Iztaccihuatl Summit!

Happy climbers, David and Josh on the Iztaccihuatl Summit

Congrats to our Mexico Volcanoes team as they reached the summit of the first of the two major objectives of the expedition, Iztaccihuatl (5230m/17,160ft).  Here’s expedition leader, Terray Sylvester with the recap of the summit day:

Hello, this is Terray calling in for the Madison Mountaineering Mexico Volcanoes expedition. It’s Thursday, October 21st.  Today we had a great climb to the summit of Iztaccihuatl, the third highest volcano in Mexico, and the third highest volcano in North America. The summit is 17,160 ft.

We had beautiful weather, we topped out at about 8:00am, so just a half an hour after the sun rose. As we climbed, we had great views of Popocatépetl to the south and the lights of Puebla over to the east. That capped off a good three days on Iztaccihuatl, we were acclimatizing, moving loads over to our high camp and then eventually moved into our high camp at 15,400 ft. before heading for the summit.

Now we’re back in Puebla.  We’ll spend two nights here resting before we head over to Pico de Orizaba, which is the next major objective on our trip.  That is the highest volcano in North America.

So, we’ll stay in touch.

Acclimatizing on Iztaccihuatl. Climbers Josh in the foreground and David behind.

Acclimatizing on Iztaccihuatl. Climbers Josh in the foreground and David behind.

Just below the Iztaccihuati summit. The smoking Popocatepetl in the background.

Just below the Iztaccihuati summit. The smoking Popocatepetl in the background.

Climbers Josh and David at Iztaccihuati high camp after dinner

Climbers Josh and David at Iztaccihuati high camp after dinner

Climber Josh approaching the summit of Iztaccihuati

Climber Josh approaching the summit of Iztaccihuati


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