Welcome to the sixth highest peak in Mexico, La Malinche Volcano at 14,636ft!
Leaving Mexico City we travelled east to the small state of Tlaxcala. To get to Tlaxcala from Mexico City we took a bus from the Terminal de Autobuses Norte in Mexico City.
Now, here is where it can get a little confusing. Getting to the trailhead for La Malinche at the Centro Vacacional (most popular route) is done by either launching from various towns such as Puebla, Apizaco, or Huamantla and having to take multiple buses or colectivos. This is all time consuming.
Tlaxcala is a great little city with things to do so we decided to base there and just hire a taxi to take us to Centro Vacacional and pick us up late in the afternoon. About an hour ride there and back. This eliminated the first problem of getting to the trailhead as early as possible.
The hike was fantastic, starting around 10,000ft from Centro Vacacional we followed the road up until we hit the trail, which is unmistakable. Once on the trail, we had an elevation gain of a little more than 4,500ft to summit.
A special note, once you exit tree line head right to the ridge to avoid the deep sand. Trying to hike up the sand will only result in misery. Use this route for your exit. Coming down the sand is super fast. It took us five hours to summit and just under three hours to make it back down.
Nothing technical about La Malinche, have to be careful about the altitude though. Trekking poles would have been nice. We did this at the end of January (dry season) on a Friday and had it pretty much to ourselves. Weekends (supposedly) are busier.
Want to mention the volcano dogs, we had half dozen or so with us at various points up and down. All the dogs were friendly but it should be said to keep a serious eye out for dogs that are possibly rapid.
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When in Rome, right..or in this case..Mexico. We try the drink the Aztecs built temples for, Pulque. Made by fermenting the sap of the Maguey plant, a species of Agave. This drink has been consumed for over a thousand years so we found it fitting to put down a liter of it ourselves.
Truth be told, it wasn't bad since ours had some flavoring added but it did get a little challenging towards the end. Thanks for watching and don't forget to subscribe!
Built on the top of a cliff above the town of Tepoztlan is the Aztec pyramid, Tepozteco. Apparently the pyramid is to honor the God of Pulque or drunkenness. Sounded good to us. So we happened into town during a the Mexican Holiday, Constitution Day...it felt like half of Mexico City had descended into the small town.
The day we made our way to the top was a little quieter but still pretty busy for the climb up. Mid week would be a perfect time to hit the pyramid, weekends are pretty intense unless you're looking for a party.. then by all means!
We figured a climb of close to 1500ft to the pyramid, maybe that estimate works for the other climb which took us above the pyramid. Either way, the walk up was fairly mild until we took the second trail and then it got wild when we hit the 'Wedge'.
To get above the pyramid you take a secondary trail that breaks off the main path and it is surely less travelled. Following this secondary trail up and to the obvious top it will lead you to a crack in the cliff and this little gem is your route up and down and we thoughtfully dubbed it the 'Wedge'. It is probably 50ft of almost vertical wedge up using some rope in the beginning then relying on tree roots to help after that, this part is no joke and should be taken seriously.
Well worth the visit and hike to the top, the views were awesome and the history rich. It's also a good idea to spend a couple days in the town of Tepoztlan, great little town to get your Pulque on in!
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Just outside of Mexico City is the ancient city of Teotihuacan, predating the Aztecs, this complex consists of many ruins and a few pyramids. One of the pyramids, Pyramid of the Sun, happens to be one of the largest in the world. The area deserves contemplation not only for the immensity of the site but also for the mystery of the people that built it.
Views from the tops of both Pyramids, The Sun and The Moon, are fantastic and strolling down the Avenue of the Dead leaves one wondering....
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Back in the foothills of South Carolina, I bag a cool little trail that ends with a fantastic viewpoint of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The trail and 'peak' are called Tamasee Knob and it's totally worth the short upwards grind. A little over 4 miles roundtrip, this makes a great way to spend a couple hours. If you are in the area, Oconee State Park has a lot to offer. Thanks for watching and don't forget to subscribe!
In the Northwest part of South Carolina are the Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, incredibly beautiful area and full of waterfalls. I chose to hike and have a look at Yellow Branch Falls, four miles round trip...a pretty easy hike. Located just outside of the town of Walhalla in the Sumter National Forest. I was not disappointed. Thanks for watching and don't forget to subscribe!
Update: I realized I recorded in 4:3 format instead of 16:9 so this is the reason for the black bars.
Bear with me folks, I'm using all new software and new camera to create videos and this video was my first one so it may be a little glitchy. I'll get the kinks worked out as I continue along.
So, this content is a two day fishing trip down in Charleston, South Carolina during the first week of January and during some unusually warm weather and water temperature. We were targeting one of my favorite in shore game fish, the Redfish or Spottail Bass.
First day we were out during a front and conditions weren't not that great but the second day turned out to be fantastic.
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How to spend the first day of 2019? In a canyon, of course. Had a fun ride in Boltergeist canyon with a sweet 30ft downclimb instead of rappelling and an alternate final 100ft rappel. Temp never got above freezing. Happy New Year!
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Rising 3,514ft from the Nevada desert floor is this peak known as Little Virgin Peak. Located just inside Gold Butte National Monument, LVP makes for a great half day hike and has multiple routes of ascent. If you're in the area, this peak shouldn't be missed..the views from the top are fantastic! Thanks for watching and don't forget to subscribe!
At 4400ft, Tabeau Peak has an impressive rise from the desert floor and turns out that there is more to this ascent than I originally thought. Using a trip report that was published four years ago as beta, I attempt to summit Tabeau Peak. First attempt is a no go. I have to call it do to safety and not having enough rope to help in a descent.
I could find no other trip reports regarding this peak so I don't think it gets much traffic. The peak kind of stands alone on the western edge of the Beaver Dam Mountains on the Utah/Nevada border.
I will be returning for a second attempt with the proper gear and hopefully will attain a summit. Stay safe out there and thanks for watching! Don't forget to subscribe!
At 6,529ft, Jarvis Peak doesn't seem like very much...wrong! I added up the contour lines on the topo map from where we parked and started the hike up to the summit, 1900ft of elevation gain. There was also the 'Spine' to deal with, you'll know it when you see it..that was Class 3 with maybe even a touch of Class 4. Good times!
After doing a bit of scouting from the North and from the West, I chose this route coming up from the East and it seemed to be a fairly direct route with a few obstacles here and there, very steep.
Jarvis Peak turned out to be a pretty good grind! Thanks for watching and don't forget to subscribe!
At 7,680ft, West Mountain Peak is the highest point in the Beaver Dam Mountains which are located right on the Utah/Nevada border.
Getting to this peak had my interest after the grinding hike we did to summit 'Hot Dog Peak' and we were able to view West MT Peak across from where we stood.
Did a little research and decided to try the road approach, which has been mentioned a few times as being an absolutely trashed high clearance 4WD route that could be considered a bit hair raising.
I didn't find the road to be too terrible, I did park and hike the remaining mile and half to summit via the snow covered road. The final switchbacks of the road are very steep, somewhat exposed and I didn't feel it necessary to attempt especially since the road was covered in ice and snow. With the right vehicle, clearance, and tires...shouldn't be a problem. Oh, make sure your brakes are good!
It doesn't get any easier to get on top of a mountain peak and the views from the top (minus the towers) were fantastic! Thanks for watching and don't forget to subscribe!
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This video takes place over a two day period of canyoneering out in the Stateline Hills of Nevada.
Two day trip to Stateline Hills, Nevada to tackle Antenna Canyon. First attempt on Day 1, we took wrong drainage and ended up in Ladder of Doom Canyon after a very long stretch of down climbs and bush hogging. Not a total loss.
We got the correct drainage on Day 2 and had a hoot navigating Antenna Canyon with the 170ft exit rappel being the icing. Bitter cold desert camping as weather blew out the day we arrived with long nights but we embraced that suck. Antenna Canyon absolutely worth it!
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WARNING: Travel at your own risk, You are responsible for your safety. This video is for entertainment only and should not be used as any type of instruction or training.
Cant get enough of this area, this time we hit Gold Butte Peak and endure a wintery night followed by a brief exploration of the beautiful sandstone sculptures of Little Finland the following day.
Ascending Gold Butte Peak, we choose a more direct path and head straight up the North face encountering a very steep climb that has class 2 & 3 terrain. We end up calling it the 'Low Dog' route since we have to scout and adjust our path so the hound can keep up.
The night brings freezing rain and heavy wind gusts, so much for a mild desert night.
The next day brings more travel on wash boardy dirt roads that eventually land us at 'Little Finland' and wow, do we enjoy this little gem of sandstone delight.
More to come from this area, stay tuned and thanks for watching! Stay safe out there and don't forget to subscribe! Support for the channel is greatly appreciated!
Does straddling a foot wide ridge with 500ft drops on either side bother you, if it does then this might not be for you...or me for that matter.
The Knife's Edge, wow..sounds awesome so I decided to take a nice hike up and have a look. Wrong. What I actually got was a grind of over 3000ft of very steep elevation gain, countless exposed portions, plenty of route finding, lots of class 2 & 3 scrambling, a dash of actual climbing, a hair raising spidey crawl over the ridge known as 'Knifes Edge', and a retreat descent trying to beat the darkness.
Yes, good clean fun on the ascent/descent of Moapa Peak at 6,471ft and located in the Mormon Mountains of southern Nevada. I'll use the word 'trailhead' for lack of something better since there was no trail but a faint route marked by cairns, of which I added a few myself. Getting to the trailhead you will need a high clearance vehicle, I did not have to engage 4WD but I did spin a little and the 8 mile dirt road is washed out in multiple spots and there are portions of thick sand.
I'll also note that phone service was consistent except for the part of the canyon that winds you behind the first peak.
Some other notes on this route:
1) Start as early as possible, you'll want daylight and plenty of it for the descent from the Knife's Edge to downclimbing the final wall.
2) The cairns actually do a good job of keeping you on a consistent route but they do get sporadic at points and route finding skills are necessary.
3) You will have to climb and downclimb and there is considerable spots of exposure, especially if you attempt the Knife's Edge. Having some rope is marvelous idea.
4) No water to be found, bring a plenty!
Wont lie, Moapa Peak worked me and I cautiously approached the challenges that presented themselves. 'Knowing your limitations' is a good phrase to apply when attempting this route, especially when considering the 'Knife's Edge'. Thanks for watching, stay safe out there. Please subscribe, support for the channel is greatly appreciated!
I was able to get to the BLM office in St George and get a proper topo map for this part of the Beaver Dam mountains and after much research it is true that the peak we bagged did not 'officially' have a name. It should be noted that 'Hot Dog Peak' is not an official name either. The peak had to be called something though...
Just south of West Mountain Peak lies the peak we summited located in the Beaver Dam Mountains right on the Utah/Nevada border. Goes without saying that we got our adventure in. From our best guestimates this loop route is between 10 and 12 miles and most likely has an elevation gain of 4000ft AND it is all OFF TRAIL! Well, game trails count I guess.
We initially believed the peak in front of us on our beginning at campsite 31 was the summit but once we got up realized that there was a higher point...then realized there was an even higher point. At the time we did not have a proper topo map so we were unsure of what peak we were going after and for awhile thought it might be West Mountain Peak but WM Peak as we came to find out was highly recognizable since it is covered in towers and located just to the North.
On the descent we followed what turned out to be a nice little canyon with some fun downclimbs and slides and awful spots of almost impassable vegetation. There was a spring in the canyon with running water but there was no water on the ascent.
Lots of adventure on this route, bring pants! Thanks for watching and please subscribe, support for the channel is greatly appreciated! Stay safe out there!
Coming on the tail of Outer Glyph Route (Part 1) we return to Gold Butte National Monument to hash out a route exploring the abundance of mini slot canyons. Connecting these slots, we worked out a route heading south to the petroglyph site then exiting a drainage that heads east. Dare I use the term 'canyoneering'.
The route was awesome and consisted of boulder hopping, down climbs, rock crawling, and even a fifteen foot chimney section that was ascended. Rope was used to hoist packs but there were no rappels. More to come from the area! Thanks for watching and don't forget to subscribe! Support for the channel is greatly appreciated, stay safe out there!
This route does actually follow a trail if you stay higher up and further to the east but coming in closer to the rock gets you out of the soft sand and heading south gets you there regardless.
This area is a tad further West than the main petroglyph area which is why I decided to call it the Outer Glyph route and this video is Part 1 of 2 videos. The second video(Part 2) deals more in a canyoneering capacity.
You will need a high clearance 4WD vehicle to access this or you could park at the main petroglyph site and hoof it, really not too far.
I didn't spend much time on the 'trail proper' hiking out, here and there I got back on it. I mainly wanted to stay out of the soft sand. Returning I took a more choppy route entirely off trail to include some mild scrambling but nothing too intense. This is an awesome area to spend some time since it is warmer in the winter.
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Now this is a fun thru hike! Starting at the Hidden Pinon trail head in Snow Canyon State Park the trail winds through awesome red rock country. Nice maintained trails to begin with which turns into some good rugged walking as you enter Three Ponds and finally landing you in Padre Canyon. Guestimating the mileage at 5 miles or so with about a 500 to 600ft elevation gain to get to the Padre Canyon Saddle, this is a great blend of terrain to spend a morning or afternoon on.
Staging a vehicle makes this easier and a special note here, letting the gate attendant know at the Snow Canyon entrance that you have a vehicle to be used as a shuttle will get you a 'shuttle pass' so you don't have to pay for a second entrance fee.
Snow Canyon is also part of the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. Thanks for watching and please subscribe! Support for the channel is greatly appreciated!
Apologies, had a few spotty sections with the audio in the first half of this video but worked it out.
Fun little hike up to the saddle of Padre Canyon, this round trip hike only took a few hours but gave great views and also options to continue further or come back the way you came. Trail connections to continue into Snow Canyon to the East or vice versa or...try to get on top of Red Mountain to the West..or just a fun little morning or afternoon hike to the saddle and back to the parking at Tuacahn. Whatever the choice, awesome scenery abounds with many options to fill the day in this gem out in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve in southwestern Utah.
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After waiting for summer to pass and temps to drop, I decide to head back into the Hellhole looking for a route to the top. The route I chose does not fail in the adventure department. It should be noted that this route involved Class 3 and perhaps a touch of Class 4 hiking and I did create two rappels to descend.
The route did not take me to my desired destination but it did have a cool viewpoint and it answered a question I'd been thinking about since Part 2. Be safe out there folks! Thanks for watching and please subscribe!
I return to Hellhole for further exploration and intending to create rappels for my decent therefore making HellHole 'technical'. I successfully create two rappels (perhaps first decent of this canyon in that manner) before the rain chases me out. located in Ivins, Utah in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, HellHole is a somewhat trail that takes you back into a pocket at the base of Red Mountain. On my last trip I hit the end of the trail at an upclimb of about 20ft or so that could be descended by rappel. I had to come back and see how far I could continue up and how many rappels I could get in. I'll have to return since I was shut out by weather but this looks even more promising than I originally thought. Stay tuned, thanks for watching and don't forget to subscribe!
Had an opportunity to get back out into the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve for some more hiking, this time it was the Hellhole trail. Not much of a trail, you could wander the wash back. I missed a turn and mucked about in a finger canyon then realized my mistake on the way back. Turned back and got into Hellhole proper. Hope to return and get back farther to hopefully turn Hellhole into a semi technical decent, to be continued.
The hike wasn't hellish (well, maybe all the soft sand in the beginning) but quite pleasant and the area has a lot to offer. Perhaps opt for something else in the middle of summer. Spring, Fall, and Winter.....great place to spend a day. Thanks for watching and don't forget to subscribe!
This was a fun canyon to run, fast with a big drop at the end, right outside of St George, Utah. Took a little detour on the approach and had a look down a small canyon that may have never been descended...yet.
Getting back on track we encountered pools at every rappel, a wetsuit is a good idea for this one. The water was surprisingly cold.
Six rappels, the fifth one is around 110ft and the final rappel is 190ft...nice big drops to finish out the ride.
A fantastic canyoning adventure that can be had in 3 to 5 hours. You do have to stage a vehicle and this canyon is closed during the summer. A permit is required, heads up.
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This was a long time coming and what a hoot of a canyon, Echo Canyon is a true delight. Finally getting to do this canyon in mid October we were in for a somewhat chilly ride. The prior two weeks and seen some good rain storms so the canyon had plenty of water and we had no problem with the one problem pothole, which we didn't even notice. Four short rappels and a whole bunch of swimming through almost subterranean slot at times made an awesome canyoneering experience! Echo Canyon is up on the favorite list! Thanks for watching and don't forget to subscribe!