Unicycling/Climbing in Mexico

Just got back last week from a great trip to Mexico. Kris Holm and I went
with two photographer/climbers and managed to climb two of the high
volcanoes there with our unicycles. The “training climb” was La Malinche,
14,600’, and the real goal was El Pico de Orizaba, ~18,500’. This is the
3rd highest peak in North America. Getting up these peaks carrying our
unicycles was tough, but what a great time riding on the summits and down!
We couldn’t ride the whole descents as some parts were very steep, rocky,
dangerous etc. For Orizaba, the alarm went off at midnight, and we climbed
from 12:45am to 5:15am making the summit in time for a mind-blowing
sunrise, with a layer of clouds miles below. The next day, we were riding
at sea level in the warm water near Veracruz. Of all the peaks I’ve
climbed, over 400, this was the best or second best.

In addition, we rode and shot in Mexico City & many other places. Kris
pulled off some amazing stunts, all captured on video. With two
professional photographers along, I didn’t get as many great still shots
as I would’ve liked, but I put some up at
http://www.movaris.com/nathan/photo.html hosted at zing.com - check 'em
out. Later this year, there will be a short movie (7-10 minutes) and an
article in Outside Magazine from this trip. The movie may even be
available by download - more on that later. I learned a lot about how
photographers get good shots - mainly by lots of hard work.

Combining mountaineering and mountain unicycling worked surprisingly well,
once we got used to the altitude. I look forward to more trips like this!

Does anyone know how I can contact the French guy who did a similar trip
to (I think) Cotopaxi in Ecuador? That one’s on my list too.

—Nathan

Oops, the URL is wrong. It’s really
http://www.movaris.com/nathan/photos.html

Sorry about that, Nathan

I wrote in message news:ter7qp5h1adk65@corp.supernews.com
> Just got back last week from a great trip to Mexico. Kris Holm and I
> went with two photographer/climbers and managed to climb two of the high
> volcanoes there with our unicycles. The “training climb” was La
> Malinche, 14,600’, and the real goal was El Pico de Orizaba, ~18,500’.
> This is the 3rd highest peak in North America. Getting up these peaks
> carrying our unicycles was tough, but what a great time riding on the
> summits and down! We couldn’t ride the whole descents as some parts were
> very steep, rocky, dangerous etc. For Orizaba, the alarm went off at
> midnight, and we climbed from 12:45am to 5:15am making the summit in
> time for a mind-blowing
sunrise,
> with a layer of clouds miles below. The next day, we were riding at sea
> level in the warm water near Veracruz. Of all the peaks I’ve climbed,
> over 400, this was the best or second best.
>
> In addition, we rode and shot in Mexico City & many other places. Kris
> pulled off some amazing stunts, all captured on video. With two
professional
> photographers along, I didn’t get as many great still shots as I
> would’ve liked, but I put some up at
> http://www.movaris.com/nathan/photo.html
hosted
> at zing.com - check 'em out. Later this year, there will be a short
> movie (7-10 minutes) and an article in Outside Magazine from this
> trip. The
movie
> may even be available by download - more on that later. I learned a lot
> about how photographers get good shots - mainly by lots of hard work.
>
> Combining mountaineering and mountain unicycling worked surprisingly
> well, once we got used to the altitude. I look forward to more trips
> like this!
>
> Does anyone know how I can contact the French guy who did a similar trip
to
> (I think) Cotopaxi in Ecuador? That one’s on my list too.
>
> —Nathan

Ouch, I love the riding-on-the-edge photos.

By the way, does anybody have informations about the french guy who went
down the Aconcagua mountain (Argentina) on a unicycle ? (someone from the
MTT club in France I believe)

-----Original Message----- From: Nathan Hoover [mailto:nathan@movaris.com]
Sent: Monday, April 30, 2001 1:22 PM To: unicycling@winternet.com Subject:
Unicycling/Climbing in Mexico

Just got back last week from a great trip to Mexico. Kris Holm and I went
with two photographer/climbers and managed to climb two of the high
volcanoes there with our unicycles. The “training climb” was La Malinche,
14,600’, and the real goal was El Pico de Orizaba, ~18,500’. This is the
3rd highest peak in North America. Getting up these peaks carrying our
unicycles was tough, but what a great time riding on the summits and down!
We couldn’t ride the whole descents as some parts were very steep, rocky,
dangerous etc. For Orizaba, the alarm went off at midnight, and we climbed
from 12:45am to 5:15am making the summit in time for a mind-blowing
sunrise, with a layer of clouds miles below. The next day, we were riding
at sea level in the warm water near Veracruz. Of all the peaks I’ve
climbed, over 400, this was the best or second best.

In addition, we rode and shot in Mexico City & many other places. Kris
pulled off some amazing stunts, all captured on video. With two
professional photographers along, I didn’t get as many great still shots
as I would’ve liked, but I put some up at
http://www.movaris.com/nathan/photo.html hosted at zing.com - check 'em
out. Later this year, there will be a short movie (7-10 minutes) and an
article in Outside Magazine from this trip. The movie may even be
available by download - more on that later. I learned a lot about how
photographers get good shots - mainly by lots of hard work.

Combining mountaineering and mountain unicycling worked surprisingly well,
once we got used to the altitude. I look forward to more trips like this!

Does anyone know how I can contact the French guy who did a similar trip
to (I think) Cotopaxi in Ecuador? That one’s on my list too.

—Nathan