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BOLD trip to Mexico to climb Pico de Orizaba
by -- January 28th, 2012

Photos from BOLD’s (Building Outdoor Leaders and Doers) winter break trek in Mexico.

La Malinche, 14,636 ft tall volcano that we summited

La Malinche, 14,636 ft tall volcano that we summited

Kat with a stray dog that led us to the summit of La Malinche. We named her Mexi.

Kat with a stray dog that led us to the summit of La Malinche. We named her Mexi.

The side of Malinche's crater

The side of Malinche's crater

Sunset from the base camp on Pico de Orizaba

Sunset from the base camp on Pico de Orizaba

Summit of Pico de Orizaba at 18,491 ft. Pico de Orizaba is the tallest mountain in Mexico, and second most prominent volcanic peak in the world after Kilimanjaro.

Summit of Pico de Orizaba at 18,491 ft. Pico de Orizaba is the tallest mountain in Mexico, and second most prominent volcanic peak in the world after Kilimanjaro.

The side of Pico de Orizaba's crater

The side of Pico de Orizaba's crater

First team to summit: Kat Fraser, Lannas Barfield, Jesse Johnson, and Niki West

First team to summit: Kat Fraser, Lannas Barfield, Jesse Johnson, and Niki West

View from the summit of Pico de Orizaba

View from the summit of Pico de Orizaba

Jesse Johnson, Sangeeta Ballal, Niki West in front of the trail head for Pico de Orizaba

Jesse Johnson, Sangeeta Ballal, Niki West in front of the trail head for Pico de Orizaba

View of the summit on the way down

View of the summit on the way down

Pico de Orizaba off in the distance

Pico de Orizaba off in the distance

Niki West and Jesse Johnson

Niki West and Jesse Johnson

Everybody on the summit of La Malinche

Everybody on the summit of La Malinche

Niki West

Niki West

Everybody on a truck

Everybody on a truck

Lannas Barfield

Lannas Barfield

Niki West, MEM ’12, shares photos from her recent excursion in Mexico with Duke University’s BOLD. During winter break Niki, and other Duke students, climbed Pico de Orizaba. The mountain measures 18,491 ft above sea level in the eastern end of the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt, on the border between the states of Veracruz and Puebla.

The BOLDS’s website states that its mission “is to provide hands-on, exciting opportunities for graduate students and alumni to develop and strengthen personal leadership skills through structured outdoor sports and activities. Outdoor experiences provide a challenging, action-oriented environment, demanding students to think strategically, communicate effectively, and act confidently in authentic, dynamic situations. The program is structured to provide valuable feedback and encourages self-reflection in order to enhance the leadership abilities inherent within us all.  Experiences may include, but are not limited to: mountaineering, climbing, kayaking, backpacking, biking, sailing, canyoneering, canoeing and orienteering.” As we can see from these photos, BOLD succeeded in giving these students a trip of a lifetime.

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