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Popocatapetl pops!

Postby cheeseburglar » Thu Jul 04, 2013 10:57 pm

Fire danger prevented fireworks where I live, but I guess Mexico has some!
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Re: Popocatapetl pops!

Postby TakeMeToYourSummit » Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:44 am

Holy HEY-suuuuus that mountain is very much alive!
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Re: Popocatapetl pops!

Postby jrs1965 » Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:36 am

Yeah, I was in Mexico City for work in June and we got rocked with a pretty good 5.9 earthquake. I'm no geologist, but it's obvious that Popo blows right after the big quakes.

I wonder if Izta can be climbed during Popo's eruption cycles?

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Re: Popocatapetl pops!

Postby nyker » Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:10 pm

Pretty cool. This will definitely give anyone climbing Izta, a bit more excitement (assuming they are allowing permits while the eruption is happening...)

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Re: Popocatapetl pops!

Postby MountainHiker » Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:53 pm

This is interesting. Even during "normal" times you can smell the sulfur from Popo while on Ixta.

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Re: Popocatapetl pops!

Postby SteveBonowski » Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:24 am

Good pictures! I remember sitting on Ixta very early in the AM in late 1996. Nothing was coming out of Popo at the time, but ash started spewing in a couple hours. I took pictures of both; not sure where they're at now. I was planning to run them in the CMC high altitude newsletter with a caption "volcano on day shift." But never did.

There was a layer of ash in the motel parking lot down in Amecameca and ash on most of the route on Ixta. I cleaned my boots really good when I got home, but still had ash seeping out from tiny cracks for a year.

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Re: Popocatapetl pops!

Postby nyker » Tue Jul 09, 2013 3:47 pm

In that 1994 photo, is that an observatory on one of the subpeaks of Izta?? I was there in Jan and don't recall seeing it... See photo below from Jan 1, 2013. Note also Popo is smoking a bit on this day also...
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Re: Popocatapetl pops!

Postby Scott P » Tue Jul 09, 2013 3:54 pm

In that 1994 photo, is that an observatory on one of the subpeaks of Izta??


I think it was a hut for climbers to sleep in.
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Re: Popocatapetl pops!

Postby MountainHiker » Tue Jul 09, 2013 4:09 pm

Scott P wrote:
In that 1994 photo, is that an observatory on one of the subpeaks of Izta??


I think it was a hut for climbers to sleep in.

Yes, it was the Luis Mendez hut at the knees. Definitely not an observatory.
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Re: Popocatapetl pops!

Postby nyker » Fri Jul 12, 2013 10:24 am

Inrteresting. When I eventually go back for Orizaba, maybe I'll do Izta again, it was a cool area.

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