Two of my four-legged guides on La Malinche
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Upon arriving at I.M.S.S., I began talking to people to confirm that I knew where the trailhead was, etc. for the next morning. I got all the advice I would need for the next day, however, I was also told not to worry because the dogs will lead you up the mountain! Sure enough, eight dogs joined me at the start of the day! Six of them stuck it out and accompanied me for the full day - except for the final stretch to the summit, where the boulder field blocked their way. But they waited for me and slept in the shade until I got back!
Photo by Laszlo Hulicsko, March 8, 2006