Advenculture http://advenculture.com Adventure…with a touch of Culture… Thu, 11 Oct 2018 00:04:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.24 Expedition to the Nevado de Colima http://advenculture.com/expedition-to-the-nevado-de-colima/ http://advenculture.com/expedition-to-the-nevado-de-colima/#comments Tue, 03 Apr 2018 20:22:46 +0000 http://advenculture.com/?p=1059 When: May 19 th & 20th , 2018 Meeting point: Guadalajara International Airport, Jalisco Cost: $7,000 mxn Don’t you feel the thrill to climb a mountain for the first time, to explore a place you have never been to? Variety is one of the basic human needs! If you have already climbed some or all […]

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When: May 19 th & 20th , 2018

Meeting point: Guadalajara International Airport, Jalisco

Cost: $7,000 mxn

Don’t you feel the thrill to climb a mountain for the first time, to explore a place you have never been to?

Variety is one of the basic human needs! If you have already climbed some or all of the main Mexican volcanoes, today we offer you the opportunity to get to know a new mountain and to reach its summit.

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The Nevado de Colima or Zapotépetl, 4,280m, is in the State of Jalisco, less than an hour from Ciudad Guzmán, and about two hours away from Guadalajara.

This mountain is also perfect to get started in alpinism; the terrain is easy, and its normal route can be done in less than six hours, with a vertical difference of 900 meters.

One attractive feature is the Volcán de Fuego or Tonaltépetl (3,600m), an active volcano that you can see from the summit of Zapotépetl . This “Fire Volcano” is active, and throws out occasionally impressive columns of smoke.

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About the turistic landmarks of the region, we will be close to Ciudad Guzmán, where the famous Mexican writer Juan José Arreola was born, and not far from Comala, Pueblo Mágico, in the neighbor State of Colima.

You can find further information and pictures here.

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The Normal Route of the Mont Blanc Huts http://advenculture.com/the-normal-route-of-the-mont-blanc-huts/ http://advenculture.com/the-normal-route-of-the-mont-blanc-huts/#comments Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:57:43 +0000 http://advenculture.com/?p=1024 The ideal ascent to Mont Blanc entails using the huts of Tête Rousse and Le Goûter. This plan allows us to split the effort in three days, to have a good degree of acclimatization, and to enjoy the wonderful landscapes of the Alps. Furthermore, you avoid having to carry heavy loads, because the huts offer […]

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The ideal ascent to Mont Blanc entails using the huts of Tête Rousse and Le Goûter. This plan allows us to split the effort in three days, to have a good degree of acclimatization, and to enjoy the wonderful landscapes of the Alps. Furthermore, you avoid having to carry heavy loads, because the huts offer anything you may need for food or hidration (they sell wine and beer, too!!!)

To get to Tête Rousse you have to take the Tramway du Mont Blanc, the oldest cogwheel train in the Alps. You can board it at Saint Gervais, or take it at the Bellevue station, in which case you will take a cable car from Les Houches.

The train stops at the Eagle’s Nest, the terminus, at 2,372 meters. You then walk on easy terrain to Tête Rousse, which stands at 3,200 meters. It will take you between two and three hours. It is an excellent hut, with a nice restaurant y comfortable beds.

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The second day begins with the traverse of the infamous Grand Coloir, also known as the “Bowling Alley” (guess what, we are the bowls!!!). This couloir is exposed to rock fall, and several accidents happen here every year. The earlier you cross it, the safer you will be.

We then climb up a beautiful wall to the Le Goûter hut, at about 4,000 meters. The technical sections are equipped with a thick cable, acting as a fixed rope. You should have your harness on, as well as a life line. We recommend wearing thin gloves, as the cable is torn in some places, and could easily cut you. Some times the use of crampons will be advisable, so carry them at hand.

After another night’s rest, we shall start the summit push at five am. We must still climb 800 vertical meters. The terrain is relatively simple, to the extent that some climbers do not wear helmets (we always wear it, safety is first, and also you will look more like a pro in the photos). The main risk is that you could fall in a crevasse or down the ridge, so we will rope up at all times.

The wisest is to reach the summit around nine, so we have ample time to descend to Chamonix that same day. The downclimb follows exactly the same path we have used to the summit. The last train leaves the Eagle’s Nest at six pm.

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In Chamonix you will love taking a shower and eating a warm dinner. Do not forget to celebrate with a Mont Blanc beer; it is a wonderful blonde!

The reality is that it is extremely difficult to find a spot in both huts when the good weather is announced. For this reason, in the next blogs we will tell you about alternative plans and routes. You can also contact us at:

pachi@advenculture.com

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City Tour Russia 2017 http://advenculture.com/city-tour-russia-2017/ http://advenculture.com/city-tour-russia-2017/#comments Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:28:43 +0000 http://advenculture.com/?p=1018 Our 2017 Russian Adventure These are some of the classical places we will visit in Moscow between September 7th and 10th: The Kremlin The word Kremlin has been often used to refer to the government of the Soviet Union, the same way Downing Street refers to the British government, or the White House to the […]

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Our 2017 Russian Adventure

These are some of the classical places we will visit in Moscow between September 7th and 10th:

The Kremlin
The word Kremlin has been often used to refer to the government of the Soviet Union, the same way Downing Street refers to the British government, or the White House to the USA.

San Basilio Cathedral
Probably Russia’s most famous church, and one that is recognized worldwide. It stands at the Red Square, almost facing the Kremlin.

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The Moscow Metro
Some of its station are authentic masterpieces; it is a a true underground museum, visited daily by millions of moscovites.

Gorki Park
Its real name is Park of the Culture and Free Time. It is located two kilometers away from the Red Square, and it is named after soviet writer Maxim Gorki.

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Facts About Russia http://advenculture.com/facts-about-russia/ http://advenculture.com/facts-about-russia/#comments Wed, 12 Apr 2017 19:57:18 +0000 http://advenculture.com/?p=959 In September 2017 we will have our third expedition to Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe. This trip affords us the opportunity to explore Russia, a country that remained a mystery even to most seasoned travellers.   Here’s some interesting facts about the Russian Federation:   Russia is the largest country in the world. […]

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In September 2017 we will have our third expedition to Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe. This trip affords us the opportunity to explore Russia, a country that remained a mystery even to most seasoned travellers.

 

Here’s some interesting facts about the Russian Federation:

 

Russia is the largest country in the world. Its more than 17 millions square kilometers cover a ninth of the planet’s land area, and is almost twice larger as the United States.

 

Did you know that Russia sold Alaska to the USA in 1867 for only 7.2 Million Dollars? !!!!!

 

The population of Russia is of 144.5 million people. Russian is the first language in Europe, and the eighth most spoken language in the planet.
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Moscow is the largest city in Europe, with almost 11 million people, and it named after the river that runs through it, the Moskva. It was founded around 1,147

 

The Moscow metro dates from the early 1930s. Some of the stations are decorated with artwork, making it a real underground museum, used by millions of people everyday.

 

Saint Petersburg, city of the Tzars, is home to the Hermitage, of the most prestigious museums in the world, visited by almost three million people every year.

 

Did you know that Saint Petersburg was the capital of the Russian Empire from 1712 till 1918?

 

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Russia has the world’s longest railway, the Trans-Siberian, which spans 5,700 miles, from Moscow to Vladivostok.

 

Did you know that beer was declared an alcoholic beverage in Russia only in 2012?

 

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Dates of our 2017 Russian adventure:

-Elbrus expedition                           August 30th-September 6th

-Moscow city tour                             7-10th September

-Saint Petersburg city tour             11-13 September

 

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Which volcano is harder to climb, Izta or Pico? http://advenculture.com/which-volcano-is-harder-to-climb-izta-or-pico/ http://advenculture.com/which-volcano-is-harder-to-climb-izta-or-pico/#comments Mon, 09 Jan 2017 18:50:52 +0000 http://advenculture.com/?p=943 Recently I guided an enthusiastic Brasilian customer to the summit of our most climbed five-thousanders, Iztaccíhuatl and Citlaltépetl, or Pico de Orizaba. The eternal debate amongst alpinists came up: which of the two is the hardest to climb?   Let’s start with some basic measurements; in both cases we will consider the normal route; the […]

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Recently I guided an enthusiastic Brasilian customer to the summit of our most climbed five-thousanders, Iztaccíhuatl and Citlaltépetl, or Pico de Orizaba. The eternal debate amongst alpinists came up: which of the two is the hardest to climb?

 

Let’s start with some basic measurements; in both cases we will consider the normal route; the Portillos, in the Iztaccíhuatl, and the North Face of the Pico de Orizaba.

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The Iztaccíhuatl stands at 5,220 meters, and is normally climbed from La Joyita, where the main parking area is, at approximately 3,970 meters. The elevation gain is, therefore, of 1,250 vertical meters. The estimated distance is of fourteen kilometers, seven up and seven down.

 

The Pico de Orizaba has an altitude of 5,636 meters; one typically starts from the Piedra Grande hut, at about 4,240 meters. The elevation gain is of 1,396 meters. The total distance is also of fourteen kilometers.

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Hence, one could state that Pico de Orizaba is objectively harder, as it has a bigger elevation gain, and it is also at higher altitude. In addition, the last 500 meters on the Jamapa Glacier are inevitably upwards; as Mr Joaquín Canchola puts it, “the Pico is like taking a beating!!!” (“El Pico es una madriza”). At the Iztaccíhuatl, one crosses the Ayoloco Glacier in a terrain that includes climbs, descents and a long horizontal section (the “Belly” of the glacier).

 

However, to assess the overall effort, there is another fundamental factor: which descent is the hardest? At the end of the day, every mountain must be descended, once you have reached the summit.

 

The answer is uncertain, but many like myself believe that Pico de Orizaba is easier to descend than Iztaccíhuatl. Why? Because going down, you lose altitude constantly, thru relatively simple terrain, while at Iztaccíhuatl you must make several parcial ascents, such as the Mound of Venus or The Knee, and you have to descend thru semi-technical terrain around the Cruz de Guadalajara (at 4,900 meters). In our particular case, going down the Pico was faster and less tiring that descending the White Woman.

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Having said that, there are other factors than prevent us from reaching a quorum. For example, the start of the Ruta de los Portillos is has much less inclination than the beginning of the Pico’s normal route, which enables you to save energy. The state of the terrain, which depends on the weather, is another factor that can make negotiating The Labyrinth very simple, or highly complicated.

 

And you, alpinist mate, what do you think? Which is harder, the Izta or the Pico?

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The Monarch butterflies arrive in Mexico!! http://advenculture.com/the-monarch-butterflies-arrive-in-mexico/ http://advenculture.com/the-monarch-butterflies-arrive-in-mexico/#comments Mon, 31 Oct 2016 17:08:45 +0000 http://advenculture.com/?p=904 AdvenCulture takes you to the Sanctuary of the Monarch butterflies at Sierra Chincua, considered a World Heritage site by UNESCO. During the month of September, the Monarchs start a fascinating migration from Canada, fleeing the winter and the scarcity of food. If they stayed, they would become extinct, since these butterflies have no internal temperature […]

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AdvenCulture takes you to the Sanctuary of the Monarch butterflies at Sierra Chincua, considered a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

During the month of September, the Monarchs start a fascinating migration from Canada, fleeing the winter and the scarcity of food. If they stayed, they would become extinct, since these butterflies have no internal temperature regulation. Time to migrate!!!

 

When?

At the beginning of November the first butterflies arrive in Mexico and gather at the sanctuaries in Michoacán and the State of Mexico. AdvenCulture will organize at least one visit a month in December, January, February and March.

 

Watching this natural wonder is one of the most beautiful things you can experience. A sense of serenity will embrace you while you observe this enormous family of tens of thousands of colorful butterflies fly.

 

The Monarch butterfly, or Danaus Plexippus, is one of the longest-living species of Lepidoptera. They can last up to nine months, while most other species live only 24 days.

 

How many are they?

Each of the Sanctuaries has several million members; some of them, even tens of millions!!!

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How do they travel?

Throughout the two-month trip, the Monarchs fly over three thousand kilometers, at a rate of 120 kilometers a day. They fly always in daylight, between nine in the morning to six in the afternoon. At night, they sleep in trees in groups of over 600 specimens.

 

In order to save energy, the Monarch take advantage of the air streams on the valleys, avoiding the hills. In this way, they only exert when the wind is weak, and they glide elegantly the rest of the time.

 

Where and how do the Monarchs hibernate?

They settle in large colonies in the oyamel forests, at an altitude over 2,700 meters, shielded from the wind, and in the vicinity of water sources. At night, or on cloudy and rainy days, they form clusters, to maintain the heat.

 

When in the morning their bodily temperature reaches 15 Centigrade, thousands of butterflies start flying in the neighboring areas. It is a wonderful show that will stay with you forever.

 

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Secrets for Elbrus http://advenculture.com/success-factor-in-climbing-a-five-thousander/ http://advenculture.com/success-factor-in-climbing-a-five-thousander/#comments Mon, 05 Sep 2016 16:45:27 +0000 http://advenculture.com/?p=856 Success factor in climbing a five-thousander Last August we led an expedition to Mount Elbrus, 5,642m, situated in the Caucasus, and considered Europe’s tallest peak. This mountain is only six meters taller than Pico de Orizaba, and is of similar degree of difficulty. Therefore, the tips offered in this blog apply to the Mexican volcanoes […]

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Success factor in climbing a five-thousander

Last August we led an expedition to Mount Elbrus, 5,642m, situated in the Caucasus, and considered Europe’s tallest peak.

This mountain is only six meters taller than Pico de Orizaba, and is of similar degree of difficulty. Therefore, the tips offered in this blog apply to the Mexican volcanoes above 5,000 meters.

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These were the factors that made our AdvenCulture-led climb successful:

 

-We devoted five full days to achieving the best acclimatization possible. We started with a simple trek to 3,000 meters, and gradually increased our altitude to 4,300, 4,700, etc.

 

-We took two full days of rest before the summit push. We make a point of going to bed early the previous night (we were lying down at 18h!).

 

-We checked the weather forecast closely, and chose a day with almost no wind and mild temperatures for our summit push (the lowest was -10 Centigrade).

 

-We drank and ate at every stop on the glacier. We made short pauses, so that we would not get too cold.

 

-During the descent, we took advantage of favorable terrain to slide down from 5,100 to 4,700 meters, thus saving considerable time and energy.

 

The result was great: all three German customers made it to the summit of Europe, and returned safely from our South Face climb.

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Wir haben es geschaft!!!

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Large international expeditions http://advenculture.com/large-international-expeditions/ http://advenculture.com/large-international-expeditions/#comments Mon, 18 Apr 2016 18:05:07 +0000 http://advenculture.com/?p=821 Reciently we had the opportunity to guide an expedition to the Citlaltépetl for a large group of charming French alpinists. Large international expeditions require careful preparation. These are some of the aspects we meticulously care about at AdvenCulture: -We make sure our customers have the necessary level of fitness and adequate equipment for the climb. […]

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Reciently we had the opportunity to guide an expedition to the Citlaltépetl for a large group of charming French alpinists.

Large international expeditions require careful preparation. These are some of the aspects we meticulously care about at AdvenCulture:

-We make sure our customers have the necessary level of fitness and adequate equipment for the climb.

 

-We inform our clients well in advance of the itinerary, the proposed menu and the weather forecast.

 

-We lead a acclimatisation trek, with the double goal of improving their response to altitude, and of assessing their physical condition, in order to group them in the best possible teams for summit day.

 

-We keep regular contact by radio between the teams and the base camp, so that we can quickly react to any situation.

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-We employ guides with the necessary experience and linguistic skills; for instance, in this past expedition, all three guides were trilingual.

 

The result was excellent: six of our seven customers made the summit, after an exciting climb up the north face of the Pico de Orizaba.

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Nous sommes très fiers de nos clients français dans le Pico de Orizaba!

Nous sommes spécialisés en expeditions de haute montagne au Méxique avec des étrangers. Nos guides parlent neuf langues européennes.

 

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Climb with the Survivor http://advenculture.com/climb-with-the-survivor/ http://advenculture.com/climb-with-the-survivor/#comments Fri, 18 Mar 2016 17:19:40 +0000 http://advenculture.com/?p=791 Alive México 2016   Do you want to learn how to get the best out of yourself to overcome the challenges of life? Wouldn’t you love to learn the secrets of the most famous survival story of the twentieth century?   AdvenCulture will offer on May 14th & 15th 2016 one of the most exciting […]

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Alive México 2016

 

Do you want to learn how to get the best out of yourself to overcome the challenges of life? Wouldn’t you love to learn the secrets of the most famous survival story of the twentieth century?

 

AdvenCulture will offer on May 14th & 15th 2016 one of the most exciting leadership & adventure programs of the Americas: “Climb with the Survivor”.

 

At AdvenCulture we believe that the mountain is a great master, and hence our programs take place in the nature. This particular experience will be held at the beautiful La Malinche (4,440m) volcano, situated in the State of Tlaxcala, less than three hours away from Mexico City.

 

In this amazing adventure we will have the privilege to liase with Eduardo Strauch Urioste, author of the book “From the Silence”, speaker at Great Place to Work, and talented  architect & artist.

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The program starts with a moving conference about the 1972 odyssey endured by a young amateur rugby team from Uruguay, known worldwide as “Alive”.

 

On the second day, participants have the opportunity to accompany our speaker on his way to the summit of La Malinche. You will be inspired by his unique experience.

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If you want to be part of this adventure, book now!!!

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Latin America Great Place to Work http://advenculture.com/latin-america-great-place-to-work/ http://advenculture.com/latin-america-great-place-to-work/#comments Tue, 15 Mar 2016 18:54:04 +0000 http://advenculture.com/?p=776 AdvenCulture will be present at the 2016 Latin American Summit of Great Place to Work, which will take place between the 18th and the 20th of May at the Fairmont Mayakoba, in the Riviera Maya. Pachi Navajas, Director of AdvenCulture, y creator of the “Leadership & Mountain” program, will interview Eduardo Strauch, survivor of the […]

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AdvenCulture will be present at the 2016 Latin American Summit of Great Place to Work, which will take place between the 18th and the 20th of May at the Fairmont Mayakoba, in the Riviera Maya.

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Pachi Navajas, Director of AdvenCulture, y creator of the “Leadership & Mountain” program, will interview Eduardo Strauch, survivor of the 1972 Andes crash. The main goal is to learn from an experience that represents an extraordinary example of leadership and team work, which enabled several people to survive in desperate conditions.

The Exit conference by Eduardo Strauch is an account of the orator’s experiences during 72 days on a remote glacier at the Andes, within the world famous “Alive” story.

From this story Eduardo’s book “From the Silence” was born. It was first published in Europe and in South America in 2012, following the fourtieth anniversary of the rescue.

“Alive” is still today, 44 years later, the most famous survival story of the 20th century, and a great source of inspiration for activities of leadership, team work, personal growth, crisis & risk management, creativity, etc.

This conference will have the format of an interview, in which Pachi Navajas, Director de AdvenCulture, and the attendees, will ask Eduardo questions regarding the managerial and coaching aspects of this odyssey.

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