Orizaba and La Malinche

I'm putting together another expedition to a great volcano for November of 2022. Let me know ifyou are interested and I'll put you on the email list. It is a really fun trip and we will have quite a few of our recent Cotopaxi climbers on board. Should be another fun adventure with a great team.

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      Itinerary

November 10:   We land in Mexico City and transfer to beautiful Puebla via bus. Relax in our deluxe, boutique hotel in the hart of this ancient city. Take in the sights and enjoy a drink from a beautiful rooftop bar as you get you know your team in preparation for our accllimatization hike on La Malinche.

November 11: Rest day to acclimate to this altitude of 7000 feet. Walk the ancient city square, tour the cathedrals and take an open air city bus tour. Dine in nice restaurants and enjoy the local hospitality. Perhaps taste a pisco sour?

November 12: Transfer by private transport to la Malinche, an inactive volcano one hour from Puebla. This peak is at 15,000 and will stretch your lungs in preparation for Orizaba a couple of days hence. This is an all day event. We will return to our hotel for a well-earned meal and rest.

November 13: Rest day. Schedule a side trip to see museums or get out into the country. Horseback riding? Mountain biking? The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

November 14. Early breakfast at our hotel. We depart for Tlachichuca in a private transport and meet our hosts, the Concholas. They provide dinner and we take a look at gear if you are renting.

November 15. We enjoy breakfast at the Concholas compound and load our gear for the adventurous drive up to the Piedra Grande Hut at 14,400 feet. We will stow our gear and go for a couple of hour climb toward the glacier. This will give us additional acclimatization that will come in handy later that night. We will lay down very early in anticipation of our alpine start at midnite. You won't sleep much, that's normal. We suit up into respective rope teams and walk by light of the moon toward Citlatepetl, Mexico's highest point.

November 16:  If the weather is good and your fitness in line, we will summit early in the morning. This is a long days so remember to be careful on your descent. We will be roped together for safety. No exceptions. You will feel the altitude of 18,400 feet but the view will make the struggle worthwhile. Expect to have at least 14 hours of ascent and descent on this climb. We return to the hut for a few hours before we are collected in our four wheel drive and returned to Tlachichuca. You will want to celebrate but also sleep. The summit reward is indescribable.

November 17: We return to Mexico City for departure flights or an extra night in this huge metropolis. (extra night in the city is at your own cost but I can arrange it for you if necessary.)

So, are you interested in joining me? Are you fit and prepared? Email me and I would love to evaluate your potential. we always have a marvelous time and this will be my third ascent of this peak.  No question is too trivial. johnquillen@comcast.net

Yours truly on the summit, 2016

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