"To practice for the Steck-Salathé, crawl across asphalt parking lots in the summer, on your knees and elbows."

- Dingus Milktoast

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

An anonymous companion

Today I had yet another frustrated attempt to climb Iztaccíhuatl via Arista de la Luz.

Despite the supposedly great weather forecast, I opted to turn back down when I reached L√°minas hut this morning after encountering falling hail, strong winds and null visibility. On the bright side, I logged a nice workout after muling up 12 kg of mountaineering gear for ~2,000 meters from San Rafael. Also managed to not switch into mountaineering boots during the whole 18.75 km hike, which made it a lot more comfortable.

This little doggie joined me for most of the way and even protected me from strangers we encountered along the route. He definitely earned a tasty snack while we briefly stopped at our highest point!

Rest of the photos are here or in the slideshow below:

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