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Mexico Trip: Iztaccihuatl volcano and Mx Meetup

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Ok guys this is a little bit of the adventure we had in Mexico Andrew, Carlos and myself.... 

We arrived to Mexico City on Tuesday afternoon and then we went to the our cabins located at the town of Amecameca, in Mexico State, about 1.5 hours drive from Mexico City.  

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After checking-in in our cabins we went to a nearby forest to look for Fireflies and we were surprised with a lot of them in their mating ritual in the dark.

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For dinner, we had delicious Chiles en Nogada, right know is pomegranate season in Mexico and restaurants use it to prepare this great Mexican dish.

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Thursday we had a Cecina (meat) breakfast before a 11K / 2.5 hrs hike around Paso de Cortés (3,600m) to get some acclimatization before the real thing (Iztaccihuatl volcano, third highest peak in Mexico, 5,286m). In this hike we went through Apatlaco park where we admired a fall and some creeks

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After the hike we went to see some places around Amecameca and finished the day with a dinner and a hail storm.

Friday we continued with sightseeing Amecameca, got some supplies and we head to Iztaccihuatl volcano base to set up our camp to spend the night there to start hiking Saturday 6.00 am. Saturday night we had a very heavy rain and thunders for the most part of the night so we got poor sleep. Of course this rain covered of snow the Iztaccihuatl the day after.

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@ 4:00 am we woke up to break camp and pack up. 6:00 am we started our hike to Iztaccihuatl.

After about 6 hours hiking, Carlos and I made it to the “Los Cien” retreat @ 4,780m and decided to head back to base while Andrew continued the hike to the summit (5,286m). For Carlos and I the Iztaccihuatl was our first mountain (in this case, volcano) so 4,780m wasn´t that bad. For Andrew, having done Nepal before, Iztaccihuatl wasn´t a big deal lol…

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Next day, Sunday evening, we meet Leland, who flew from Tijuana to México City to meet Andrew, and Fernando @fdo.smo, from México City. They shared their own motivations to get into day trading, some reports from the field and had a great time.

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nice trip report Abiel, curious how much of a work out that was...is the elevation gain for the peak 1,600m (base @3600, peak @5200m)? How much time did you and Andrew spend hiking on the peak hike day?

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BTW, if you guys ever make it to SoCal Southern Sierra's, e.g. for an LA BBT meetup, there's a lot of good peak climbing in the area....e.g. San Gorgonio in the San Bernardino mountains east of LA is ~3600m. A popular hike in from Vivian Creek has an 1800m elevation gain and is about 17mi roundtrip. That can be done in a day hike or ON with camping gear and with some or no acclimation depending on how folks can handle the elevation change.

Here's a guide to SoCal mountain hikes for those who like to bag peaks..:)

https://socalhiker.net/hiking-san-gorgonio-via-vivian-creek/

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Wow, huge congratulations on the hike! And Carlos...nice shades lol

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