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"If someone were to ask me to quit climbing because they love me so much and doesn't want to lose me, I'd be out the door so fast, that someone wouldn't have time to say adios."

- Inez Drixelius

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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