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Taking my dog Kelso's Ridge??

Postby mountainjock » Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:06 pm

Hi ya'll! I did a search on this, but I am curious of your opinions. I take my dog rock climbing and hiking, and he can scramble quite well! I love my dog, and his safety is first and foremost. I have no problem keeping him on a leash (kind of like being on belay I guess) Do you think is doable? Or would I be the @^#hat of the day?

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Re: Taking my dog Kelso's Ridge??

Postby mountaingoat-G » Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:32 pm

Not sure if you have done Kelso Ridge before and others may disagree, but IMO: bad idea...
YMMV

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Re: Taking my dog Kelso's Ridge??

Postby Kent McLemore » Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:34 pm

Don't take your dog on Kelso Ridge. It could easily dislodge rocks endangering climbers below and the knife edge may pose a problem for a creature with no hands.

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Re: Taking my dog Kelso's Ridge??

Postby mountainjock » Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:37 pm

Yeah, I kinda thought I would be leaving him at home. Oh well, another day, and another trail!!!

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Re: Taking my dog Kelso's Ridge??

Postby Floyd » Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:40 pm

Either try the route first and then make a decision or do your own research based on the route descripton and trip reports. There was a dog a few years ago (forget his name or I'd find the thread - maybe a thousand replies) that was lost for a few days off of this route and turned up in the river along I-70, got hit by a car trying to get to his rescuer and lost an eye, broken bones. There was a collection to pay for his injuries. Anyways, tough story where the owner was busy getting his partner down the mountain due to AMS and the dog wanted to keep going up. No leash so they got seperated and the owner couldn't find him after heading back up to look.

If you listen to the folks on this site, all dogs should just be chained to a tree in the backyard and never let off your own property. I won't tell you one way or another to try it or not, but the turnoff for the ridge is literally a few yards from the main trail. Why not head up there, give it a look and if you don't like it, hike the standard trail?
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Re: Taking my dog Kelso's Ridge??

Postby gdthomas » Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:45 pm

In the six or so times I've climbed Kelso Ridge, I've never seen a dog on the route. My gut reaction is to say bad idea but dogs can do amazing things and, in fact, a few have climbed all the 14ers. The several class 3 pitches and knife edge can probably all be circumvented if you and your dog don't mind wading through scree. Keeping him on a leash the entire route may be difficult. Pick a good weather day and leave early. KR is not a place you want to be in a thunderstorm, with or without a dog.

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Re: Taking my dog Kelso's Ridge??

Postby Rich H » Mon Jul 02, 2012 1:13 pm

gives new meaning to Dead Dog Couloir.
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Re: Taking my dog Kelso's Ridge??

Postby bpko » Mon Jul 02, 2012 2:37 pm

Rich H wrote:gives new meaning to Dead Dog Couloir.


:lol: It was only a matter of time :lol:
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Re: Taking my dog Kelso's Ridge??

Postby gdthomas » Mon Jul 02, 2012 2:42 pm

Rich H wrote:gives new meaning to Dead Dog Couloir.


You didn't lose a rat on Grays did you?

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Re: Taking my dog Kelso's Ridge??

Postby TCUTED » Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:28 pm

gdthomas wrote:a few have climbed all the 14ers.


How did anyone get a dog up Longs peak? Were the NPS rangers on vacation that day?

On a second note, I just did Kelso's last week and I'm going to second everyone else here and advise against taking a dog up there. Also, I met a couple of people my first time up Grays who said they took a dog up there, and they mentioned it was the worst/scariest experience they have ever had in the mountains, so if that is any indication...

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Re: Taking my dog Kelso's Ridge??

Postby brech » Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:34 pm

My daughter and I did Kelso's on Sunday, there was another group with a Border Collie on the ridge. Quite a bit of loose stuff and few narrow places, a class 3 wall about 20' high and then the knife edge, looked like there was a way to go around the knife edge if you wanted to.
I'm sure there are some dogs who would enjoy this route, but most probably wouldn't
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Re: Taking my dog Kelso's Ridge??

Postby Vinegaroon » Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:37 pm

I'll beat a dead horse on this questions too... I did Kelso last year, and I take my dog on many hikes, and she has no problems on most 3rd and even 4th calss scrambles. There is a the knife egde section on the Kelso Ridge that is a bit too risky for MY dog, and no real alternate way around it (which my dog always finds)... So, again, no.
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