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Postby davebks » Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:31 am

Hi there,
Since my last post I got a new pup! I am super excited. We have already hiked a ton since April and he loves it. He is 9 months, australian shepherd.
I skinned up at Marshall Mesa when we had that big last storm, then skiied down and he had a blast.

With a dog that opens up some new doors for me since I have always been a solo (or with friends) hiker/climber.
What are some good peaks to do with a dog?? skin and ski, or just hike up and down.
Anything good right now? I am thinking in the next week or two especially since the snow has settled a bit.

I live in the boulder area so anything within a few hours is great.
Thanks!!!
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Re: dog friendly skiing and climbing

Postby climbingbiz » Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:05 pm

I've taken my dog along on most of my class 1 or 2 climbs ( he has 18 14er Summits.) As far as I know they're allowed on every peak with the exception of Longs. La Plata was a fun peak with mild conditions and would be a good start.

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Re: dog friendly skiing and climbing

Postby Dave B » Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:34 pm

James Peak is always a good one (if there's enough snow).

Please be careful because:

Young pups want to run with you when you ski, sometimes they veer in front of you all the sudden. Ski edges are very sharp and the skin on dogs legs is very tender.

Emergency vet visits cost close to $1000 and driving 2 hours back to town with your dog's leg gushing blood is incredibly stressful.

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Re: dog friendly skiing and climbing

Postby davebks » Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:55 pm

oh man, so sorry about your pup!!! That is rough. Glad he's ok though!!!! :(

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Re: dog friendly skiing and climbing

Postby davebks » Mon Jul 23, 2012 2:10 pm

Revisiting this one...
I am thinking about taking Jax up a peak this weekend.
Greys perhaps. Its his first big peak but weve been hiking a ton.

thoughts on which to go to? i wont take him over class 1 or 2 and my thought is off leash at the base but once we get up near ridges, keep him on leash.
greys, torreys, sherman?? any of those good for the pup?

no bierstadt. I wont go up there again, its a freaking zoo.

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Re: dog friendly skiing and climbing

Postby Mel McKinney » Mon Jul 23, 2012 3:43 pm

davebks wrote:Revisiting this one...
I am thinking about taking Jax up a peak this weekend.
Greys perhaps. Its his first big peak but weve been hiking a ton.

thoughts on which to go to? i wont take him over class 1 or 2 and my thought is off leash at the base but once we get up near ridges, keep him on leash.
greys, torreys, sherman?? any of those good for the pup?

no bierstadt. I wont go up there again, its a freaking zoo.


Grays and Torreys won't be much better, I'm guessing. I recall those hikes (especially Grays) as "zoos." Sherman might be busy too, but possibly less crowded. I took a dog up a few years ago without an issue. There's a ridge area that might be an issue (gets kind of narrow) but sounds like you'll have Jax on-leash.
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Re: dog friendly

Postby davebks » Mon Jul 23, 2012 3:47 pm

Thanks for the info. I know Greys and Torreys gets nuts but I don't think anything is as nuts as Bierstadt.
That being said there are plenty of fun options out there and I don't really mind the crowds that much as long as we are up early before the masses set on their climbs.

I was thinking maybe Sherman, Lincoln, or something? I just need a peak with a solid trail and no real climbing or heavy scree since he's...well, a dog.

I would definitely leash when we get near some ridges and stuff although he's an aussie and rarely leaves my side. Still better safe than sorry though....

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Re: dog friendly

Postby DaveSwink » Mon Jul 23, 2012 4:04 pm

We went up Huron last weekend. It is pretty mellow hiking for a 14er, and there were probably 10 dogs on the mountain. Beautiful mountain and nice views, but there were a LOT of people. No quite a zoo, but maybe a county fair. :shock:

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Re: dog friendly

Postby davebks » Mon Jul 23, 2012 4:14 pm

To be honest the only reason I am taking him up a 14er is because my girlfriend has never done one and really wants to do one this summer. Otherwise I'd find a lesser peak with less people.
I figure she needs a mellow one to start so it might work out great to take both of them on their first together!

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Re: dog friendly

Postby edhaman » Mon Jul 23, 2012 4:17 pm

Here's a dog-related trip report from the Dogs on Holy Cross thread: :

http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=4993&parmuser=COmedic04&cpgm=tripuser

And I'll once again ask the question I ask in all of these dog threads: Are you able and willing to carry your dog back to the car if the dog gets sick or injured?

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Re: dog friendly

Postby davebks » Mon Jul 23, 2012 4:19 pm

answer is yes, and another reason I am picking an easier shorter 14er.

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Re: dog friendly

Postby LupinMorningwake » Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:25 am

Your pup should have no problem on Sherman or Lincoln (just make sure that you're watching his pads). My boys really enjoyed Massive.

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