Summiting Mexico’s Highest Peak

I’ll travel wherever and whenever as much as the next nomad. But over the last few years I’ve been really interested in combining this passion for travel with video work that can help bring an issue to either a wider audience or to broaden my own travel experiences. To this end, I’ve worked in places like the northeast of Nicaragua, Uganda, and post-earthquake Haiti.

My most recent adventure brought me to the border of Puebla and Veracruz states in Mexico in order to attempt to summit the third highest peak (18,500 feet) in North America and the highest peak in Mexico, the stratovolcanic Pico de Orizaba.

This wasn’t just any ordinary climb. In addition to the altitude, there was also a cause. Mountaineering pro Jake Norton and the Challenge 21 team are attempting to climb the 21 highest peaks of the world, all in the name of clean water and sanitation for the world’s neediest. It’s one of the most pressing issues of our time. Wanting to push myself, and to do so for a good cause, I signed up to join Jake in Mexico. This short film is the story. To learn more about Challenge 21, to contribute, or to also join the team on a climb, please check them out here: