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Seven Corners Adventure Team: Curt's Volcanic Climb of Mt. Ixta

Adventure Team | Jun 23, 2016

Curt's climb to the summit of Mount Ixta - Seven Corners Travel Insurance Adventure Team

What is the Seven Corners Adventure Team?

We are the adventure team - travel enthusiasts who aspire to experience the world in a unique way. We are travel junkies who seek unconventional adventures not ordinarily taken. We climb mountains and volcanoes, we wind surf the powerful Pacific waves, and we golf world renowned courses that leave you begging for more.

We are the Seven Corners Adventure Team, and these are our stories.

Curt's Story:

Climbing the dormant volcano Mt. Ixta in Mexico was one of my most memorable trips. The mountain is 17,340 feet high and provides a 2 days of beautiful climbing through hilly grasslands, gradually giving way to the steep and barren, but beautiful volcanic rock formations left over from eruptions hundreds of years ago. Eventually, the path leads to the remaining glacier and snow covered peaks beneath the summit.  

One of the reasons I loved this trip is because during the two day ascent of Ixta, a live volcano was in our view the entire time. It burped out huge plumes of dark gray smoke and ash about every 5 minutes. It was truly spectacular to be standing at the same altitude viewing this ancient natural phenomenon.Another reason was the opportunity to visit diverse local cities in Mexico. I started my journey in Mexico City (which has population of about 25 million people) and journeyed to the beautiful colonial city Puebla (Population 5 million) loaded with stunning Cathedrals and block after block of art galleries, excellent restaurants and street vendors. We ended our trip in the small rural town of Tlachichuca (Population 500).

What really made the trip was the people from Mexico I met along the way: great people with a true appreciation for family, everyday life and the piece of the world they live in. I would recommend this trip to anyone seeking to challenge themselves to a mountain summit or just to expand their cultural horizons. 5 stars.

Additional pictures from Curt's adventure:

First ascent through the grasslands
Ascent day 1 - grasslands.

Curt at high camp with the Popo volcano in the background
Popo volcano in the background.

Sunrise at the summit of Mt. Ixta (no filter)
Sunrise at the summit of Ixta.