Climb the Mexican Volcanoes
Are you new to mountain climbing? Climb the Mexican volcanoes with us, which are amongst the highest peaks in north America. People in the beginning stage of mountaineering can benefit tremendously from a short expedition to Mexico.
I’m so excited to inform you that we are getting ready for our next trips coming up. To start with we are hitting the dirt on the slopes of the Mexican volcanoes. November is a great time to climb these volcanoes since the rain and snow season is not starting for a little while.
Remember! On this trip we may climb Iztaccihuatl (#8 in NA) and Pico de Orizaba (#3 in NA), or only one of them. To climb the Mexican volcanoes would be the perfect adventure for those people who are ready to reconnect with their inner child.
9- Days Itinerary for the Mexican Volcanoes Trip:
Day 1 – Flight into Mexico City. Arrive in Mexico City at 9:00 pm local time. Drive to Amecameca and check you into your hotel.
Day 2 – Meet after breakfast to do any necessary final shopping and do some sight-seeing of the local market and the plaza (downtown square). Drive to Paso de Cortez and then to base camp, where we will spend the night in a lodge. Acclimating process begins. Base camp is located at 12,700’.
Day 3 – Acclimatization day. Day hike to 15,000’. Sleep in base camp.
Day 4 – Iztaccihuatl Summit attempt day via the “Refugios” route.
Day 5 – Leave Iztaccihuatl base camp and drive to Tlalchichuca, Puebla State. Sleep at a lodge in town.
Day 6 – Drive in 4×4 car to Piedra Grande (Pico de Orizaba base camp).
Day7 – Pico de Orizaba Summit attempt day via Glaciar de Jamapa and we go back down to Tlalchichuca for a well deserved shower and a nice dinner.
Day 8 – Drive back to Mexico City.
Day 9 – Return to your home country.
Trekking and Climbing in Nepal
Then, what really pumps me up right now to a higher level, is the fact that in September we’re going back to Nepal!!! Yes!!! In this trip we will ascend Mera Peak, a beautiful 6400m (+) peak, which has one of the most outstanding views of 5 of the 6 highest mountains in the planet. Take K2 out of the list and you’ll see the remaining five!
Mera Peak is considered a Trekking Peak, meaning that the technical difficulties are very low. This mountain is located south west of Mt. Everest in a valley called Hinku (or Hunku) Valley. This area is not considered very touristic, as oppose to Khumbu Valley, which is visited every year by perhaps tens of thousands of trekkers and climbers. In our approach to Mera Peak base camp there will be no lodges or tea houses, meaning that we will be on our own, camping and carrying all our supplies –well, not you, but our precious porters– Kind of like a real expedition!
The whole trip shall be done in 17 days and the itinerary will be posted here as well.
Of course, if you want to stay longer and stick around with our guides, you may end up going to Everest base camp and maybe climbing another Trekking Peak of higher technical difficulties.
The belay is on!
Transferring Safely to a Rappel System
Rappelling off of a TR system can be a challenge. Using this technique it becomes smooth and easy, not to mention that you will be much safer!
Reaching the summit of Iztaccihuatl
Last summer of 2014 we summited the 7th (or so) highest point in north America once again. It was a beautiful day!
Training for Climbing
Staying in shape is a lifestyle, and adding this routine to your training program will help you achieve better results when you are either out on the rock or at the gym wall.