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Mountain Madness Climber

Debut Mexico Multi-Sport Adventure!

On Novem­ber 9, Moun­tain Mad­ness launched it’s first Mex­i­co Mul­ti-Sport Adven­ture with Hec­tor Ponce De Leon, one of Mex­i­co’s most famous moun­taineers, as lead guide for the trip. The first half of the trip would begin with attemps on on the vol­ca­noes of Iztac­ci­hu­atl (17,154 feet / 5239 meters) and the Oriz­a­ba (18,404 feet / 5612 meters). After the climbs, the group would head east to the town Jaca­mul­co to take part in a vari­ety of excit­ing activ­i­ties, includ­ing white water raft­ing, rap­pel­ing, rock­climb­ing, and canyonneering. 

The group hap­pi­ly enjoy­ing their first beer since before their Oriz­a­ba sum­mit climb. Jaime Pol­litte photo

I was able to meet up with the group after their suc­cess­ful sum­mit of Oriz­a­ba at the his­toric Hacien­da San­ta Bar­bara out­side of Hua­mant­la to con­tin­ue their jour­ney to the recre­ation­al par­adise of Jacamulco. 

His­toric grounds of the Hacien­da San­ta Bar­bara with Mal­inche in the back­ground. Jaime Pol­litte photo

The group praised the food at the Hacien­da San­ta Bar­bara, describ­ing it as ” plen­ti­ful” and as some of the most authen­tic Mex­i­can” they had. Mar­i­ana Valazquez Bre­ton has been restor­ing this his­toric Hacien­da, built in the 1700s, which has been in her fam­i­ly for 35 years. This was the per­fect respite after a long sum­mit day!

Deli­cious meals come from this kitchen. Jaime Pol­litte photo

After pack­ing up, the group loaded in the vans and head­ed to Jaca­mul­co. They were amazed to arrive at the trop­i­cal par­adise of the Aldea Rodav­en­to Lodge after being in high winds and cold temps high on Oriz­a­ba. The rest of the day was spent relax­ing and catch­ing up on some well need­ed rest.

The cab­ins at Aldea Rodav­en­to. Jaime Pol­litte photo