Idea: Leave home, climb and ski North America's highest volcano, Mexico's Pico de Orizaba, and return a weekend.

Traveling from sea level and climbing to Orizaba's 18,500-foot summit in a weekend...hurt.

Grayson Schaffer and Caroline Gleich agreed to my idea. And I'm glad they did, because they were the perfect partners for such a terrible/awesome idea. 

photos Grayson Schaffer, Caroline Gleich, and me