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Dogs on 14ers

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Re: Dogs on 14ers

Postby SkiBikeClimb99 » Wed Jul 20, 2011 3:18 pm

What about pack animals?

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Re: Dogs on 14ers

Postby crossfitter » Wed Jul 20, 2011 3:39 pm

SkiBikeClimb99 wrote:What about pack animals?


Nothing worse than horses sh**ing all over the trail. Had to deal with that on the way out from Ice mountain and was ready to lay down some punji sticks for the next one.
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Re: Dogs on 14ers

Postby somethingrandom » Wed Jul 20, 2011 3:42 pm

crossfitter wrote:
SkiBikeClimb99 wrote:What about pack animals?


Nothing worse than horses sh**ing all over the trail. Had to deal with that on the way out from Ice mountain and was ready to lay down some punji sticks for the next one.


Seconded.

I was out around Elephant Butte area last week and damn if every other step wasnt avoiding a different giant pile of horse s**t. I know it is a way of life but damn.
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Re: Dogs on 14ers

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Wed Jul 20, 2011 3:43 pm

I absolutely hate horse s**t on the trail. It drives me bonkers
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Re: Dogs on 14ers

Postby metalmountain » Wed Jul 20, 2011 3:46 pm

BillMiddlebrook wrote:I absolutely hate horse s**t on the trail. It drives me bonkers



For sure!!! Was dodging some equine bombs on the way down south colony recently.

Some of the front range trails are just as bad at times. If I have to pick up my dogs crap, why shouldn't they have to pick up their horses' crap?!
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Re: Dogs on 14ers

Postby altidude » Wed Jul 20, 2011 4:56 pm

Glad I'm not the only one who despises "Horse Cairns".

Re: Dogs on 14ers

Postby its_not_a_tuba » Wed Jul 20, 2011 5:07 pm

One excellent argument for bringing your dog along on a hike is that it really ticks off the equestrians, and I have to admit that makes me pretty happy.
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Re: Dogs on 14ers

Postby SkiBikeClimb99 » Wed Jul 20, 2011 5:20 pm

Wow, it appears I struck a chord here. For the record, I don't have a dog or horse and I certainly don't drop sh*&ts in the middle of the trail. Sorry for getting ya'll stirred up here.

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Re: Dogs on 14ers

Postby jesse » Wed Jul 20, 2011 5:53 pm

BillMiddlebrook wrote:I absolutely hate horse s**t on the trail. It drives me bonkers

+1 this is something that is completely pisses me off as well #-o
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Re: Dogs on 14ers

Postby Kitten » Wed Jul 20, 2011 9:58 pm

jesse wrote:
BillMiddlebrook wrote:I absolutely hate horse s**t on the trail. It drives me bonkers

+1 this is something that is completely pisses me off as well #-o


+1 It should be forbidden! or they should collect it.
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Re: Dogs on 14ers

Postby bonehead » Thu Jul 21, 2011 7:49 am

A little historical perspective maybe.
Not that I'm a big fan of horse crap, but:
Horse packers (with their dogs) have a much longer history in the high country than backpackers, hikers and climbers.
My first adventures in the Sierras in the sixties found way more horses than hikers.
Of course it's the other way around now.
Back then I think they had the same disdain for backpackers as we now seem to have for them.

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Re: Dogs on 14ers

Postby kbmiller » Thu Jul 21, 2011 8:04 am

I hate big ol' piles of bear sh&t on the trail, especially in good berry years -- all purple and seedy.

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