Mexico Mountaineering 2010 Part 1 - Mexico City and Teotihuacan

El Pico de Orizaba has been on my list pretty much since I started climbing. After hearing about it from my friends Mary and Gage, I figured I had to check it out myself. This was a great trip and even if I did get a chance to summit, I would still probably come back; but more on that later!

Note that this trip is basically broken into 4 parts, Mexico City and Teotihuacan, La Malinche, Iztaccihuatl, and Orizaba. I've done my best to break out each into it's own separate peice where applicable, but in my opinion, this itinerary was paerfect and doing this as 1 trip is truly ideal.

Mexico City Pages

Since Orizaba was the last stop on the Mexico train, click one of the links below to see the other parts of the trip.


Mexico Mountaineering 2010 Part 2 - La Malinche

Mexico Mountaineering 2010 Part 3 - Iztaccihuatl

Mexico Mountaineering 2010 Part 4 - Orizaba


About the Guide - Quest

I first visited Quest when I was a Junior in College. I went with our Student Government as part of the training and team building weekend. Once I got on the high ropes course, I was hooked. I was so intersted I started talking to the guides and found out that they offered extended trips open to non students. If you are interested in beginning in outdoor sports, I would recomend them as good way to get your first exposure.

QUEST is an outdoor adventure and recreation program at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania serving students and the general public. Quest offers outdoor and educational courses, mostly at the beginner and intermediate level, in Pennsylvania, the United States, Africa, South and Central America and Europe. People of all ages and backgrounds participate. Many courses are in response to organizations who ask them to design special outdoor experiences for them. Brought to prominence by Roy Smith, the man responsible for bringing Outward Bound to higher education in the late 60’s, and now led by his long time associate Brett Simpson, Quest is a great way to get introduced to outdoor sports.

To find out more information about quest, go to or just give Brett a call.

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."    — Robert A. Heinlein

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