Greetings from Puebla, Mexico. Our group reached the summit of Iztaccihuatl yesterday. The weather was clear with a slight breeze. Overall it made for excellent conditions for climbing.
After arriving in Mexico City on November 6 we have spent the last couple of days acclimatizing to the high altitude we will soon be climbing in. Iztaccihuatl is an Aztec name that means “sleeping lady”. When viewed from the town below, Amecameca, it looks like a lady lying on her back. Our route is called “The Knees Route” and basically traverses along the ridge line of the mountain from the knees to its summit which is the chest.
Today we will travel to the town of Tlachichuca at the base of Orizaba. We plan to spend the day in preparation for climbing the third highest mountain in North America at 18,410′.
Here are a few highlights from our climb: