But Day did not end there as i was aware told about a surprise hike plan by my trekking guides with whom i covered many of the peaks in Monterrey. Got to know later that they were equally sad that i was leaving from there and had decided to take me into something which i could not do in my 1 year of stay in Monterrey ! Talking about guides i should not forget to mention about Carlos Javier whom i met in my first Hike in Monterrey with any guides and he was helpful to take me to Pico Norte in Serro De La Silla and La M in Chipinque some day later. Next come my popular guides Andres and Maricela whom i met first in Pico Perico and Pyramides in Cerro De la Mitras and continued to meet in hikes like Las Aguilas in Chipinque , La Meseta in La Huasteca, El Musgo in Arteaga. Next person to remember is Israel Morales , who happens to be the founder of Alpek Adventures( a famous hiking/trekking company based in Monterrey) with whom i traveled till Matacanes an another adrenaline wonder and by whom i got to know about so many places around Monterrey which i could not visit and not listed in any of the blogs/travelogues ! I wish i could meet you a bit earlier man so that i could cover more :-(
Nevertheless it was great meeting you all and am happy for whatever i could cover :-)
I had been to La Huasteca 3 times before that day and had done Cycling, Visiting by TT and walking inside the dark cave and going to the other side of the Dam, hiking to La Meseta. But never done Rappelling for which the La Huasteca is known for. There were few occasions where i could have done it. But i had to choose the better plans i had for those days. Andres and Maricela were contacting my trekking Partner Nancy on what time my flight was on Tuesday and i have updated that it was on Thursday afternoon. But i need to leave in morning to catch it. So, they were asking if i was interested in some very short hiking in La Huasteca which would end by 10 PM. Initially i was not ready for it as i had to finish my packing. As i never say no for any trekking/hiking plans and over thrilled by the thought of some one organizing something for me in some strange country i agreed for that plan and decided to start packing on Tuesday night itself loosing most of my sleep that night :-)
That day evening when i was preparing to leave for Huasteca, have noticed a whatsapp group created for that and could see many strange people in it. Nancy was asking if i knew them and i was not knowing any of them except Andres, Maricela, Israel and guides like Luis, Christian whom i met in Matacanes Trip. So, was surprised on this change of plan. We reached the La Huasteca Entrance around 06:45 PM as planned and i was further surprised to see Israel distributing the rappelling and mountaineering gears to many guys who had come there ! I was not knowing what is happening and are were going with the same set of people ! By this time, Nancy revealed the secret that we were about to do some serious rock climbing and rappelling over there that day and she thought i may like the surprise ! I was bit furious initially as i did not wanted to injure myself doing some crazy stuff and end up affecting my journey on next day ! But I believed Nancy and Alpek guides i have seen in trips like Las Aguilas, Mitras, Metacanes which were damm crazy and the amount of care they take to avoid some untoward incidents. So, I relaxed myself and decided to wear the gears and enjoy the plan instead of backing off from the adventure at that moment.
|Briefing by Israel about the day's activitiy|
Beginning of Hike:
Got to know that We have to Hike and do some rock climbing to reach the summit known as Pico Licos which is seen in the next pic and you can also see the route to reach there
|Infront of Pico Licos which is in the shape of Triangle wihch starts from the head of Nancy and Ends at the head of Venky|
Initial 200 meters were easy and then the ascent started to increase.
|Increase of Ascent towards Pico Licos|
Challenges increased further when we came across points like below ones where we had to make use of our mountaineering gears and pay close attention to the instructions of the guides.
After some time, we reached at a point near the peak and had to wait for the first set of people to come down as the summit was narrow and not more than 4-5 people could sit there.
You can see my youtube channel for the videos from the Summit and Monterrey lights looks like below one from the summit
|A Pic at the Pico Licos Summit|
50 meter Rappelling !:
I have never done Rappelling in Night and not for a distance as high as 50+ meters ! So, was bit nervous initially . But decided to go ahead anyhow.
Initial Few meters were OK. But after some distance i started feeling like distance is never ending . Luckily i could hear the sounds from bottom and they were motivating me and guiding me on right direction to take (left or right) to avoid going to the wrong destination
|Guides at the bottom of 50 meter rappel|
|A View from the bottom of 2nd Rappel of 50 meters|
|Views from the Last Rappel|
We reached the bottom of La Huasteca around 09:45 PM as they mentioned earlier.
|Pico Licos at Night|
We Waited for the rest of the guides to descend and have a group pic
|Pic with our Guide Andres and Lady in blue dress who came here alone (without any guides) !|
Coincidentally it was birthday that night for one of our guides Luis. So, we wished him happy b'day and all wished me happy journey. With Lots of joy and hope to keep in touch with these amazing guys and to see them sometime later, i bid farewell to La Huasteca and later to Monterrey...
|Our Guides Mau Quiroga(First in Right),Nestor(First from the Left and Luis (b'day boy) 3rd from the right|