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History of 14er Dogs

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Re: History of 14er Dogs

Postby Inky6900 » Wed Jun 17, 2009 12:53 pm

Horton is another on the list and is included for sure. The family has okayed his inclusion in the book but I have not met with them yet. I spoke with them this past month as well - email and phone. I hope to meet Horton and his family in the next month.
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Re: History of 14er Dogs

Postby geno71 » Wed Jun 17, 2009 1:03 pm

mountainmicah83 wrote:I am planning on doing the columbia/harvard traverse this weekend and was planning on not bringing him. Has anyone ever taken a dog on that ridge or is it just too impossible? I don't want to kill him but would like to bring him if he can do it!

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I took mine on the traverse in October of last year. We tried heading low enough into the drainage but it still was difficult. The talus was spaced further apart than most we've been on an he was starting to get scared as we hit the mid point and he slipped a few times on the wet rock. I had to carry him across a few sections but once we got about 1 mile past Columbia, he was fine and made it the rest of the way with no problems. He's not the most limber dog but he's done 19 of them with me and never really had a problem before that. If I could do it again, I would've waited until a dry day in the summer or not taken him at all. But chalk it up to a lesson learned.
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Re: History of 14er Dogs

Postby Inky6900 » Wed Jun 17, 2009 1:05 pm

Also, I would encourage everyone that has climbed with a dog to respond to this because I might be able to include many more people and dogs. I will have to see how all this works but I could possibly just list people and dogs that are not featured in depth. I don't want to make false promises but depending on how many responses I have, this is potentially possible.
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Re: History of 14er Dogs

Postby jf32 » Wed Jun 17, 2009 1:06 pm

I am planning on doing the columbia/harvard traverse this weekend and was planning on not bringing him. Has anyone ever taken a dog on that ridge or is it just too impossible? I don't want to kill him but would like to bring him if he can do it!


I was part of a 14ers trip that did that route last Nov. One of the guys on the trip (geno71 i believe) brought his dog and wound up carrying him across most of the ridge. I'm not saying a dog can't do it just relaying my experience.
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Re: History of 14er Dogs

Postby Chicalorado » Wed Jun 17, 2009 1:16 pm

My Portuguese Water Dog, Cubbie, finally turned 1 a couple months ago so I've been hiking with him frequently. Only one summit thus far (Mt. Morrison) but we're going for his first 14er on Friday (Democrat).
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Re: History of 14er Dogs

Postby Jefflewis320 » Wed Jun 17, 2009 1:49 pm

Okay, I'd been wanting to ask this for awhile but never wanted to start a forum about it so I'll just add it to this one since it's dog related, if that's okay. First of all, Josh, I think the book you are writing is an awesome idea and I look forward to reading it.

So I live in Kansas City and have a minature dachshund (a real mans dog), I really want to take him on a climb with me this summer. We walk and or run 2-3 miles several days a week. He is very athletic (for a dachshund) and basically my question is: has anyone else ever taken a small dog like this on a climb? I have climbed 10 14ers but have yet to climb Grays ... would that be a good one to take him on? Also, does altitude sickness effect dogs the same way it can effect humans?

And don't worry I'm fully prepared to carry him if I have to ... any insight would be great, thanks.

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Re: History of 14er Dogs

Postby gdthomas » Wed Jun 17, 2009 2:03 pm

You should start him out on a class 1 peak and see how he does - so Gray's should be fine. Dachshunds have very short legs so talus hopping and off trail climbing on the class 2+ peaks may be a problem. Having said that, my manly dog descended stuff I never thought he'd be able to navigate. He usually followed me down and I rarely looked back to see how he did it.

I recall a thread about a year ago re: dogs and AMS. It would think they are susceptible to AMS although I never noticed it in Rocky.

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Re: History of 14er Dogs

Postby mountainmicah83 » Wed Jun 17, 2009 3:28 pm

I have a buddy with a jack russell terrier (Stormy) and she does class 3 circles around us the entire hike. He has to put her in his coat when it gets too cold though because she has such short fur. He just bought her a doggy fleece, so we will see how that works out.

Thanks to others on the columbia/ harvard traverse with a dog. I don't really feel like carrying an extra 70lb on a class 3 traverse so I think I will take your advice and leave him at home even though he seems to be super limber and coordinated. Boy is he going to be mad at me when he finds out!
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Re: History of 14er Dogs

Postby climbit » Wed Jun 17, 2009 6:09 pm

Hi,
We love to hike with our dog. My boys and this dog have climbed over 25 of the 14ers. Here are a couple of shots from the Lake Como area. Those boys and that dog have inspired me to buy a lot of gear and drive many miles. Enjoy the journey.
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Re: History of 14er Dogs

Postby Monroe11 » Wed Jun 17, 2009 6:55 pm

I think to include Horton would be a great idea, he is a story in himself... i had the honor to meet him this January and what a great dog..
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Re: History of 14er Dogs

Postby pioletski » Wed Jun 17, 2009 7:05 pm

Since it came up... dogs are actually very resistant to altitude problems. They have a contractile spleen, which basically enables them to give themselves a blood transfusion when they get winded. I believe bears and some other carnivores can do this also.
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Re: History of 14er Dogs

Postby Missy_Goat » Wed Jun 17, 2009 7:15 pm

Climbit - great shots!!! 25 is an awesome number for a human, much less a dog! One of ours is FARE less coordinated, but he managed Quandary with ease last September. We climbed with one other great dane, so it was a dane-tastic hike :D

We keep Copper (the dane) to class 1's, he is much to clumsy I fear to attempt anything more technical. The gray one though (Booda) will be doing Humboldt and Shavano with us in two weeks. Dogs are SO much fun to hike with - they are just happy all the time :mrgreen:

Here a few pics from last September on Quandary:
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