With all of the debate over dogs on this site, I thought it would be good for you to see a report through our eyes. My name is Copper, and next to me is my climbing partner, Dixie. We were enjoying the evening before our big day on Shav and Tab at this great campsite about a 1000ft gain from the trailhead.
The hike in to camp was good; our humans carried all of our gear 8) . We had plenty of water on the way up. We don’t even require filtration.
The next day we were on the trail. I love snow! Every chance I get I’ll take a break on it.
With a smile like this, how could you think of leaving me at home?
Below, you can see we almost reached the top of Shavano. We were just waiting for one of our humans. As much as you guys like the mountains, you sure are slow to get to the top.
On top there was more snow! Did I tell how much we like snow? Dixie was dancing to Who Let The Dogs Out.
It was now time to head down the other side of Shavano.
I told our humans we should go over to that other mountain called Taba-woof or something like that. I heard them call it 12 different names. It was funny hearing them pronounce it to the other humans.
The saddle between Shav and Tab was windy, but we were very pleased to see all of the wonderful snow. We stayed just to the left of it most of the way up.
The snow on top of Taba-woof made the top portion nice on the paws.
Below is my love Dixie; she could not believe she had climbed Shavano. It looked so big from the peak of Taba-woof.
I was checking out the ridge to the west. It looked fun; I’ve heard humans come up this way as well.
Dixie said, “Hey, Bill, what’s up with the 14ers.com sticker on the summit tube, dude?”
Ah! Lunch. Now we’re talking.
Here is my obligatory summit shot. Check out these guns, baby!
To the north is the rest of the Sawatch Range. I’ve climbed a few of them. Who says dogs don’t enjoy the views.
I love the views!
So does Dixie.
Below is my beautiful Dixie back on the summit of Shavano. This was #1 and #2 for her. I was very proud.
Now, we have to pass through the wind tunnel to get back to camp. The wind gusts were upwards of sixty miles per hour on the saddle.
My human was trying to fly. I thought I would join her, but we never got off the ground. It was fun trying.
I leave you with an awesome shot of Shavano and this thought. I know as dogs we annoy many humans on this site, but the mountains are big enough for both of us. Our humans can be idiots, but please don’t take it out on us. We love the mountains too.
See you on the trail!
Our tracks file with camp location.
My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):
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