check orientation and team introductions. We then went out a few blocks away to a good Argentine steak restaurant for some steaks washed down with a little Malbec. Everybody is doing well, a little tired from the travel, but looking forward to the trip. It’s a nice cool, overcast fall evening here in Mexico city. Tomorrow after a quick visit to the National Museum of Anthropology and the The Zócalo which is the main square in the heart of the historic center of Mexico City we will leave the city and head east to the mountains. En route we will stop off at Amecameca for lunch and to pick up fresh fruit, bottled water and some other last minute purchases. Our first objective is Iztaccíhuatl a 5,230 m (17,160 ft) mountain. It is the nation’s third highest, after Pico de Orizaba 5,636 m (18,491 ft) and Popocatépetl 5,426 m (17,802 ft). The name “Iztaccíhuatl” is Nahuatl for “White woman”, reflecting the four individual snow-capped peaks which depict the head, chest, knees and feet of a sleeping female when seen from east. Again all is well here and thanks for tuning in. I will try and cybercast each day but no news is always good news and no need to worry, your family and friends are in good hands. Stu


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