Flatlander here. I plan to visit Colorado in late September to do as much hiking and camping as the weather will permit. It will be just me and my 3 year old Black Lab. We will do as much cardio training as possible to prepare for the workout we will get while out there, but living at 900' there is only so much we can do. I plan to spend at least 3 days at 10,000'-12,000' to aclimate before attempting a few of the "easy" 14ers but I was wondering if anyone has any ideas how quickly I can expect my dog to adjust.
She is in superb physical shape (if I took as good care of myself as I do her I would be running marathons before breakfast and doing triathalons every weekend) so I am not really worried about her except for the things that cannot be prepared for. She has very long legs and has no problems getting up and over 4' boulders. She LOVES snow, water and woods. I've done 8+ mile hikes through the roughest terrain around here and she ran circles around me the entire time. I've taken her snowshoeing in over 3' of snow (it was a 3 hour expedition for me) and she again ran circles around me.
Do dogs get AMS? I get a mild case every year when we ski Colorado, but nothing that keeps me off the hills. When hiking I will keep a ton of water with me so she can drink as much as she wants.
I will be getting a set of those "dog booties" with matching socks from REI that everyone raves about even though I am not sure if she will need them. She's been over some pretty tough ground here and she's never had a problem, but I'd rather be safe than sorry.
Does anyone have any thoughts?
PS - First post here on 14ers.com!
Last edited by The Pathfinder
on Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:33 am, edited 1 time in total.
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