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Quandary Dog

Postby jobu0683 » Sat Aug 01, 2009 8:45 am

Greetings all,

I hiked Quandary yesterday with my son. He's 7, it was his first 14er. Congrats to the folks getting married at the top if you're reading this.

Our question was does anyone know anything about "Quandary Dog", the lab that has that name on his tag and apparently spends his days on various parts of the East Ridge trail? He/she (I didn't check) was very friendly, easily befriending all two and four legged hikers that he happened upon. It looks like he lives at the house at the corner of Blue Lakes and McCullough Gulch. Just curious.

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Re: Quandary Dog

Postby wasclywabbit » Sat Aug 01, 2009 8:47 am

That's Horton, he's a 14er legend. You can find him on the peak just about every day of the year.
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Re: Quandary Dog

Postby IHikeLikeAGirl » Sat Aug 01, 2009 8:56 am

I've never had the pleasure of meeting Horton, did Quandary before his time. Will have to go back and see if I can meet the little guy.

This has some good info on him and a video:
http://www.zootoo.com/petnews/highaltitudemountainclimbingdo-825
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Re: Quandary Dog

Postby davebobk47 » Sat Aug 01, 2009 9:47 am

I remember meeting Horton. I was just about treeline in the late fall and I see something out of the corner of my eye start running towards me. The first thing that came to mind was a mountain lion but I immediatly saw it was just a friendly dog.
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Re: Quandary Dog

Postby davidmarginian » Sat Aug 01, 2009 11:18 am

Great to see he is still around. I did Quandary over 3 years ago. He followed us all the way to the top and even took a break with us at my truck after the hike. When we pulled off he ran next to the truck for several hundred yards (I was wondering if he was going to follow us home!).

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Re: Quandary Dog

Postby cftbq » Sat Aug 01, 2009 11:45 am

By heading up from the TH about 1 in the morning, we were lucky enough to have Horton accompany us virtually all the way to the top, and even got him in some of our summit pictures. He's cool.
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Re: Quandary Dog

Postby Peak Fitness » Sat Aug 01, 2009 8:04 pm

Horton is the coolest dog. My brother and I had the honor of hiking with Horton when we did Quandary back in '05. At the time, we had no idea who he was. We just thought he was some lost dog at first. He left us at one point on the way up but on the way down, we ran into him again. Only this time, he had a dead marmot in his mouth. I'm not even kidding. Many other people were up there that day that also probably saw this. It was early July of '05.

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Re: Quandary Dog

Postby hfd73 » Sat Aug 01, 2009 8:48 pm

My wife and I met Horton at his owners shop in Breckenridge. We had actually climbed Quandary that morning and had been looking for him, he wasn't on the mtn that day. What a surprise to see him in town.

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Re: Quandary Dog

Postby Joonya » Sat Aug 01, 2009 10:10 pm

I've met Horton too - 2 times definately , 3 maybe - hard to tell if memories are blurring together or not. I saw him was last May. I have enjoyed his company every time - except last time. I was being greeted at the summit by a group of goats , and I did find them to be more suitable for an alpine setting than an unleashed domesticated pet; so when Horton chased them away - I was quite disappointed with his company. I posted pics and wrote about it here last spring. I know people love him , And I do too - but , "unleashed pet"...............I'm just sayin'.........................

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Re: Quandary Dog

Postby harrise » Sat Aug 01, 2009 10:21 pm

Indeed, "unleashed pet".

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