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High Altitude Climbing: Mexico Field Study

Join a team of students, teachers, physicians, and professional climbing guides as we climb to 18,491 ft summit of Pico de Orizaba, the highest mountain in Mexico and the third tallest mountain in North America. Learn the skills to harness, rope systems, crampons, and ice tools. Students will also learn how to take each other’s vital signs and analyze trends as we ascend the mountain and acclimate to high elevation. This is a highly physical course, so we encourage those enrolled to informally meet for exercise training. Interest in speaking Spanish and learning about human impacts on climate are also great reasons to consider this course. Students will also have the chance to explore the ancient city pyramids of Teotihuacan. We will stay at the Orizava climber’s hostel, a historic soap making factory, now a museum with the history of alpinism in Mexico.

Approximate cost: $2,400

Rigor: 3+

Lodging: Hostels, Cabins

Gear Needed: Hiking Boots

  • Physcial Education Credit
  • Trimester 2