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Mexican Volcanoes...drug war danger

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Re: Mexican Volcanoes...drug war danger

Postby Snowclimber » Thu Apr 05, 2012 11:37 pm

View into summit crater:

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My gear on Popo summit:

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Shall I continue?

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Re: Mexican Volcanoes...drug war danger

Postby Matt Lemke » Thu Apr 05, 2012 11:38 pm

When I was there is was exploding and smoking the entire time lol
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Re: Mexican Volcanoes...drug war danger

Postby Snowclimber » Thu Apr 05, 2012 11:42 pm

Yeah, I didn't stay up there long since it was rather sulphurous. I wouldn't recommend tons of people start showing up there illegally, as I was investigated via a jeep party (who didn't leave their vehicle proximity to bother hiking uphill and finding me) and I could see a potentially seriously consequential crackdown if it became even slightly more common to do it, but I have to admit it was exhilarating. Folks can PM me if they have specific questions about doing Popo, but I can only recommend the most cautious of routes and methodologies.

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Re: Mexican Volcanoes...drug war danger

Postby Snowclimber » Thu Apr 05, 2012 11:44 pm

Matt Lemke wrote:When I was there is was exploding and smoking the entire time lol


Yeah, it was even smoking a lot when I was going up. But by the time I had topped the glacier, there was a calm spell. A big plume erupted once when I was near the top, so I just ran downhill a little to wait it out while the prevailing wind carried it towards Puebla.

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Re: Mexican Volcanoes...drug war danger

Postby Scott P » Fri Apr 06, 2012 8:23 am

Maybe off topic, but dang,the glaciers on Izta are completely gone, at least on the south side?

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My photo from 1992 (those are glaciers rather than seasonal snow):

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Popo in 1992 (pre-eruption):

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Re: Mexican Volcanoes...drug war danger

Postby mtnjim » Fri Apr 06, 2012 10:11 am

Great photos, Scott and Snowclimber.

Snowclimber, I'll pm you a bit later.

I'll be heading down again next week for a 26k race on Toluca the 15th. Doesn't seem to go to the summit quite as the description has the altitude of the turnaround at 4250m.

I'll probably stick around and go to the true summit on Sunday, maybe do some additional acclimatizing in the area before probably heading over to Izta. When I was on Izta in Dec, I only went to the Knees (I think; it was where the ruins of the hut known as the Igloo were) but will probably summit a time or so while I'm in the area. I only went that high last time because I was doing a little acclimatizing for a race to 15200 up the other side that week-end and didn't want to tire myself out.

And then go over to Tlachichuca and see about Orizaba. I know the weather can be a little iffy this time of year so I'll just have to see when I'm there.

Just doing some training for Elbrus early May....if I get my Russia visa problems worked out. 8-[

If anyone has any experience with the area the last two weeks of April, any info is appreciated.

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