Climbing Iztaccíhuatl for a Good Cause

My fellow ex-pat blogger and savior of turtles Gary Denness is going to climb Iztaccíhuatl to raise money for Wildcoast, a charity that works to protect sea creatures, including turtles.

Gary has put up a blog on which he will chronicle his fundraising efforts and his adventure, see it here: Climbing Iztaccíhuatl.

Iztaccíhuatl means “white woman” in Nahuatl and it is Mexico’s 3rd tallest mountain after Pico de Orizaba and Popocatépetl. Iztaccíhuatl is 5,230 meters (over 17,000 feet) high. For some perspective, the Peruvian town of La Rinconada, at close to 5,100 meters, is currently the highest permanent habitation in the world. When you reach 5,000 meters there is only half as much oxygen in the air as there is at sea level and proper adjustment to the altitude becomes very important.

Gary’s undertaking is very ambitious and I wish him good altitude acclimatization and lots of big donations! You can support Gary’s efforts by linking to his climbing blog.

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2 Responses to “Climbing Iztaccíhuatl for a Good Cause”

  1. Gary Denness
    July 21st, 2008 10:38


  2. Lisa
    July 28th, 2008 02:18

    I admire anyone who purposely takes on such a physical challenge. I say this because after years of being obesely overweight, I’ve taken up a bit of exercise and so far I really enjoy walking two miles once or twice a week.

    In the past I haven’t been so dedicated, but always ‘wished’ I could. (Kudos to you too Rivergirl for running despite the weather)

    I’ll have to check out Gary and read up on the cause. My dad died of multiple myeloma cancer and for the past eleven years I’ve wanted to participate in a walk for cancer.

    A goal for next year … maybe? Regardless, good luck Gary 🙂


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