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Climbing the Mexican Volcano Popocatepetl

Popo is a beautiful cone shaped volcano that is sometimes visible from the main plaza in Mexico City. It can't be climbed right now because it is erupting! You can see how Popo is doing today on the live webcam at
http://www.cenapred.unam.mx/mvolcan.html (click on Tamaño A).
The summit is 5452m (17,887ft), so for us flatlanders it is a pretty slow trek on crampons up to the summit. In the far background of this picture you can see Orizaba (Citlateptl) 5700m (18,700ft). In a week I was able to climb Popo, Orizaba and Iztaccihuatl 5286m (17,342ft).

Here is a web site about climbing the Mexican volcanos: http://www.mexconnect.com/mex_/volcan~1.html

Climbing in the Alps near Chamonix

I don't do much technical climbing any more since I discovered that I am not immortal.

Crevasse Escape

My German climbing partner, Ulrich Lantz, was playing around in a crevasse when I snapped this picture. Looks desperate!

1865 London Times:

Why is the best blood of England to waste itself
scaling hitherto inaccessible peaks, in straining
the eternal snows and reaching the unfathomable
abyss never to return? Is it life? Is it duty? Is it
common sense? Is it allowable? Is it not wrong?

My Recent Travels:

April 1995 Working in Zhukovsky, Russia

May-June 2000: Peru - Lima, Cusco, Manchu Picchu trek, Sacred Valley, Lake Titticaca, Island of Taquile, bus over Andes from Cusco to Ayacucho.

July 2000: Vancouver, BC for seminar and hiking in BC costal mountains.

February 2001: Florida for Space Shuttle launch at Cape Canaveral and scuba diving in Key Largo.

September 2001: California to climb Mt Whitney, the highest mountain the lower 48 states.

June 2002: Yukon Territory: canoed from Dawson to Whitehorse and then went gold prospecting in the Klondike

July 2002:California for seminar at UCLA and climb Mt Baldy

September-October 2002: worked in Okinawa for a month - lots of scuba diving

April 2003: UK: worked near Oxford
and traveled to work sites around the UK.

Winter 2003 - Jackson Hole, WY skiing

Nov/Dec 2003 - Tanzania, climbed Kilimanjaro, went on safar, and dived in Zanzibar.

October 2004 - treking in Ladakh, trek in Uttaranchal to the source of the Ganges, touring N India to Delhi, Agra, Udiapur, Veranisi, Mussoorie, etc

August 2005: Panama for birdwatcing, and visit friends near Volcan and Panama City.

February 2006 - skiing in Zermatt

August/September 2006: Ecuador to climb Cotopaxi Volcano, birdwatching, and visit Galapagos.

April 2007 - Wray, CO to see the mating dance of the prairie chicken

August 2008 - Hawaii to see live lava and the telescopes on Mona Kea.

January 2009 - Searched for the Ivory Billed Woodpecker in the swamps of Arkansas

May 2009 - Nafplion and the Mani in Greece

2010 - Birding Weekend in Costa Rica

2011 - Annapurna Trek in Nepal

2012 - Chasing the I'Iwi Bird Through the Alakai Swamp on Kawai

2013 - New Years Day Climb of Old Rag Mountain in Virginia

2014 - New Years Day Climb of Old Rag Mountain in Virginia

2015 - New Years Day Climb of Old Rag Mountain in Virginia

Trips I am Planning:

2015 Trip to Singapore for work and play

2015 Trip to Prudhoe Bay Alaska for work and play

20?? Volunteering for trip to Mars

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  • into-thin-air's Profile Photo
    Nov 15, 2014 at 2:34 AM

    Happy Birthday Dave – Hope you have a Great Day – Best Regards from Rob in Cumbria

  • leics's Profile Photo
    Nov 15, 2014 at 2:04 AM

    Happy birthday! :-)

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Nov 15, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    Happy Birthday Dave! Wish you a great day!

  • SONG's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    The desperate crevasse picuture certainly takes my breath away. And to think..........YOU were ovbiously there to take the photo. Amazing!

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    Sep 11, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    You are currently signed up to the VT DC Meet (VT Meeting). As we are 6 weeks away, we would ask you review your sign-up and remove your name if you are definitely no longer attending.

    If you are attending, there are a number of individual event meets, all of which are listed on "The Plan" - our TL which lists details and links to the meets so you can decide which one(s) you might like to join us for. If you are confirmed attending any of the individual events, can you please ensure that you have signed up for them so that we can have a clear indication of the numbers attending and/or whom to expect.

    If you have any questions/queries, feel free to drop a note to us and we'll see about getting an answer back to you as quickly as possible.

    We're looking forward to seeing you in Washington!
    Have fun planning!!

  • leics's Profile Photo
    Nov 17, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Happy belated birthday! :-)

  • toemayn's Profile Photo
    Nov 15, 2013 at 6:23 AM

    Hope your birthday is filled with all the fun you can handle!

  • Geisha_Girl's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Thanks for the birthday wishes Dave! Wow...can't wait to see your travelogue about Mars!! :-) Hope you are well and sinking your teeth in the next adventure.

  • into-thin-air's Profile Photo
    Dec 25, 2012 at 3:40 AM

    Hi Dave - Complements of the Season – Hope you are having a great time and all the best for 2013.
    Best Regards
    Rob in Cumbria

  • leics's Profile Photo
    Nov 15, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Happy birthday! :-)

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