cheeseburglar wrote: doggler wrote:
MntOwl wrote:Cool thread, but a lot of variables to deal with. What if we start with the easiest? What would be the easiest 3-5 14ers for dogs, maybe a list can grow from this?
In all seriousness, I don't know if there is much difference between this list
and any one constructed for canines.
Yes, my dogs have climbed class 4 peaks that aren't 14ers, but didn't summit Snowmass because of the 20 people occupying the 40 square foot summit. Not having a bunch of people makes class 3 much more reasonable to take a dog on. And possible but still sort of risky to take a dog on Class 4 if you know there is no one else around.
Which makes pretty much all 13ers much better to take a dog on than any 14er...
Without getting into the "there is really no 4th class on any 14er standard route" whole argument, Micah took Baz up the four Chicago Basin 14ers and he did fine. So it depends on the dog. We also saw very few people that day. It was early to mid September 2010. See the TR for more details.
I have known guys with dogs that could do fifth class. No kidding. Up to like 5.6 or 5.7. Mostly small breeds, like a Jack Russel. They pretty much just attack the hard parts by running up them. There was one guy who used to bring his dog to the climbing gym and he'd hit some of the boulder problems on the ramp-like lower angle stuff. It was a hoot!
So give those canines half a chance!