"I wouldn't go there if I were you. They steal from the store and they smell and they wear rags and even piss right outside their tents. I tell you, it's like a leper colony, that place."

- Yosemite Lodge bellman trying to dissuade a girl from visiting Camp 4, 1962

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 Láminas 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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