Ascent of Volcán La Malinche on 2004-01-28

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Kidi from germany
pack of dogs
Date:Wednesday, January 28, 2004
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Volcán La Malinche
    Elevation:4419 m / 14501 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Rose and I are in Mexico on the way to Manzanillo for our yearly winter holiday. This year I decided to climb Orizaba before going to Manzanillo.
We arrived at Tlachichuca on Jan 22nd and made climbing arrangements for Pico de Orizaba with Gerardo Reyes of Servimont in Tlachichuca, tentatively for Feb 1-4. In the mean time we would play tourists and go to "LA MALINCHE" for acclimatization training.
Tomorrow the 29th came we went back to Tlachichuca, all ready for our climb, however this was not to be ..... a huge/unusual snow storm that evening would delay our climb.

Today I climbed La Malinche for the second time, this TR is not to talk about the climb but rather to tell a story related to a pack of dogs that followed me each day when climbing at La Malinche.

Every morning when I left for my hike I would be followed by a PACK OF 4-7 DOGS, for the most part staying with me on the ascent and the descent.
The first day was VERY NERVING/SCARRY, as I walked they would they would keep their distance, staying ahead/besides/behind me. However every time I stopped for a water or snack break they would encircle me waiting for food. This scarried me as I didn't know how they would react if I did something they didn't like. I would shoo and throw things at them, they would run away but regroup in no time, this went on for most of this first day.
By the end of the day I warmed up to them, realizing that they were friendly I lost my fear. They all went their way once back to camp, except for an ugly brown male dog who stuck around. Rose fed him during dinner and he ended up sleeping outside of our van. WE LIKED THIS UGLY DOG.

I summitted La Malinche on two different occasion and both times the same 3 dogs came with me to the summit, the rest would wait at the bottom of the main ridge. I purposely brought some extra food with me and throw it to them during the breaks.

On the way up today 2 dogs copulated/locked for I don't know how long. The ugly brown dog always at my side. I met a young man on the summit today a German named Kidi. I got back to camp, summitting for the second time, after an exausting 7 1/2 hour day. It was the usual beautifull hot sunny Mexican day. As usual Rose would help me in my recuperation.
After laying down my backpack behind the van, we sat in our black camping chairs beside the van under a huge shade tree, recounting our day, taking in liquids and snacking and slowly taking off my sticky wet clothes. We sat there enjoying our company.

I was looking forward to my shower, when out of the corner of my eye what do I see ??? The ugly brown DOG PISSING/MARKING HIS TERRITORY on my still unopened backpack !!! The f..n sob !!!
By this time I was barefooted and stripped down to my soaked, stinky, faded red bikini underwear, which Rose has been trying to get rid-of for months. I liked them.
I jumped out of my black chair, startling Rose, a hiking boot in my cocked right hand, screaming, running after the f..n ugly dog ....finally throwing the boot his way .... nowhere close !!! But I still kept running after the s.o.b through the campsite, barefooted and in my SOAKED,STINKY, FADED RED BIKINI UNDERWEAR !!!
Luckily the campsite was about empty at the time, a local worker got a big kick out of the whole scene, which I did not think funny at the time. It goes without saying I did not get close to the ugly brown dog.
We would never see him again, tomorrow we will transfer to Tlachichuca and Orizaba.

My grandchildren found this story funny but not as funny as the one of me sitting in a NWT stinky outhouse, trying to do my daily business and swatting mosquitos off MY BARE WHITE REAR END at the same time.... try it sometime ?? For some reason my grandchildren love my many toilet stories !!!

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1320 m / 4331 ft
    Distance:17.4 km / 10.8 mi
    Route:from IMSS resort camping,S on road/trail to S ridg
    Trailhead:IMSS resort camping at park entrance  3099 m / 10170 ft
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Partly Cloudy

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