And they say the climbing sucks in Hawaii. Decided to top rope the chimney to practice climbing this imposing spire of rock. Got socked in quick so we booked it, but for a while it was quite an exciting adventure.
Photo courtesy of Mitsy.
Teotihuacan is a vast Mexican archaeological complex northeast of Mexico City. Running down the middle of the site, which was once a flourishing pre-Columbian city, is the Avenue of the Dead. It links the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, the Pyramid of the Moon and the Pyramid of the Sun, the latter two with panoramic views from their summits. The city is thought to have been established around 100 BC. [WIKI]
We wasted no time in getting back to Mexico City, and didn’t sleep until our heads hit the pillow of an Air B&B in the city, 6 hours trek or so from our Orizaba. We spent a day spent drinking lattes and beer, walking the beautiful city listening to the echo of Harmonipan players on the street, and seeing the creepy and ornate Catholic castles.
Super safe looking.
At the wee hour of 11:30PM, we wake up to climb the mountain for the sunrise. We link up with a Peruvian and get to it. Some easy climbing until the altitude takes its toll beyond 16,000 feet, after frequent breaks I am successful and see one of the most epic sunrises of my life complete with the setting moon near the top of the peaks shadow.
Feeling like shit on the summit, but very happy at 18,491 feet above sea level. Photo courtesy of Jake
Gear laid out for the trip, more stuff because it’s higher and colder. Excited to use a few new pieces of equipment.
We stayed at the Joaquin Canchola Hostel, found at SummitOrizaba.com, they served us some great home style Mexican dinners.
Jake bivvies for the night on the hill. We barely get a wink of sleep.
The sun just poke up from the horizon, we parked near Dillingham Airfield.
Saw some amazing stunts by these daredevils, unfortunately one of them was whisked away on a helicopter because of an accident. He’ll live thankfully, just some broken bones and scrapes. Check out this hi-five below! Amazing!!