This October, I had the opportunity to adventure down to Mexico to climb the third highest peak in North America – Pico De Orizaba.
Over the following week we would travel from Austin, Texas (489 ft.) to Pico’s summit at 18,491 ft.
This would be my first time mountaineering. Being the product junkie I am, it was fun to grow my gear locker for the new experience! We had to prepare for 13-hour hikes, drastic elevation change and a glacier that awaited us 2,000 ft from the summit.
It would prove to be the adventure of a lifetime. However, the elevation change halted my excursion and was too much for my body to handle – I became a victim to altitude sickness at 16,000 ft. Of course, I was disappointed in myself…
but I had pushed my body further than I ever had before and I truly felt at peace with my decision not to continue. I knew that by continuing on I would not only jeopardize my safety, but also the others that I was with.
New goals have been set and another trip down to Pico De Orizaba is already in the plans.
We had a few outdoor brands such as Kammok, Hydro Flask, and Kelty offer sponsorship for our trip and the gear they provided proved to be crucial to our time spent on the trail. Huge thanks goes out to them!
Check out this visual diary from the trip, with photos by Joshua Garza, Travis Perkins (who works at Kammok!) and Luke Webster: